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  • POW Opsahl Released

    On this day in 1945, waist gunner Sgt. Roland Opsahl, of Lakota, woke up to unfamiliar silence. He’d been a POW since his plane, “Old Daddy,” was shot down nearly 14 months earlier. Observers said an outboard engine was in flames as the plane spun to the left and crashed. Seven crewmembers parachuted, but the [...]

  • Mr. White Goes to Washington

    Back in January, we brought you the story of Frank White, North Dakota’s eighth governor. He was the first governor to serve two terms, largely because he eliminated the state’s debt while simultaneously overseeing the addition of the north wing of the original capitol building. White was a civil engineer, a farmer and a banker. [...]

  • Letters Home

    During World War I, a number of Minot soldiers wrote to Minot High School students about their experiences in the field. A 1918 editorial in Minot High’s paper, the Searchlight, reads, “Not long ago these boys were in the quiet of their homes in a peaceful country. Today, in a strange land they are facing [...]

  • Elizabeth Preston Anderson

    We’ve spent the last two days talking about events connected to alcohol in North Dakota’s past. Today we bring you the story of Elizabeth Preston Anderson, who was at the other end of the spectrum. She was born on this date in 1861 to Elam Stanton Preston, a Methodist pastor in Decatur, IN. His ancestors [...]

  • End of the Track Gang

    We’re spending a few days looking at some of the state’s history concerning alcohol. Yesterday we discussed the Bismarck booze bust of 1907. Today, we’re backing up a couple decades. On this date in 1877, Bismarck saloonkeeper, Peter Branigan*, was supposed to be executed. He had killed a soldier named Massengale in his saloon on [...]

  • Bismarck Booze Bust

    During the early years, Bismarck was right on the heels of Deadwood in lawlessness, violence and the selling of liquor. But, by the early 1900s, some Bismarck residents felt it was time to actually enforce prohibition. Saloons that carried on in secret were called “blind pigs,” and their beverages were either illegally produced locally or [...]

  • Actual Settlers

    In April 1895, The Fargo Forum reported: “…the Great Northern railway took a train of 405 people, actual settlers, not excursionists, to the Red River Valley and the Turtle Mountain country of North Dakota. They occupied nine coaches, and their household effects and farm implements filled several long freight trains. “We believe this to the [...]

  • Jewish Wing

    The Jewish observance of Passover begins today at sundown. During early migrations of Jewish settlers into ND, most special celebrations were celebrated in farm homes. Rabbi Julius Hess often traveled from Ashley to provide services and instruction for Judaic immigrants northeast of Bismarck. Residents of Wing planned to build a synagogue in 1915, but it [...]

  • J. Clark Salyer II

    In 1934, a USDA report read, “Serious drought conditions have arisen periodically throughout recorded history, always doubtless working hardship on waterfowl. But never, so far as is known, have there been so many destructive conditions and agencies at work at once upon a depleted waterfowl supply as during the past 5 years.” Yesterday, we talked [...]

  • Ding Darling

    Earth Day is this Friday, and State Bird Day is next Tuesday. 2005 is also the 100th anniversary of the first wildlife refuge to be established in the state at Stump Lake. It’s a good time to tell the story of two men who had an enormous impact on wildlife conservation in ND. The first [...]

  • Brigadier General James Wold, part 2

    Yesterday we brought you part one of our story on retired Brigadier General James Wold, a much-decorated Air Force pilot in Vietnam who later set up a law practice near Cooperstown. Back in 1969 and ‘70, many of Wold’s 241 combat missions were search and rescues in Vietnam and Laos. In 1994, President Bill Clinton [...]

  • Brigadier General James Wold

    James William Wold was born in Minneapolis on this date in 1932, but his family’s roots were in ND. Decades earlier, his grandmother came to work for her aunt and uncle in Grand Forks, then moved back to Norway. In 1923, her 16-year-old son Peter came over and lived in Grand Forks. Little did Peter [...]

  • Apollo

    After a harrowing journey, Apollo 13 made it back from space on this date 35 years ago. Astronaut Tony England of West Fargo was in the control room when the Apollo crewman spoke those famous words, “Houston, we have a problem.” NASA turned to England for help, and he and several other engineers scrambled to [...]

  • Herbert Wilson, Fort Berthold Doctor

    Doctor Herbert Wilson was born in Bethel, Vermont, on this date in 1921. Wilson was a physician at Fort Berthold for 43 years before retiring nine years ago. Of his self-dedication, Dr. Wilson says he was a product of his times. His college education was interrupted by World War II, which turned his life in [...]

  • Black Stallion

    On this date in 1980, the Academy Awards ceremony took place, and featured, among other films, The Black Stallion, which was nominated for best picture and best supporting actor. A sequel, The Return of the Black Stallion immediately went into development, and Corky Randall, the head trainer on The Black Stallion was searching for a [...]

  • Dakota Dan

    Two weeks before North Dakota became a state, attorney Leslie Simpson of Minneapolis rented an office above a Dickinson bank and immersed himself in the world of frontier justice. Four years later, he was elected to the ND House and then served in the state senate until 1912. Simpson’s highest-profile case involved a Dickinson rancher [...]

  • George Bird Grinnell, Conservationist

    George Bird Grinnell, a respected authority on the Plains Indians, passed away on this date in 1938; he was 88 and had led a vigorous and amazingly productive life. In 2004, the Bugle published a story by Shane Mahoney, who wrote, “He was many things: scientist, hunter, explorer, naturalist, entrepreneur and author. Above all else, [...]

  • Bill Shemorry

    Writer, photographer and historian Bill Shemorry passed away one year ago today; he was 89 and was described as “one of a kind.” He was a newspaperman in Williston for more than 70 years and was witness to a great deal of his city’s history. As a child, Shemorry was one of the very first [...]

  • Lunching with MacArthur

    William Stern of Fargo and Warren Magnuson of Moorhead were good friends and were together in Asia when the supreme commander of the allied forces was relieved of his post during the Korean War. The official story says Gen. Douglas MacArthur learned of his dismissal while having lunch with visitors on April 11, 1951. Stern [...]

  • French Dakota

    If you were alive in 1682 – and living in a large portion of what is now North Dakota – you would have theoretically become French on this date. Having discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, Rene-Robert de LaSalle claimed for France the river, its tributaries, and all the land in between. LaSalle named [...]