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  • Flying Home

    Carrier pigeons have been used to carry messages back and forth for hundreds of years. But using the pigeons had some limitations; for example, they could only be trained to fly to known positions. They could also fall prey to various dangers, or even get lost. Any number of unknown factors could enter into the […]


    The 35th annual Menoken Grove State Rally of North Dakota’s ABATE group begins today in Menoken, North Dakota. ABATE, which stands for American Bikers Aiming Towards Education, is a national organization with branches in nearly all of the fifty states and several Canadian provinces. In North Dakota, the grass-roots organization is composed of twelve districts. […]

  • T.B. Walker’s Sawmill in Grand Forks

    It is quite surprising to find that Grand Forks once played a major role in the lumber industry, but from 1886 to 1892, one of T.B. Walker’s sawmills was located on the banks of the Red River just south of the Kennedy Bridge. The Walker Mill cut millions of board feet into two-by-fours for building […]

  • Bismarck Bigamist

    The city of Bismarck was shocked on this day in 1904, with the arrest of one of the city’s finest attorneys. A. J. Hedrix, long-time resident of Bismarck, was arrested by Sheriff Welch on charges of bigamy. The arrest came after Hedrix’s first wife came to Bismarck from Des Moines, Iowa, and filed a complaint […]

  • When Satchel Paige Struck Out Twenty Beulah Miners

    It is a well-known fact that the great black pitcher Satchel Paige played for the Bismarck semi-professional baseball team in 1933 and in 1935. What might not be known is that Paige’s highest strike-out total for a single game in those two seasons was twenty, in a nine-inning game against the Beulah Miners ballclub on […]

  • Rebuilding Fargo

    For North Dakotans, Fargo and Grand Forks are often portrayed as rival cities competing for supremacy in the eastern part of the state. Fargo is the biggest city, but Grand Forks has the Air Force base. And NDSU and UND athletic teams have had a storied rivalry. But a long time ago, the city of […]

  • All Stock and No Style

    The term “product placement” really emerged in the 1980s, but it was used long before, as evidenced by an article printed by The Wilton News in 1912. On this date, a man named Peter Jonson was arraigned for hitting his mother-in-law. It seems he’d been smoking a cigar that stank terribly, aggravating her asthma, and […]

  • Fort Mandan Overlook

    Proudly positioned on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River stands a solitary marker commemorating Fort Mandan—headquarters of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the winter of 1804-1805. While a beautiful reconstruction of the fort was built near Washburn in 1971, the original fortification sat alongside the Missouri some ten miles west. A small triangular structure, […]

  • Granitoid

    North Dakota’s weather is brutal for street pavements. Freezing and thawing and heat waves combine with heavy traffic to crumble even the strongest tar or concrete streets or highways. As automobile traffic increased from 1900 to 1910, the city of Grand Forks experimented with various paving materials as motorists demanded better roads, trying “tar” and […]

  • Fargo Find: Missing Wife

    Fargo Police Chief Gowland had little expectation of solving a case he was handed on May 30, 1904, involving a missing woman and her ten-year-old daughter. Last seen in Oklahoma, there seemed to be little prospect of finding them in North Dakota. But the Chief looked into the case, learning from the file that the […]

  • 100th Anniversary of Bismarck Diocese

    This month the Catholic Church is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Diocese of Bismarck. In addition to centennial events planned for later in June, the Diocese published three books, (four, really if you count both volumes of the huge cookbook!). One of those books, titled “I Will Appoint You Shepherds,” is a necrology…an […]

  • Bismarck Diocese Centennial

    The Bismarck Diocese of the Catholic Church is celebrating its Centennial this month. In addition to the many planned festivities, the Diocese published three books to mark the occasion; a history book of the Catholic Church in western North Dakota; a necrology, that is an account of the lives of priests and bishops now deceased, […]

  • Memorial Day

    Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice in service for their country. Originating after the Civil War and first known as Decoration Day, the memorial observances were often conducted by members of the Grand Army of the Republic, composed of veterans of the Civil War. By […]

  • Memorial Day

    Today we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, but originally, May 30th was designated “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the [civil war].” So on this date in 1917, the people of Kenmare honored their country […]

  • Booming

    New Rockford, in Eddy County, and Carrington, in Foster County, are only about seventeen miles apart. They share similarities: Both were settled about 1882; both had post offices established in 1883; both were on the upswing to become leading cities. Both cities also supplied commentary on the benefits and progress of their towns. These reports […]

  • Confederate in North Dakota

    North Dakota was not a state when the North and the South fought the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. However, a multitude of Union veterans moved into Dakota Territory in the years after the war had ended. Many of these war veterans became the leaders and first families of towns across the span of […]

  • Sunday Baseball

    Until 1920, state law in North Dakota did not allow anyone to play organized baseball games on a Sunday. Sunday was to be a day of rest and for church services. However, North Dakotans were said to be “baseball mad” – absolutely mad for playing America’s national game. As a preacher said about North Dakota: […]

  • Saddle-making

    If you’ve ever seen a saddle, you probably realize a lot of work goes into making them. They’ve been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. In fact, in the first century AD, Pliny the Elder said that a Thessalonian first invented saddles and bridles, though this can’t be strictly taken as […]

  • Comet

    North Dakotans were abuzz with excitement over Halley’s Comet one hundred years ago, in May of 1910. Halley’s Comet, a periodical comet with an orbital period of about 76 years, got its name from English astronomer Edmund Halley, who lived from 1656 to 1742, who predicted its reappearance in 1758 or 1759. A comet is […]

  • Opium Smuggling in 1895

    On this day in 1895, the Grand Forks Herald published a fascinating article about the illegal opium trade from Canada into North Dakota. Trade in opium from poppies grown in Asia was, and still is, an international drug problem. The addictive properties of opium have always lain quietly intermixed with its powers of relieving grievous […]