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  • Glaring Headlights Caused Bad Car Accidents

    As long as there have been automobiles, there have been crashes.  Car crashes might be called “accidents,” but almost all crashes are really caused by human error – collisions with skunks, deer, trees, mailboxes, telephone poles, rocks, and most commonly, other cars. Back in the day, roads were often just gravel – dusty, rutted, and […]

  • WWI Posters

    In 1916, war was raging in Europe.  Newspapers and magazines carried graphic accounts of the horrific events as they unfolded. Some of those publications promoted American isolationism, but another popular medium of the day encouraged military service.   In the era before radio and television, perhaps the most striking communication device was the poster.   With […]

  • Buck O’Neil

    Barnstorming baseball teams crisscrossed N.D. from the 1890s through the 1950s; and the “Hard Times” of the 1930s brought many African-American players, including Satchel Paige, to North Dakota – partly because the major and minor leagues had banned them.  It is a little-known fact that “Buck” O’Neil was among those black ballplayers, playing in Dunseith, […]

  • North Dakota Aviation Pioneers

    North Dakota has had no shortage of aviation heroes.  Carl Ben Eielson was a daring pilot, one of two men to fly over both Polar Regions in the same year.  He was killed in an air crash in Siberia.  Another aviator, Florence Klingensmith was inspired to fly by Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Fargo in 1928. […]

  • Walter Chaloner

    Along Highway 85 south of Watford City, you’ll find the entrance to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The signs are hard to miss, unlike the nearby rock memorial to a teenage boy who’s now remembered in local lore. Walter Chaloner was rounding up stray horses on his family’s ranch one Saturday when […]

  • Clementsville and the Woychik Girls

    Clementsville, North Dakota, located in Stutsman County, got its start as a railroad station established by the Midland Continental Railroad. Situated in Rose Township, the town was approximately seven miles north of Spiritwood and about a mile west of the Barnes County border. Clementsville was named for an English stockholder with the railroad. However, town […]

  • Prison Twine Manufacturing Plant

    The State Penitentiary in Bismarck is a necessary evil. We wish there was no need for a prison, but criminals exist and must be arrested.  The penitentiary was intended as a place where convicts should repent and experience rehabilitation. But a question arose after the State Penitentiary opened in 1885:  How can governments really transform […]

  • UND’s Hurdler Fritz Pollard, Jr.

    The The Summer Olympics of 1936 in Berlin was a spectacle of Nazi hype in track-and-field.   Adolph Hitler proclaimed his Aryan “Master Race” would defeat all others, but America’s Jesse Owens won four gold medals, exposing the “Master Race” as a sham. There was a side story in Berlin that summer that involved another black […]

  • Grand Forks Lumberman Robert H. McCoy

    Always the most well-to-do residential avenue in Grand Forks, Reeves Drive was home for the leaders and financiers of the community.  Seven former-mayors lived along its shaded boulevards, and the wealthiest businessmen built expansive houses on Reeves Drive.  One of the finest residences still stands at the corner of Reeves and Fourth Avenue, just west […]

  • St. Stanislaus Church

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  As immigrants traveled to the emerging frontier, they carried little more than their personal belongings, but equally important were their traditions and religious beliefs.  Often settling in ethnic groups, these traditions and beliefs created […]

  • Intro to Turkey Track Bill

    It’s interesting how some characters sound good just because they have three names. Like South Dakota’s Wild Bill Hickock or North Dakota’s Limpy Jack Clayton. Well, here’s another one – Turkey Track Bill. It was on this date in 1942 that Turkey Track died in Dickinson, and it seems that he was sorely missed by […]

  • Sheheke Myths

    On this date in 2003, a new history book was just out called “Sheheke, Mandan Indian Diplomat: The Story of White Coyote, Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark.” It was written by North Dakota historian Tracy Potter. Sheheke is the Mandan chief who went east with Lewis and Clark to meet President Thomas Jefferson. In […]

  • Little Newspapers

    For more than 150 years, newspapers have recorded the lives and times of people in North Dakota. The Frontier Scout was the first newspaper in modern North Dakota. It began in 1864 at Fort Union. The Bismarck Tribune followed, along with papers in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown. Ten years after the Frontier Scout’s debut, […]

  • Labor Shortage

    A labor shortage has been in the news lately. According to one economic report released in April, employers begin to complain of labor shortages when employment drops to 5%. The report predicted that this trend might continue for another fifteen years. But a labor shortage is not a new problem. On this date in 1900, […]

  • Bernell Rhone, Horse Trainer

    On this date in 2002, Canterbury Park in the Twin Cities inducted horse trainer Bernell Rhone into its Hall of Fame. The press release stated, “An outstanding horseman and gentleman, Rhone scored his first victory at Canterbury with Green Meringue on July 3, 1985. Since then the North Dakota native has saddled winners in every […]

  • George Catlin, Artist

    Today is the birthday of one of our most important frontier artists. George Catlin was born in Pennsylvania in 1796 when George Washington was in his second term. Catlin was the fifth of fourteen children. His mother and grandfather had been among the few survivors of the “Wyoming Valley Massacre” in Pennsylvania, and as a […]

  • Legendary Mosquitoes

    Touting North Dakota as “Legendary,” Tourism Division entices travelers to visit the big Badlands, fish for walleyes, or see Jamestown’s big buffalo statue. But there was a time when Dakota’s boosters minimized some regional legends, particularly the legendarily-big mosquitoes that bit arms, faces and all kinds of places. Mosquitoes buzzed over Dakota-land since time immemorial, […]

  • Making up for a lack of water

    A lack of rain and moisture for much of the month of July was a complaint for Jamestown on this date in 1901.  Rain of any significance hadn’t fallen since the Fourth of July. This trend was not to last, ending with a bang on the 24th, when a thunderstorm swept through. A farmer north […]

  • The 1970 Farm Bill

    On this date in 1970, the House Agriculture Committee reached agreement on a Farm Bill.  Representative Thomas Kleppe said the Nixon Administration would support the bill.  He expected it to be voted out of committee on the following day, and was sure the House would promptly take action on it.  He was confident that the […]

  • A Carl Ben Eielson Story

    Today we look at the early part of famed aviator Carl Ben Eielson’s story. He was born on this date in 1897 in Hatton, North Dakota. Eilson went to college at UND  in 1914, but left to enlist in the air service, which had only 35 trained pilots. He earned his wings, but just as […]