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  • Rodeo in Sanish

    When the waters of Lake Sakakawea are down, the former townsite of Sanish sometimes resurfaces. Back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, Sanish was the place to be for rodeo fans. A group of enthusiasts held a meeting at the Sanish Fire Hall in April 1947, and their brainchild – the Sanish Rodeo – [...]

  • A Scotman’s Nose

    Born in Couper of Fife, Scotland, Jim Lees arrived in Jamestown on this date in 1872. Lees, like his contemporary Limpy Jack Clayton, ran a saloon. Soldiers from nearby Ft. Seward were frequent customers in Jamestown saloons. On one occasion, a short Irish soldier named Cochran picked a fight with the much larger Lees. Things [...]

  • Newspaper Press

    Samuel J. Albright established the Dakota Democrat at Sioux Falls City on this day in 1859. It was the first newspaper to operate in what would soon become Dakota Territory. The printing press Albright used is believed to have come from Cincinnati in 1836, where John King bought it for printing Iowa’s first newspaper, the [...]

  • Centennial Towns

    This is a big year for Centennial celebrations. Fairdale held festivities last week. A notable Fairdale citizen was Al Van Hal, editor of the Fairdale Times; he later achieved success in OR, where he published The Western Stamp Collector, a national magazine for philatelists. Towns who are celebrating their centennials this weekend include Streeter, Mercer, [...]

  • Mother Henne

    Edwin Henne is celebrating his 90th birthday today at his home in Moorhead. There was a night, some 60 years ago in Manilla, when he thought he wouldn’t live until morning. Ed was serving with North Dakota’s highly regarded 164th Infantry, which gained widespread fame for action taken at Guadalcanal during World War II. In [...]

  • Gladys Gibson Case

    On this date in 1935, a 12-man jury decided the fate of Gladys Gibson, a Dickinson woman on trial for murdering her husband a year and a half earlier. The case would have delighted today’s tabloid writers. Nathaniel Gibson’s job as a mail carrier brought home $200 a month; with this he supported his wife, [...]

  • First Auto

    The first automobile to enter the state of North Dakota made its grand appearance on this day in 1897. The auto, a German-built Benz-Velo, appeared at Grand Forks to advertise a St. Paul firm that sold Carnation Cigars. The next day, the Grand Forks Plainsdealer reported, “A horseless carriage was one of the features observed [...]

  • Doc Hubbard, Part 2

    Last Wednesday, we introduced to you Ralph “Doc” Hubbard, who for many years ran the Fur Trade Wild Life Indian Museum in Medora. Hubbard’s great-grandmother was Mohawk, and he spent his childhood on the Seneca Indian Reservation in New York, where his parents developed the famous Roycroft line of fine art and furniture. Roycroft was [...]

  • Grand Forks Herald

    George E. Winship established the Grand Forks Herald on this day in 1879. The Grand Forks Plaindealer was in circulation at the time, but Winship claimed it was time for another paper, “to advertise and build up our beautiful and thrifty town, to publish and proclaim abroad the wonderful fertility and inexhaustible resources of Northern [...]

  • Mark Kellogg, AP Reporter

    Mark Kellogg was killed on this date in 1876 at the battle of the Little Bighorn. Working as a reporter, Kellogg became the first Associated Press correspondent to die in battle. Forty-year-old Kellogg worked for a law office but also wrote for the Bismarck Tribune under the pseudonym “Frontier.” Tribune publisher Clement Lounsberry was ill [...]

  • Moving Robe Warrior Woman

    On this day 129 years ago, Custer and the 7th Cavalry were one day away from their fate at the Little Big Horn River. Among the warriors who fought the following day was Tashna Mani or Moving Robe Woman. The following is an abridged version of her account of what happened: “Several of us young [...]

  • Clyfford Still, Abstract Expressionist

    Artist Clyfford Still died in Baltimore, MD, twenty-five years ago today. He was born November 30, 1904 in Grandin, which lies in the Red River Valley between Fargo and Grand Forks. While his name is certainly not a household one, he is possibly the most highly regarded artist the state has ever produced. Unfortunately, most [...]

  • Doc Hubbard

    Ralph “Doc” Hubbard was a colorful figure in western North Dakota; he was born into a unique family on this date in 1886. Hubbard’s great grandmother was Mohawk, and his paternal grandfather, Silas, was a medical doctor who practiced among the Senecas in upstate New York. Silas moved his family to Illinois in 1855, and [...]

  • David Jones, 4-Star General

    General David Jones was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on this date in 1978. He was from Minot, where a winter storm helped him choose his life’s path. It was during the late 1930s; Army Air Corps planes were flying through on their way to Alaska, when they had to make an [...]

  • Fargo Tornado

    Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on this day in 1957, a tornado ripped through north Fargo. Called by many the “storm of the century,” it left 13 dead, more than 100 injured, and 329 homes destroyed. Churches, schools and other buildings were left in shambles. The tornado was first reported touching down 15 miles west of [...]

  • Quentin Burdick

    Senator Quentin Burdick was born in Munich, N.D. on this date in 1908. He was the son of Congressman Usher Burdick, who for many years served in the House of Representatives at both the state and national level. The younger Burdick earned his law degree from the U of M, was elected to US House [...]

  • Indian Ponies

    General Philippe Regis de Trobriand, commander of Fort Stevenson, once explained one of the reasons the military struggled when fighting the Sioux during the 1870s. “His horse eats no grain ” he wrote, “he gets enough nourishment by grazing on the prairie… There is no equipment to carry. His saddle is nothing; his bridle just [...]

  • Doctor Webster Merrifield

    Doctor Webster Merrifield became UND’s third president on this date in 1891. He refused for a number of years before finally accepting the position. Merrifield grew up in Vermont and graduated from Yale in 1877. For the next two years, he taught in a private school at Newburg, NY, and then spent the next four [...]

  • Grand Forks Storm

    Grand Forks witnessed one of the worst windstorms in the recorded history of North Dakota on this day in 1887. The storm caused over $100,000 in damage and 4 deaths; trees were uprooted, and 100 homes and most businesses were damaged. The storm came so quickly it caught most citizens off guard. Two different storms, [...]

  • Fort Buford

    Construction began on Fort Buford on this day in 1866; it was located where the Missouri meets the Yellowstone River (near Williston). Fort Buford served as a military post until 1881, when Sitting Bull surrendered to the fort’s military officials. Soldiers had to provide much of their own food, whether by gardening, fishing or hunting. [...]