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  • Buffalo Blaze

    A terrible fire was reported from the town of Buffalo, North Dakota, on this date in 1900. The fire swept through the city’s business district, destroying every business save one. Like many early towns of the time, the majority of Buffalo’s businesses were concentrated onto a single block in the town’s center. Although this proved […]

  • Oak Lawn Church

    In the study of North Dakota’s history, we are often confronted by the deeds and actions of the ‘great men’ of the state’s past; the grit of Theodore Roosevelt, the headstrong courage of George Armstrong Custer, the acrimonious governorships of William Langer or the fatalistic determination of Sitting Bull. Certainly, North Dakota history would have […]

  • Runaway Boxcar

    A Bismarck man endured a frightening ride on this day in 1908. Percy Simpson, a Soo line employee, was working on the roof of the boxcar near Wilton, North Dakota, when the incident occurred. Simpson, a brakeman, had been sent to the top of the car to repair a bent brake shaft. While Simpson worked […]

  • Ole Thortwick

    Ole G. Thortwick, lauded as the first settler in the Red River Valley, passed away on this date in 1908. Thortwick traveled to the area from his home in Houston County, Minnesota. As the first homesteaders to stake a claim in the valley, he and his wife did so in hopes of farming the valley’s […]

  • Choose Your Own

    A young man from Golden Valley was driving around when he saw a giant eagle attacking a jack rabbit. He stopped to see what would happen, but when the rabbit ran under his car, the eagle began to attack him! It tore off the top of the car and attempted to carry him off, but […]

  • Prize Pumpkin

    The Territory of Dakota announced its contribution to the New Orleans Exposition on this day in 1884. Territorial officials announced that the state would send a prize pumpkin, weighing 185 pounds, to the city. The 1885 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition was to highlight commercial enterprise throughout the world. North Dakota’s pumpkin represented the […]

  • Ridiculous Retraction

    A retraction issued by Deputy United States Marshal A. B. Wood was sent to the Associated Press and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on this date in 1910. The retraction, although a serious matter, was the result of a practical joke gone awry. It […]

  • Takako Konishi Urban Myth

    It was this week, in 2001, a Japanese woman was discovered dead after a mysterious cross-state sojourn that many believed was her search for the lost treasure depicted in the Coen brothers’ movie, FARGO. Takako Konishi was first noticed by a trucker who spotted the petite 28 year-old wandering near a landfill on the outskirts […]

  • Veterans Day

    Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor the many soldiers who have fought for us and our country throughout our history. On this date in 1932, local veterans from both the Spanish-American War and World War I were honored at an “Armistice Day Dinner” in Bismarck. Later in the month, Bismarck’s Spanish-American vets also […]

  • John Cowan

    In November of 1910, John Cowan, a well respected judge from Devils Lake, set a match to the tinderbox of prohibition by refusing to hear a case about two little “blind pigs.” Three-time attorney general, and the first North Dakota official to be impeached, John Cowan was born in 1858 in Moffat, Scotland. John didn’t […]

  • Empire Arts Center

    Driving down DeMers Avenue and headed toward the Red River, you will find the building some refer to as “The Jewel in the Heart of Downtown Grand Forks”. Otherwise known as the Empire Arts Center, the building has seen numerous name changes and several face lifts in its 90 year history. Minnesota architects Charles Buechner […]

  • Sealed with a Kiss

    In 1954, Marilyn Wentz was crowned homecoming queen of the University of North Dakota. It was announced by the Bismarck Tribune on this date through a photograph printed in the newspaper; the pretty girl forever caught in a state of high emotions, laughing and looking ecstatic as she sported her new crown. The girl was […]

  • Bumper Ballots

    A strangely unique political ploy was reported from Bottineau on this day in 1910. The ploy was enacted by the Democratic headquarters that city, and was discovered and reported by a group of angry Republican supporters. Apparently, the Democrats were distributing bumper stickers in support of their candidate for governor, John Burke. Among the stickers […]

  • UND

    The University of North Dakota was founded one hundred and twenty-six years ago, on this date in 1883. A full six years before North Dakota became a state, the Territorial Legislature approved a bill establishing the institution. Grand Forks native George Walsh submitted the bill, which anticipated the coming of statehood. The university’s location became […]

  • Blanchard Fire

    The thriving town of Blanchard was completely wiped out on this day in 1908, as an enormous fire ravaged the community in the early morning hours. The fire spread quickly, consuming the entire business section within a few short hours. Several residences were also destroyed, leaving many people homeless and possessing only the pajamas on […]

  • Early Churches

    The first church bell to ring in North Dakota was at a mission called St. Joe. It was known as the “Angelus Bell.” For some time in the early 1800s, French Canadian trappers and mixed-blood Indians around Pembina attended a small Roman Catholic chapel built there in 1812; it is the earliest known church in […]

  • Burlington Horse Thieves

    Horse thieves and hangings…Dakota Territory certainly could be a rough place at times. In the summer of 1883, two mysterious men arrived in the upper Mouse River valley, settling west of Burlington on the Des Lacs River. Claiming to be railroad contractors, John Bates and Stanley Ravenwood were quickly welcomed into the growing community; even […]

  • What Happened on November 2

    Today marks the 120th birthday of the great state of North Dakota. We entered the Union in 1889 along with South Dakota. The states were entered alphabetically, so North Dakota became the 39th state, with South Dakota at number 40. North Dakota shares its birthday with a number of well-known celebrities and historical events: It […]

  • Last Survivor

    The death of Philip Hill was reported on this day in 1917 in the pages of the Jamestown Weekly Alert. The paper claimed that Hill was the “last living survivor” of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Hill spoke often about his role in the battle, telling anyone within earshot that he had been […]

  • TR Church Contribution

    On this date in 1910, Pastor John Orchard of Dickinson presented his congregation with plans for a new Congregational Church in Medora, for which the citizens of the vicinity had been fundraising. Initiative for a new church building began the previous summer, and church members had been busy soliciting donations. Members raised over $1,000 by […]