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  • Sinclair Lewis

    What did American author Sinclair Lewis have in common with many other North Dakotans?   Although he was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota in 1885, Lewis’s connection to the state was far closer than that, according to reports around this date in 1940. Under the name of Harry S. Lewis, he invested some surplus cash [...]

  • Clarence Putnam

    You’re standing on stage with a microphone resting comfortably in hand as the crowd screams for an encore. It’s a dream nearly every teenager has envisioned at least once in life; making it big in the music world. You’re certain you have what it takes to be the next rock star, country music singer or [...]

  • Gangsta

    Sometimes, here in North Dakota, we feel removed from problems that go on in the rest of the country. However, on this day in 1959, one man reminded some North Dakotans that they should expect the unexpected…and also that they should meet the unexpected head on. Victor Riesel was an unusual, famous columnist from New [...]

  • Mail

    In an age of email and cell phones, sometimes postal services are taken for granted. This is unfortunate, as the history of mail is rich. That friendly postman in his or her official blues comes from a great background. Mail always has been important in helping families stay connected. Little fonts of civilization sprung up [...]

  • Martin Sabo

    Martin Sabo may be the most famous native North Dakotan to gain political notoriety in Minnesota. Martin Olav Sabo was born on this date, February 28th, 1938 to Norwegian immigrant parents in Crosby, county seat of Divide County in northwestern North Dakota. Sabo left the state to attend Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where he received [...]

  • Washburn’s Ag College

    The citizens of Washburn reported their desire to procure the North Dakota Agricultural College for their own city on this day in 1916. Community members had held a mass meeting in order to form the Agricultural College Removal Association in the hopes of taking the college from its present location in Fargo. The activities were [...]

  • Creation of Dakota Territory

    During most of the 1850s, the modern-day region of North Dakota belonged to two different territories. Land west of the Missouri River was part of Nebraska Territory. The region east of the Missouri belonged to Minnesota Territory. When Minnesota was granted statehood in 1858, land east of the Missouri was left unorganized while the west [...]

  • ND State Flag

    The North Dakota state flag was adopted by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly on this day in 1911. The resolution to adopt the flag was brought forth on January 21, 1911 by Colonel John H. Fraine. Fraine urged the assembly to adopt a flag that would resemble the flag carried by the North Dakota infantry [...]

  • Brawling Bill-Makers

    Fist-fights and hilarity reigned at the State Capitol on this date in 1921. While Non-Partisan Leaguers attempted a political coup, their rivals, led by two Irish attorneys, fought back long into the night. The entire comedic drama ended well past midnight in the chambers of State Supreme Court Justice Luther Birdzell. The entire charade began [...]

  • Minot UFOs Return

    An unbelievable UFO sighting occurred on this date over the Minot Air Force base in 1967.  Unbeknownst to many North Dakotans, the state has proved fertile ground for UFO sightings for several decades.  In fact, the state even has a connection to the first UFO sighting in history, when the term “UFO” was first coined.  [...]

  • Forced Norwegian

    The State Legislature passed a law on this date in 1891 that would require the teaching of Scandinavian languages at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Although less than 8% of the student population was of Norwegian descent, the state’s Norwegian minority began clamoring for the bill as early as 1884, calling for [...]

  • Norwegian Hotelkeeper, Andrew Knudson of Grand Forks

      In the time of the “Great Dakota Boom,” from 1878 through 1886, a flood of settlers flowed into the area that became North Dakota. The population grew by over 1,000 percent, from about 16,000 to 191,000 people. Norwegians were the largest group of Scandinavian immigrants to the state and some of these newcomers had [...]

  • Walter Burleigh

    News of its namesake’s death reached Burleigh County on this date in 1896; Walter Burleigh had passed away the evening before in Yankton, South Dakota. Burleigh’s duplicitous character made him a prominent figure in the early days of Dakota Territory. Born in Maine in 1820, Burleigh initially went into the study of medicine. He opened [...]

  • Temporarily Orkney

    Wolford, North Dakota, was originally settled as the town of Orkney. The name was changed to Wolford in 1905, but Wolford’s identity confusion didn’t stop there. After Watford was settled in 1913, Great Northern Railroad shipments were often misrouted because “Watford” and “Wolford” looked similar on handwritten forms. To avoid this confusion, the railroad changed [...]

  • Tough Taxes

    1943 proved a tough tax season for the Fargo Tax Division of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Division workers headquartered on the second floor of the Fargo Federal Building began processing as many as 20,000 claims a day on this date in 1943, in anticipation of the looming March 15th deadline. With the passage of [...]

  • Town Criers

    It’s a “flock” of geese and a “murder” of crows, but what do you call a large group of town criers? On this date in 1929, the Park Hotel in Killdeer was full of them!   They had gathered in Killdeer for their regular Town Criers meeting. The Killdeer Herald reported that it “was a [...]

  • Fargo Theater

    The finishing touches were being put onto the brand-new Fargo Theater on this date in 1926, only days before its much anticipated opening. Isaac Ruben, co-owner of Finkelstein and Ruben Theatres Company, arrived in town to direct last-minute installations. No theatre of this scale or finery had ever been seen in the state. The Bijou, [...]

  • Fatal Forecast

    The upbeat weather forecast announced on this date in 1941 proved fatal to dozens along the Red River Valley. North Dakota forecasters predicted light local snows and a possible cold wave for the weekend, but by Saturday night, a deadly blizzard had moved south from Canada and tore through the eastern part of the state, [...]

  • Traffic

    As cars became more in vogue, cities started to develop traffic laws. On this date in 1940, residents of Bismarck were patting themselves on the back for changes they made to regulate traffic.   A report done by the Bismarck Safety and Courtesy Committee came out around this time stating that 80 percent of traffic [...]

  • Nakota Piebe Homestead Inka

    On this date in 1932, a cow by name of Nakota Piebe Homestead Inka was on the minds of many North Dakotans. Inka had broken a world record—for producing milk and butterfat.   Inka was owned by the North Dakota Agricultural College. She was a “third generation cow,” descended from “the old foundation cow, Madison [...]