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  • Newspaper Fiction

    Long before there was Datebook, small town newspapers were the source of interesting information for North Dakota events. However, slow news days could create interesting but highly suspicious news, The Starkweather Times reported on this day in 1907 that a farmer west of town wanted to remove a rock, so he fetched a stick of […]

  • License Plates

    From the onset of the horseless carriage, North Dakotans have had a love affair with the automobile. The railroads set their stations about 7 and a half miles apart — that was a convenient travel distance with horse drawn vehicles that traveled 3 or 4 miles per hour. But at thirty miles per hour cars […]

  • Emmons County Schoolhouse

    The role that education placed in the new territory of Dakota was evident from the beginning when the Organic Act of 1861 stated that Sections 16 and 36 were reserved for “the purpose of being applied to schools”. Although homesteading was not allowed here, there is a common misconception that the schools were located on […]

  • Orlando Scott Goff

    Bouncing across the rutted trails in a four-wheeled rig drawn by a spotted pony, photographer Orlando Scott Goff traveled up and down the Missouri River recording Native American and frontier army scenes. His camera would capture some of the most poignant and important images of the American West. Goff was born on this day in […]

  • Minot’s Minuteman I Missiles

    During the early years of the Cold War a push for improved technology was driven by a desire to surpass Soviet missile technology; to overcome what seemed to be a growing “missile gap.” The Soviet launching of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, in October of 1957 intensified that push. To stunned Americans, Sputnik seemed a […]

  • Lincoln Bust

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Syttende Mai in 1914 a number of Norwegian-Americans living in North Dakota marked the occasion by presenting a gift to their Norwegian brethren still living in the old country. Inspired by a similar work of art at Gettysburg, the group decided to commission a bust of Abraham Lincoln, […]

  • Time Capsule

    From the cave drawings of the Sahara to the tombs of the pharaohs, humankind has sought to communicate through the ages. However, never has there been a more deliberate attempt to speak to future generations than the time capsule. In 1939 the World’s Fair in New York City interned a time capsule which included a […]

  • President Hayes

    On this day in 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes paid a visit to Dakota Territory. Arriving in Fargo at 8:30am, the President, First Lady and an entourage of nearly one hundred took breakfast at the Railroad Hotel before addressing a large audience from the platform of the president’s railcar. President […]

  • School and Work

    The month of September marks the real beginning of school; whether students start returning in August or later, when September comes, they are settling down in their classes and delving into their textbooks. But students often look for jobs, as well, to get a little experience and a little cash. Some find it working on […]

  • Gerald P. Nye

    In the years leading up to World War Two, North Dakota’s US Senator Gerald P. Nye was one of America’s leading and most controversial isolationists. Opposing intervention in foreign wars, Nye was thrust into the national limelight as chairman of the Senate Special Committee Investigating the Munitions Industry opening on this day, September 4, 1934. […]

  • Bank Robbers in Arthur

    Arthur is a typical small town in North Dakota. The kind of place where everyone knows their neighbors, people look out for each other, and life is quiet and good. However, in September of 1933, the First State Bank of Arthur was robbed. And that was the talk of the town. Two men entered the […]

  • Sharing Agriculture

    In 1947, in the midst of the “red scare,” the Cold War and the Bay of Pigs, it is easy to focus on the United States and Russia’s power struggles. However, China was also undergoing great upheaval. Since it had become a republic in 1912, the country had been embattled both internally and externally. The […]

  • Franciscan Sisterhood

    The grandeur of the plains is more subtle than most landscapes. It appeases the need for simplicity, filled with absences. Quiet, modest, and if one is not accustomed, lonely. However, for a faithful lover of the prairies, it holds not loneliness, but peace. This peace appealed to a group of Franciscan Sisters who made their […]

  • Ralph Budd

    Born on an Iowa farm in 1879, Ralph Budd played an important role in North Dakota’s early rail transportation and tourism. Graduating from college with a civil engineering degree at the age of 19, Ralph Budd became the youngest chief executive of a railroad when he was named president of the Great Northern at the […]

  • Walsh County

    In 1881, the Dakota Territorial Legislature approved a bill authorizing the creation of a new county carved out of the southern portion of Pembina County and the northern portion of Grand Forks County. Sponsored by George H. Walsh of Grand Forks, President of the Dakota Territorial Council, the bill to create Walsh County was initially […]

  • Intertribal Trade

    When we think of international commerce; we often think of America’s great cities like New York or Chicago, not the rolling hills and rugged badlands of North Dakota. However for over thirteen hundred years, long before the great trading cities of our day, the Dakota prairies were home to some of the most extensive trading […]

  • Governor Walter Maddock

    It was on this day in 1928 that North Dakota’s fourteenth governor, Arthur G. Sorlie passed away while in office. Taking up the reigns of government was Lieutenant Governor Walter J. Maddock, sworn in shortly following Governor Sorlie’s death. The Sorlie/Maddock governorships occurred in the middle of perhaps the greatest political war in North Dakota […]

  • Chicken Mystery Part 2

    If you heard Dakota Datebook on August 22, you heard a tale of tongue-in-cheek newspaper advertising, and legion fundraising in a search for some lost chickens that raised residents’ attention across the summer of 1945. The goal, however, was very serious: Money was to go to a party for the area servicemen, once they returned. […]

  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson

    Born on November 3, 1879 in Arnes, Manitoba, Vilhjalmur Stefansson went on to become one of the most recognized Arctic researchers of all time. Although claimed by Canada as their greatest Arctic explorer, Vilhjalmur moved from his native land when he was only eighteen months old. In 1881 the Stefanssons moved to a farm in […]

  • Philemon Bliss

    President James Buchanan signed the 1861 legislation creating Dakota Territory, but it was left to the next president, Abraham Lincoln, to appoint territorial leaders. For the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Dakota Territory, President Lincoln appointed an abolitionist congressman from Ohio, Philemon Bliss. Born in Canton, Connecticut in 1813, Philemon Bliss […]