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  • Minot/Velva Radar Station, 1954

    Minot became a major player in the defense of the continental United States in the Cold war era. When Russia built atomic bombs in 1949, U.S. military leaders prepared to defend against an atomic bomber attack. The first idea was to establish radar stations as a basic foundation of air defense. Minot, located along the [...]

  • Increase in Justice(s)

    The make-up and guidelines of the North Dakota Supreme Court was originally outlined in the 1889 State Constitution. Through the years, however, amendments adopted by voters created a number of changes. In 1903, the state legislature increased the salary of the justices from $4,000 to $5,000, and, in 1907, allowed an additional $500 for traveling [...]

  • Egg Month

    On this date in January in 1954, eggs were uppermost in many people’s minds, as Gov. Norman Brunsdale had proclaimed January to be “egg month” in North Dakota. The governor said that, “North Dakota farmers produce many food products that contribute to the economic stability and general good health of the State and Nation. Of [...]

  • Dickinson’s Failed Oil Refinery

    Today’s story is going to be light, sweet, and crude. That’s because it’s about North Dakota oil, which is considered to be light, sweet crude – being low in sulfur. When the oil rush began in 1951, crude oil began to flow out of the state, for there were no oil refineries within its borders. [...]

  • Fort Totten

    Following the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862, many members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Band of Dakota migrated out of Minnesota. In response, an Indian Reservation was created near Devils Lake by the US government in early 1867.   Later that year, a military post was established by General A. H. Terry within the Indian Reservation, on the [...]

  • Growth

    In 1925, the Hope Pioneer boasted that “North Dakota (was) a good state to tie to.” They had proof, too, from a recent survey done on the growth of farms and farm value in North Dakota. The report compared North Dakota against several other Midwest states such as South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well [...]

  • Thomas S. Kleppe

    Born on his family’s homestead near Kintyre, ND in 1919, Thomas S. Kleppe became the first native North Dakotan to serve in a presidential cabinet. Appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975, Kleppe served as secretary of the Interior Department until this day, January 20, 1977.   During his 15 month tenure, Kleppe approved the [...]

  • Dickinson Normal School

    Dickinson Normal School, now Dickinson State University, was newly established in 1918 when 104 students attended the first classes. It was so new that the classes were held at Dickinson High. Classes were free for those first students, although they did pay expenses.   The Dickinson Normal School was under construction for the next several [...]

  • Strike

    Prior to the Great Depression, the1920s roared by, as people experienced an economic boom like none before. However, such was not the case for many farmers and ranchers, who dealt with dropping prices and instability throughout the decade.   For many dairy farmers, January of 1929 was tumultuous. Many of them went on strike in [...]

  • Korean War Propaganda

    In January of 1953, a bit of propaganda from the Korean War came to North Dakota. The Jamestown Sun published an article, which also appeared in other state newspapers. It began: “It’s a long way from Puncham and Chorwon, Korea to Jamestown and Bergen, North Dakota, or so most easy-going North Dakotans feel. But on [...]

  • Edwin F. Ladd

    Avid fans of Dakota Datebook may recall that Edwin F. Ladd, born in 1859, was an important personage in the history of food production and consumption. He had studied chemistry, and eventually taught the subject at the North Dakota Agricultural College and Experiment Station, now NDSU, in Fargo. He became president of the school in [...]

  • Draft Board Officers

    After World War I had ended and soldiers began to return home, America dealt with the transition into a new age. There was a period of adjustment—a loss of innocence, as the men and women subjected to the horrors of the battlefield both personally and privately began their new lives.   It was during this [...]

  • All-American Turkey Show

    The Grand Forks All-American Turkey show began on this date in 1931. The show was one of the largest and earliest turkey shows in the country. Previously, breeders met at state and county fairs, but there were no guidelines for judging turkeys. When the American Poultry Association recognized specific turkey breeds and released descriptions of [...]

  • Peace for POW

    President Richard Nixon signed a peace agreement ending the Vietnamese War on this date in 1973. Engineered by U.S. negotiator Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho, the agreement called for the release of American Prisoners from Laos and North Vietnam. The only North Dakotan among the 587 POWs was Air Force Captain Loren [...]

  • Street Lighting in Cando

    Darkness ruled the night on city streets until streetlights illuminated avenues with kindly light. On this date in 1914, the Grand Forks Herald published an article proclaiming that the town of Cando had completed a new “White Way” of electric streetlights. The “White Way” terminology came from Broadway in New York City, which had a [...]

  • Power Plant

    On this date in 1940, more than 800 people gathered in Park River to discuss a proposed power plant in Grand Forks. The Nodak Rural Electric Cooperative facility would be powered by diesel fuel, supplying electric energy to a combined group of REA projects, including several in Minnesota. However, many residents in eastern North Dakota [...]

  • Burlington Subsistence Homestead Project, 1936

    The town of Burlington, 8 miles west of Minot, was a coal-mining town since its founding in 1883. The first Burlington mines were small operations that provided lignite coal for the local area and some for shipment to Grand Forks. By the 1920s, Burlington’s small mines struggled, due to competition from large strip mining operations [...]

  • Durn my Buttons

    George Armstrong Custer is most famous today for his personal waterloo – the battle of Little Big Horn, but his fame began long before his days in the Dakota Territory and the “Wild West.” He graduated from West Point—albeit last in his class—and took part in the Civil War, where he gained quite a reputation. [...]

  • NPL School Takeover

    What was later called “…the most far-reaching piece of legislation ever attempted on affecting the educational liberties of the people of North Dakota” was introduced into the state legislature on this date in 1919. The bill, backed by leaders of the Non-Partisan League, would grant the governor of the state direct control over all aspects [...]

  • Lincoln City Meeting

    Six months after the creation of the City of Lincoln in Burleigh County, city meetings were far from formal. On this date in 1978, Councilman Phil Nelson was nice enough to loan the use of his garage for the evening and a folding metal table was used for members to sit at, the favorite seat [...]