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  • New Jerusalem/Wamduska

    Tonight marks the start of the Jewish observance of Passover. North Dakota has had several Jewish settlements in its history. In the 1870s, rising nationalism in Russia led to persecution of Germans, Ukrainians, Jews, and Crimean-Czechs, and thousands immigrated to North Dakota. Between 1882 and the advent of World War I, more than 800 Jewish […]

  • Dakota Dan

    Two weeks before North Dakota became a state, attorney Leslie Simpson of Minneapolis rented an office above a Dickinson bank and immersed himself in the world of frontier justice. His highest-profile case involved a Dickinson rancher claiming to be Daniel Russell, the son of a deceased Massachusetts senator, whose considerable fortune was to be split […]

  • War Declared

    Since August of 1914, war clouds had hung over Europe. Although the United States had remained neutral, a declaration of war was not unexpected.   With Congressional approval only a day away, the headline of The Williston Graphic prophesied in bold letters, “Into World’s War.”   On this date in 1917, the House voted 373 to 50 […]

  • Mark Turcotte, Writer

    Award winning poet Mark Turcotte was born in Lansing, MI on this date in 1958. Soon after, he moved with his Irish mother and Ojibway father to the Turtle Mountains in North Dakota. In 2002, the editor of Free Verse, Linda Aschbrenner, interviewed Mark about his book, “Exploding Chippewas.” “…I loved to write down words,” […]

  • Steamboats

    Rivers figure prominently in our history and culture. We can conjure images of Lewis & Clark exploring the Missouri, and the riverboat “Yellowstone” as the first steamboat on the upper Missouri. History was made on the Red River of the North on this date in 1859. The Anson Northup steamboat first put in on the […]

  • John Blair Smith Todd

    Dakota Territory saw many of its early politicians come and go quickly, including John Blair Smith Todd. On this date in 1814, Todd was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He married in 1845 and had nine children with his wife Catherine. Todd was a military man who served in the Seminole and Mexican-American wars. He spent […]

  • Farm, Labor and the NPL

    “Go home and slop the hogs and leave the lawmaking to us!” That’s what Treadwell Twitchell, a Republican Cass County legislator, supposedly said to a group of angry farmers in 1915. The farmers were arguing their case for a state-run grain elevator at a legislative meeting. Whether Twitchell uttered those exact words is unsure, but […]

  • Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

    On this date in 1951, The Fargo Forum ran a big spread titled, “Orchestra Success Regarded by Outsiders as Astounding.” The story, written by Roy P. Johnson, celebrated the symphony’s 20th anniversary. “Had there been no public appreciation and support, the orchestra may have fallen by the wayside long ago,” Johnson wrote. “That a symphony […]

  • Verendrye’s Lead Plate

    Meriwether Lewis and William Clark get most of the credit for being early white explorers of the Missouri River and the American West, but their adventure wasn’t the first. The Verendrye family was in the North and South Dakota region for more than sixty years before the Corps of Discovery. They too sought an all-water […]

  • Fingerprint Expert

    Using fingerprints in criminal investigations became widespread in the early years of the 20th Century. Because no two fingertips are alike, and because fingerprints never change, it became a sure way to connect criminals to their crimes. This relatively new science was the stuff of Sherlock Holmes, capturing the public’s fascination.  On this date in […]

  • On Messines Ridge

    By June 7, 1917, the British Second Army was prepared to attack the Germans at Messines Ridge in northern France.  The British had put a great deal of planning into the attack.  For eighteen months, soldiers dug tunnels under the German positions.  Some of the tunnels were 2,000 feet long.  The Germans had been entrenched […]

  • Mrs. Peterson and the NPL

    On today’s date in 1918, Mrs. H.L. Peterson and her family from Bowbells, North Dakota were awaiting the April 1st issue of the “Nonpartisan Leader.” Mrs. Peterson had won a Nonpartisan League women’s writing contest with her essay titled “Pay for the Wageless Years. “What does the Nonpartisan League mean to me?” she wrote. “It […]

  • Woman Not Dead

    On this date in 1902, word came from Lisbon that a woman had been found dead near Velva. Elaine Lindgren wrote about it in her book, “Land in Her Own Name:” “Freezing temperatures were always a threat, but the tale of Helma Nelson has a surprising twist. Helma had a claim about 13 miles northwest […]

  • Snow Geese at Tewaukon

    North Dakota is popular stopover for migrating waterfowl. Even endangered whooping cranes make a pit stop here, but the migrating snow geese at Lake Tewaukon are one of the most impressive sights. They’d give Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds” a run for its money. The little lake and the sky above it become a cloud […]

  • Will You Finish the Job?

    The sale of Liberty Bonds raised over $21 billion during World War I, thanks to banks and financial groups that bought the bonds for financial rather than patriotic reasons.  The program did not catch on with the public.  People were uncomfortable entrusting their money to what they saw as an uncertain investment. The Victory Loan […]

  • Mandan Flood

    Ice blocking the Heart River near Mandan caused extensive flooding on this date in 1948. The flooding eventually overtook the southern half of the city and cut off transportation between Bismarck and Mandan. Although the flood was primarily due to the build-up of ice floes, the majority of the damage was confined to the lowland […]

  • Round Wood Block Pavement in Fargo, 1896

    Modern-day people take street pavement for granted, driving over concrete highways and asphalt streets.  But back in the 1890s, the going was tougher. North Dakota’s towns had dirt roads or hard-packed soil that could turn into sticky mud during a good rain, becoming impassible. One early approach involved wood-block paving, cut from logs, and circular […]

  • Page

    “Imperial Cass” County is more than just Fargo. North Dakota’s most populated county also includes a smattering of rural towns as elsewhere in the state. Page, North Dakota is about an hour from Fargo, north of Interstate 94 and about 20 miles from the Red River. The city’s post office was established on this date […]

  • A Political Insurgency

    The political scene in North Dakota has always been turbulent.  Only a year after gaining statehood, the Farmer’s Alliance formed an independent party to challenge Republican control.  In 1892, they joined with the Democrats to gain control of the state, but the success was short-lived, with Republicans regaining the edge in 1894. There was another […]

  • Peltier part 2

    On this date in 1977, the trial of Leonard Peltier was in its second day. Peltier was an activist in the American Indian Movement or AIM and, in 1972, he took part in a 71-day standoff with FBI agents at Wounded Knee. The years after the standoff were marked by violence between the tribal administration […]