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  • Great Future for North Dakota

    On February 28, 1910, railroad giant James J. Hill was invited to address the people of Williston at a town meeting. Though the busy entrepreneur was unable to attend in person, he sent an inspiring speech to be read on his behalf. On this date in 1910, the White Earth Record printed Hill’s glowing speech […]

  • Joseph Bell DeRemer

    A leisurely drive through downtown Grand Forks showcases some of the city’s most unique and interesting architecture. There is the Art Deco-style United Lutheran Church, on the corner of Chestnut Street and 4th Avenue. The old Presbyterian Church, with its Greek Revival style, looms like a castle, complete with gargoyles, at the corner of 5th […]

  • Still a Hero

    When Mrs. Earl Schaefer had to run errands one day in 1933 in Killdeer, she didn’t give a second thought to leaving her four-year-old daughter Hazel at home with her one-year-old daughter Florence. It happened from time to time that they were left alone at home together; their father worked at a coal mine, and […]

  • Thomas Saunders

    The vast stretches of unclaimed prairie land in Dakota Territory beckoned many a hearty soul in the frontier days, and the Saunders family of Richmond, Virginia, were among these early settlers. On this date in 1886, Thomas Saunders began the journey west with his family when he was nine years old, so that his father […]

  • Lambing

    Lambing can be a tricky business. Nearly 20 percent of lambs die before they are weaned, most within the first ten days. The climate can play a major role in these deaths, and although lambing can take place early in the year, it is more common in the warmer springtime. So in 1936, shepherds watched […]

  • AIM Siege

    Two hundred members of the American Indian Movement took over the small village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on this date in 1973. The group, led by Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and North Dakotan Leonard Peltier, chose the village due to its historic significance as the site of the last major skirmish between Native Americans […]

  • ATO Quarantine

    When a communicable disease strikes, one strategy is to keep it contained. And when people live in close proximity, such as on a college campus, quarantine has even been used. So in 1937, when two North Dakota boys at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house in Fargo were discovered to have scarlet fever, the fifteen […]

  • Military Service

    In the summer of 1894, a group of North Dakota soldiers from the First Infantry Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard sat idly, waiting for a train to pick them up at their training camp in Jamestown and take them home. But no train would come, for the American Railroad Union, under the direction […]

  • Fugitive in Ambrose

    On one moonlit night in February of 1911, a young man by the name of Will Miller broke into the local drug store in Ambrose. As Miller crept through the store in search of valuable items, a marshal on patrol caught sight of his shadowy figure in the store window and arrested the burglar before […]

  • Skip Holm – Part 2

    Today we continue the story of Skip Holm, decorated fighter pilot from North Dakota, born this week in 1944. Holm flew 163 combat missions in the F-105 Thunderbird over Vietnam. Then, as the F-105s were phased out, he moved to the F-4E Phantom fighter for another 189 missions before completing his third tour in 1971. […]

  • Skip Holm

    On this date in 1944, James and Esther Holm were blessed with the birth of a son. From an early age, Skip, as he was known, became increasingly interested in flying, whether a result of a small beanie with a propeller on top that he constantly wore or from watching the eagles and hawks soar […]

  • License Slogans

    In 1951, North Dakota was looking for ideas for a license plate slogan. Something fresh, something that would sum up the state. People wrote in to the Bismarck Tribune with their ideas: “Wheat is Our Gold;” “Hunter’s Paradise;” “North Dakota, the Flickertail State.” However, a man from Beulah, E. P. Boland, seemed to have the […]

  • Disrupted Rail Lines

    The winter of 1935-36 was particularly harsh across the nation. In Fargo, for example, the temperature remained below zero for thirty-seven straight days. A blizzard swept through the state that February, and it wasn’t until four days later, on this date, that a train was sent to clear the path between Valley City and McHenry. […]

  • Grasshoppers: Mother Necessity

    They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Such was the case during the 1930s, when our agricultural state, and others, worked to combat the destruction of grasshoppers. The insects came on like a plague, wreaking havoc on almost everything in sight. They ate the crops, the grass, the weeds; the wash, if it […]

  • The Pest of North Dakota

    In Italy, it is known as Barba di Frate. In Japan, it’s a crop of some importance, and is known as okahijiki. The leaves and shoots of the Salsola genus can be used in sushi or in salads. But, regardless of culinary taste, North Dakotans think of this large flowering plant as nothing more than […]

  • Lake Jessie

    When, in 1824, Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri saw his newborn daughter for the first time, he was a bit disappointed. She wasn’t the boy he was hoping for. However his disappointment soon abated. Dubbed Jessie, in honor of Benton’s father, the two developed a special bond. Raised more like a son than a […]

  • Grand Forks Men Find Gold Mine

    On this date in 1876, a party of 13 men left Grand Forks, followed the Red River south to Fargo and turned west to follow the Northern Pacific railroad, which wasn’t operating that winter. They reached Bismarck on March 2nd, and rested for the next three weeks. When they forged on, their group had swelled […]

  • End of Rustling

    The trials of horse rustlers Kid Trailer and Ky Matthews continued on this date in 1910 in Minot, North Dakota. Four famed lawmen in attendance marked the occasion as the “end of organized rustling in the northwest.” Kid Trailer, alias of Jack Winnefield, formerly worked in the Jones-Carlyle rustling gang. He had a reputation as […]

  • UnValentine’s Day

    A Fargo woman had a busy Valentine’s Day in 1899, when she was divorced and remarried in order to avoid polyandry charges. The woman’s story began seventeen years earlier, when she married Enoch Arden, in Wisconsin. However, the man deserted her shortly after the birth of their first child. A few years later, the woman […]

  • Nurse on Call

    Time and babies wait for no man, beast, or inclement weather, a fact that can be a trial in North Dakota’s winters. On this date in 1946, just such a case occurred as an impatient stork delivered to a snow-blocked home. It seems that an expectant mother was about to have her child, but was […]