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  • Dave Mullen

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook told the story of Bismarck’s first cemetery and the 1903 unearthing of 13 bodies, one of which may have been Bismarck saloon owner Dave Mullen. In 1873, Dave Mullen was buried in the Fourth Street Cemetery, also known as Boot Hill cemetery, leaving behind a strange tale concerning his death. In 1873, […]

  • Thirteen Unearthed Graves

    In October of 1872, the newly established frontier village of Bismarck experienced its first death. Private Sharpe was buried by his comrades, receiving the first burial in Bismarck. A month later, Mrs. McDonald gave birth to the first baby in North Dakota’s future capital city, but the baby passed away soon after. The pioneers of […]

  • Fort Totten Little Theater

    Fort Totten began in 1867 as a military outpost on the Northern Plains that acted as a symbol in aiding settlers on their journey across the vast prairie. Slightly less than 100 years later it became another symbol- a cultural symbol. On this date in 1963, tickets went on sale for the first production at […]

  • North Dakota Tornados

    Often in the warm summer months, Mother Nature can deliver a violent reminder to those of us in the Upper Great Plains of just how forceful she can be. Summer storms can be as destructive and life threatening as any of our dreaded winter-time blizzards. Of these summer storms, tornados are clearly the most violent […]

  • The Poppy

    If undisturbed, the poppy seed will lie on the top of the ground for years without producing a plant and partially for that reason the poppy has become a symbol of war and remembrance of those who were wounded or died in combat. Battlefields are generally torn up and then neglected for a year or […]

  • 1997 Red River Flood, Part 3

    Recent spring rain and an early April snowstorm got people in the Red River Valley a little nervous about flooding…and there has been some minor flooding this spring, but nothing compared to the record-setting flood of 1997. But as Dr. Leon Osborne, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Dakota and Director of […]

  • A Hollywood Murder

    It was a case fit for Hollywood, starring a murdered lover, an infatuated killer, a valiant lawyer, and the beauty that brought them all together again. It was the trial of Madalynne Obenchain, formerly Madalynne Connor of Fessenden. The case continued through today in 1922 as a third jury heard the trial of Madalynne’s fellow […]

  • Lewis and Clark Return

    200 years ago, Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery were moving with the current down the Missouri River through present-day South Dakota. They were traveling 60 to 70 miles per day in a south-easterly direction. The end of the journey was less than a month away. As they drew closer to “civilization,” they […]

  • Lewis and Clark Return

    200 years ago…this was the second and final week Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent in North Dakota as they made their way back to St. Louis. It was a week of hellos and goodbyes during a three day sojourn at the Knife River villages where the Corps had spent the winter […]

  • Lewis and Clark Return

    200 years ago this week…Lewis and Clark were making their way onto the plains of Montana. Horses, dugout canoes, and Mandan inspired bullboats aided their travel—and Sakagawea continued to provide valuable guidance. Lewis was leading a small group of men in the north, and Clark commanded a larger party further south. The week’s journal entries […]

  • Lewis and Clark Return

    Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery were camped the first three days of July, 1806 at “Traveller’s Rest,” now a state park of the same name near Missoula. The time was needed for men and horses to rest, and for preparations for the next few weeks, as the party would divide in order […]

  • Lewis and Clark Return

    200 years ago, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Corps of Discovery were in the home stretch of their epic journey through what would become the western United States of America. Three years earlier, Lewis had been commissioned by his Virginia neighbor (and President of the then 16 united states) to lead an […]

  • The Prince and the Painter, Part 1

    Springtime is an excellent time of year to set out on a river journey. And that’s exactly what a German gentleman named Prince Maximilian of Wied was preparing to do in April of 1832. The journey would take the Prince and his two assistants to the heart of North America before they would reverse direction […]

  • Ev Albers

    On this date, during “the Great Blizzard of 1942,” Ev Albers was born in Oliver County. Dakota Datebook probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Albers, because he, as executive director of the ND Humanities Council, made sure we received the necessary funding. Albers grew up on a dairy farm near Hannover. His daughter Gretchen […]

  • Mad Trapper, Part 2

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook told of a tow-headed little Norwegian immigrant boy who grew up in Williams County, North Dakota, turned to a life of crime at age 16 and did time in three western state pens before vanishing in the early 1920s. Johnny Johnson knew how to handle a gun and was at home in […]

  • Public Radio in North Dakota

    Public Radio stations have been providing their distinctive non-commercial programming in North Dakota for more than eighty years. Seven years ago today most of those stations were united for the first time in the statewide network we know as North Dakota Public Radio. The story of public radio in North Dakota is too complicated to […]

  • Tom Mix Wedding, Part 2

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook was on the anniversary of the wedding of Olive Stokes and Tom Mix. The nuptials took place before a Billings County Justice of the Peace on a Medora ranch in 1909. The courtship had been brief, barely a month. After New Years, Olive and Tom made a twenty-mile ride along the Little […]

  • Women of Hatton, Part 2

    It was business as usual in the saloons of Hatton on this day in 1890. Business was good. Fires crackled in the stoves. Thick-fingered men played cards, smoked, spat, laughed, argued, and kept the bartenders busy refilling their glasses. The single pane windows were frosted over. New arrivals stomped the snow from their boots and […]

  • Jefferson Speaks to Indian Leaders

    January 4, 1806 — 200 years ago today — was the day of an important diplomatic exchange between the President of the United States and some of the Indian nations Lewis and Clark had encountered in the interior of the rapidly expanding nation. On their way westward Lewis and Clark had convinced some Indian leaders […]

  • Manhunt in Fargo

    On this date in 1931, the Sabin State Bank in Sabin, MN, was robbed, leading to a weeklong manhunt in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Four men hit the bank around 2:30 in the afternoon. Three of them entered, with their faces exposed, and demanded the bank’s holdings from the solitary cashier, George Carlson. A fourth man […]