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  • Capitol Christmas Lights

    During the decade of the 1920s, the people of North Dakota watched as farm prices declined and the hot, dry winds of summer began to devastate the landscape. 1930 rolled around, and shortly after Christmas that year, more bad news, as the symbol of power in North Dakota, the State Capitol Building, lay in ashes. [...]

  • Polyphon

    Player organs and pianos were fairly common near the end of the Nineteenth Century. They used volumes of air to create musical notes or to open valves causing a note to be struck with a hammer. In the late 1890s the Saloon in Knox, North Dakota, obtained an interesting musical device to attract customers, but [...]

  • Newspaper Names

    The names of the newspapers over the history of North Dakota have been quite varied. There have been the celestial names such as the Churches Ferry Sun, the Hannah Moon, the Aneta Star and Burnstad Comet. There have been the progressive sounding names such as the Saint John Leader, the Halliday Booster and the Prairie [...]

  • Kill Devils

    When the land in North Dakota was first made available, thousand of homesteaders flooded in to file claims. After filing on a piece of land, the homesteader had to plow so many acres per year and meet some other requirements, one of which was to live on the land for a period of five years. [...]

  • Don’t Kick A Lady

    In December 1921, Martin Gunseth drove to Napoleon North Dakota with a team of horses. On returning to where he had left the wagon, he caught Mrs. Christ Schock unharnessing the horses. “Well, she was trying to unhitch mine team, and I couldn’t stop her,” Gunseth said, and with no other recourse he kicked Mrs. [...]

  • One Wonder

    White buffalo have always been a point of curiosity and interest. So when three men out hunting spied a white buffalo in the Bad Lands in 1881,they followed him around, attempting to lasso him. One finally did, but he unfortunately broke the buffalo’s neck. They “skinned (the buffalo) as well as they could with their [...]

  • Bismarck Tribune

    The longest-running newspaper still being published in the state is the Bismarck Tribune. It was established in 1873 by Clement A. Lounsberry, published at times weekly and at times daily. Serving as editor, Lounsberry broke the story on the Battle of Little Big Horn and the death of Custer and his men.   Fire was [...]

  • J. Gresham Machen

    On January 1, 1937, a man lay dying in St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. John Gresham Machen had never been to North Dakota until he stepped off a train into 20-below-zero temperatures a few days earlier. On Christmas break from teaching seminary courses, he was there to speak on his favorite topic, reforming the Presbyterian [...]

  • Guy Gets Out

    North Dakota Governor William Lewis Guy left office on this date in 1973, nearly twelve years after he first began his tenure in 1961. Serving two two-year terms and two four-year terms, Guy remains the state’s longest-serving governor. When Guy won the 1960 and 1962 elections, North Dakota was still employing two-year terms for the [...]

  • Jim Jam Jems

    On this date in 1912, the first publication of what would become a very well-known editorial magazine was put out in Bismarck: the Jim Jam Jems. The Bismarck Tribune reported that the “unique” magazine immediately “became a sensation,” and no wonder … the magazine provided commentary on political actions and decisions, using sensationalism, propaganda, humor [...]

  • Constitutional Correction

    A legislative bill was introduced on this date in 2011 that would make North Dakota a state. Yes, that’s right: due to a small technicality in the original 1889 State Constitution, North Dakota needed a constitutional fix to secure its status as a U.S. state. In February 1889, the U.S. Congress passed the Enabling Act, [...]

  • January Heat Wave

    Minot, North Dakota, recorded its highest January temperature on this date last year. Exceeding its previous record of 59ᵒ from January 28, 1906, the thermometer climbed to 61. But the heat wave wasn’t confined to Minot; Sheridan, Wyoming, reached a surprising 67ᵒ on the same day. The rise in temperature was accompanied at Minot by [...]

  • Legislative Parking

    On this date in 1951, legislators were upset because they had to compete with State Employees to find good parking places near the Capitol. So, a legislative committee approached the Board of Administration with the complaint.   The Board of Administration then called all of the state agency heads together and requested that they urge [...]

  • The Fight for NDSU

    North Dakota State University is today an integral part of the city of Fargo. Yet that was not always the case. It was this month, January of 1889 that marked the beginning of a pitched battle between Valley City and Fargo over the location of the agricultural college, which later evolved into NDSU. Valley City [...]

  • The Gold Rush in Lisbon

    “Gold.” The mere mention of the word sets pulses pounding and hearts longing for the glistening yellow metal. When a landowner finds flecks of gold on his land, he hopes for bigger flakes, or golden nuggets, or even the mother lode. Such a landowner was H.W. Griswold, a Chicago businessman, who bought 340 acres of [...]

  • Strange Stories

    It’s the fantastic that sells. In 1907 and 1908, Ward County newspapers reported on a mess of such tales—some tall, some so strange they must have happened. In one story, as the Kenmare news reported on this day in 1908, a buffalo that had wandered down from Canada apparently had an identity crisis. The buffalo [...]

  • Canadian Cattle Blockade

    Thirteen trucks carrying Canadian cattle were forced to detour around North Dakota and cross into the U.S. through Minnesota on this date in 1978. North Dakota farmers, members of the American Agricultural Movement, were blockading the border in an effort to keep Canadian livestock out of the country and raise American farm prices. After prosperity [...]

  • Tom Netherton

    For many Americans, the Lawrence Welk Show congures up fond memories of a bygone era. Many remember the bubbles floating across the stage and the big band led by Mr. Welk himself. An integral part of Americana, the Lawrence Welk Show is still on air in a syndicated format some 50 years after first being [...]

  • Medora Fire

    A fire on this date in 1887 in Medora, North Dakota served as the final straw for many of the town’s residents. The stretch of bad luck began with the “Winter of the Blue Snow” – the brutal winter of 1886, one of the state’s worst on record. Blizzard after blizzard buried the western badlands, [...]

  • An Emotional Day

    On this date in 1950,the Fargo Forum found it possible to fit what seemed like every emotion on a single page.   The first article recounted the heartbreaking tale of a young soldier marching away from home to take up arms in the Spanish American War. After years of unanswered letters, Halver Teigen was assumed [...]