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  • Professor Ladd’s Warning

    Today we share another story about Professor E. F. Ladd, the well-known champion of purity in consumer products.  In 1890, President Stockbridge of the newly founded North Dakota Agricultural College invited Professor Ladd to become Professor of Chemistry at the college and chemist of the Agricultural Experiment Station.  Ladd agreed, and joined the first group […]

  • Maxwell Anderson

    Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the death of playwright Maxwell Anderson, who died in 1959. He was one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century. Born in 1888, Anderson spent his first three years on a farm near Atlantic, Pennsylvania. The family moved to Jamestown in 1907, where Anderson graduated from high […]

  • Estray and Herd Laws

    By 1906, the days of the Wild West were over.  Barbed wire closed off much of the open range.  Cowboys no longer guided vast herds of cattle up the well-known trails.  But there were still echoes of the past.  On this date in 1906, the Bismarck Daily Tribune published a clarification about the “North Dakota […]

  • Deathbed Confession

    Women who homesteaded alone in North Dakota faced many challenges – the weather, natural disasters, hunger, disease and isolation. Another threat came from unwanted attentions from men, and many female homesteaders grabbed loaded guns when strangers approached their shanties. Since it was considered shameful to be the victim of sexual attack, many unpleasant incidents went […]

  • Who’s in North Dakota?

    Doug Carlston was a lawyer, but in his spare time he created computer games. In 1980, he made Galactic Empire and Galactic Trading, and wanted to market his creations. He teamed up with his brother Gary, and the two created a software company called Broderbund Games. Within the first three years, they were making millions. […]

  • Hoarding Gold Coins

    Banks in North Dakota were in big trouble in the 1920s and early 1930s as the farm economy turned sour.  Of 898 banks in in 1920, 573 went bankrupt by 1933, an appalling sixty-three-percent! In those days, when a bank failed, those with savings accounts struggled to get deposits back, getting only one-fourth to one-half […]

  • Statewide Crop and Labor Survey

    In April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress and asked for a declaration of war against Germany.  Wilson cited Germany’s use of unrestricted submarine warfare, as well as its attempts to entice Mexico into an alliance against the United States.  Congress voted in favor of Wilson’s request.  In June, […]

  • The Impeachment of Judge Cowan

    John Cowan was born in Scotland.  When he was four years old, the family moved to Canada. In 1877, Cowan graduated from Ottawa Normal School and went on to study medicine before leaving Canada for the United States.  For a time he was a clerk in Port Huron, Michigan for the Chicago and Grand Trunk […]

  • The 16th Amendment

    The Industrial Revolution began in the middle of the 18th Century and swept the world like a storm. Following a time when human and animal labor were the main sources of production, inventions like the steam engine and electricity improved the living conditions of many people. However, these improvements did not come without cost. As […]

  • Deep Waterway

    The Deep Waterway Association annual conventions were well attended by influential politicians and businessmen.  In 1903, a highlight was a letter read to the convention from railroad tycoon James J. Hill.  In 1907, the keynote speaker was Teddy Roosevelt.  The main interest was improving water access from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. […]

  • Self Defense

    On this date in 1901 the Oakes Republican reported that Coroner T.W. Millham and Sheriff Thompson had been summoned to investigate the death of Charles Brucker.  The first report was that Brucker had been killed when his wife shot him with a shotgun.  Mrs. Brucker was the daughter of Ferdinand Kosanke, a prominent member in […]

  • Painted Woods

    Here is a love story for Valentine’s Day. The Painted Woods sits south of Washburn, and is hailed as a beautiful place. However, few people know why it was called Painted Woods in the first place. Well, the name comes from a North Dakotan love story over 300 years old. The Yanktonai Dakota and Mandan […]

  • Medina Shootout

    On this date in 1983, there was a shootout between Federal Marshals, Gordon Kahl and other members of the Posse Comitatus on a road east of Medina, North Dakota. Kahl was born in 1920, the oldest of five kids. He is described as being musical, loving to hunt, a practical joker and an excellent mechanic. […]

  • Lynn Anderson

    It was this month in 1971 that country singer Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden went gold. Bios on Lynn Anderson usually say, “Born in Grand Forks, ND, September 26th, 1947, raised in Sacramento, California.”  Leading the way for Lynn’s career was her mother Liz. Liz had a great talent for writing songs. Her husband encouraged her, […]

  • The Gas Traction School

    It might be somewhat surprising to learn that the first engine-powered farm tractor was introduced as early as 1868.  It was a steam-powered machine, designed as a small “road locomotive” operated by one person.  It was used for general hauling, and was especially popular in the timber trade.  The first gasoline tractor was introduced in […]

  • Zeronia

    Winter in North Dakota is not for the faint of heart, and its frosty air has sometimes been a discouragement for those who considered moving into the state. When North Dakota gained statehood in 1889, prominent citizens and the state’s “booster press” boasted about the state’s climate, people and prospects, but the cold reputation persisted, […]

  • North Dakota POWs in Germany

    Stalag Luft 3 was a German prisoner of war camp in use from March of ‘42 through January of 1945.  This camp was operated by the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, for Allied flight officers shot down over German occupied Europe.  Early in the war it housed primarily British personnel, but as the war went […]

  • Frosty Potter, 100 Year Old Cowboy

    Edgar “Frosty” Potter died at the age of 100, his longevity due in part to a rusty pitch fork. He could have died 87 years earlier. Born in 1895, Frosty came west to North Dakota with his family in 1901. They settled on a Ranch just north of the Cannonball River near the Standing Rock […]

  • 7 Months, 4 Governors

    Today, we bring you the story of North Dakota having four different governors in 7 months. In 1932, “Wild Bill” Langer of Casselton was elected governor, giving the Non-Partisan League complete control over state government. He was a rough and tumble sort of guy, and many immigrant settlers – who distrusted slicker-looking politicians – liked […]

  • Bismarck Name Change Controversy in World War I

    In 1918, when America was fighting against Germany in World War I, there were some U.S. citizens who allowed war fever to rage too hot.  Some fervent patriots thought all things German were un-American, changing the name of “hamburgers” to “Liberty sandwiches;” dachshunds into “Liberty pups,” and sauerkraut to “Liberty cabbage.”  That turmoil also affected […]