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  • Tommy Tucker Time!

    Today is Tommy Tucker’s birthday. He was born in 1908 in Souris, where he was known by his real name, Gerald Duppler. Fans of 1940s big bands will recall his 1941 hit, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire.” Tommy Tucker was one of the most successful orchestra leaders of his day. He [...]

  • Captain David Mott, POW

    Today is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, who was born in 1890. Trained in the Soviet Union, he rose to become the communist ruler of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today also marks the anniversary of the day in 1972 that Captain David Mott became a prisoner of war in Ho Chi Minh’s [...]

  • The Earl of Caithness

    On this date in 1914, John Sutherland Sinclair died in Los Angeles, where, for three years, he had lived quietly at the Hotel Balboa. At the time of his burial at Forest Lawn, only three Californians knew who he really was. The other few people who knew his true identity were from North Dakota, where [...]

  • Buffalo Wolves

    Rueben Humes was a young Dickinson sheepherder whose flocks were often threatened by predators like coyotes and bobcats. One day in 1900, Rueben went hunting for prairie chickens near the Heart River. His shotgun kept misfiring, but he finally shot a chicken, which dropped onto the opposite riverbank. As he forded the river to get [...]

  • Too Much Sunshine

    Back in 1909, Dr. S. Carlsen of Spring Grove, MN, wrote a paper titled, The Climate’s Influence on Emigrants From Northern Europe and Especially Norwegians in America. Dr. Carlsen felt that Norwegians were settling so far north in America – even into Canada – because those who settled as far south as southern Minnesota were [...]

  • Blackburn, Marksman

    In 1910, A. M. Blackburn traveled from Winnipeg to visit his brother and buy a half section of land outside of Hansboro. The Hansboro News reported that, “Mr. Blackburn is the manager of the Grain Growers Association’s business of Canada, and…make(s) frequent trips to Europe… Last year it so happened that he was in England [...]

  • Mcleod’s One-Room Schoolhouse

    When school let out on this date in 1986, People magazine had already been to McLeod, in Ransom County, to cover the story. There were only 14 one-room schoolhouses still operating in the state, and McLeod’s was closing its doors. Of the three students still attending in 1986, two would be moving up to 7th [...]

  • A Monkey in the Cookies

    On this day in 1963, it was reported that a monkey had come to Fargo. A ring-tailed monkey named Charlie. Irvin Knutson, a semi driver for Midwest Motor Express, had arrived at the Red Owl warehouse in Fargo with 2,800 cases of cookies, which he’d picked up on Wednesday at the Banner Biscuit Company in [...]

  • Peggy Lee, Part 1

    Today is the birthday of Norma Egstrom, who was the seventh of eight children born into a Jamestown Scandinavian family in 1920. Her father worked for the Midland Continental Railroad. By some reports, Egstrom’s childhood was less than ideal. Her mother died when Norma was only four, and there was little love lost between Norma [...]

  • Peggy Lee, Part 2

    Yesterday we began the story of North Dakota native, Peggy Lee, who ultimately achieved top songwriter ratings from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, but because Ella Fitzgerald dominated that arena, Lee won only once. But at the 1995 Grammies, Peggy was honored with a Lifetime [...]

  • Rosie the Avon Lady

    Eighteen years ago tonight, a 90 year-old Avon lady appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. She was Rosie Gries of Goodrich, North Dakota, and she called it the second biggest highlight of her life. Her best biggest highlight was when she got to travel free of charge to the national Avon convention in [...]

  • Dalkon Shield Litigator

    In May, 18 years ago, one of the most famous corporate lawsuits in history was being waged against A.H. Robbins, the manufacturer of the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device. IUDs were developed in the 1960s as a form of birth control inspired by Middle Easterners who sometimes inserted stones into their saddle camels’ uteruses to prevent [...]

  • The Banana Possum

    In the news on this day in 1895 was the following article: “When George Freeman was taking down a bunch of bananas at his father’s store in Fargo, he noticed a nest tightly fastened to the stock of the bunch. On prying the nest away, he found it to be a banana possum, and now [...]

  • Belhammer Saves Child

    Gordon Keeney was aboard the steamboat Dakota when he witnessed a dramatic rescue attempt by a burly German immigrant. Seventy-six years later, Keeney’s written account was published in the Fargo Forum. In 1874, the Dakota was steaming north down the Red River with a maximum load of 175 Canadian, Scotch, British and Irish passengers. Because [...]

  • Peregrine Falcons

    On this date in 2001, fans of peregrine falcon were ecstatic to learn that Dakota Ace and Goldie’s eggs were beginning to hatch. It was the first time in almost 50 years that the endangered species had nested in North Dakota. It started in 1990, when two peregrines were spotted near the top of the [...]

  • Prairie Rattlers

    Rattlesnake season is upon us – anyway for those of us who live west of the Missouri River. Rattlers will need a full meal every 10 days until the weather reaches the 80s and 90s; then, they will need to eat only once every three weeks. During the fall, they’ll increase their meals to once [...]

  • North Country Trail

    This Saturday, June 5th, Americans across the country will lace up their hiking boots and head out to enjoy the 12th Annual National Trails Day. The event has been organized by the American Hiking Society and is expected to draw more than a million participants to nearly 2,000 trail-related events across the country. Here in [...]

  • Darin Erstad, Baseball Great

    Today is the birthday of baseball great, Darin Erstad of Jamestown. He was the #1 overall pick in the Junior Amateur Draft in 1995, when he was chosen to join the Anaheim Angels. As a youth, Erstad excelled in almost every team sport offered in Jamestown. While at Jamestown High School, he was the state [...]

  • Sea Serpent Connections

    During this week in 1893, residents of Milton, ND, were searching for a sea serpent. A May 25th article in the Milton Globe stated, “It is reported that something resembling a young sea serpent has been seen in the lake just north of town. If the weather warms up a little next week, we intend [...]

  • Endangered Least Terns

    A small member of the gull and tern family is an endangered species called the Least Tern – of 2500 pairs that still exist, about 100 are nesting along the Missouri and Yellowstone River systems in North Dakota right now. Least Terns are only 9″ long, are gray on the tail, back and wings, and [...]