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  • St. Patrick’s Day

    Today is St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone has a bit of the Irish.   Of course, some people are Irish year-‘round. Back in 1961, homebuilder Shamrock Homes of Bismarck played off its Irish image by displaying a large green boulder with “A Bit of the Ol’ Blarney Stone” written upon it – but one morning [...]

  • Devils Lake Chautauqua

    Devils Lake became host of North Dakota’s official Chautauqua gathering in the summer of 1893. Yearly thereafter, the Chautauqua hosted famous lecturers, singers, politicians and preachers. North Dakotans enjoyed watching stage productions and listening to dramatic readings and interpretations of plays; they applauded popular speakers expounding on social issues of the day. All of this [...]

  • Ruth Meiers

    Ruth Meiers, North Dakota’s thirty-third Lieutenant Governor, passed away in office on this date in 1987. The state’s first female Lieutenant Governor, Meiers was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in September of 1986. Despite the diagnosis, she continued to serve in office until her death six months later. Meiers was born into a politically-active [...]

  • Fargo-Moorhead’s Days of Silent Film and Vaudeville

    Today, most movie goers in North Dakota still have a few venues to choose from, but what was it like in the early 1920s, when the silent film, or the “photo drama,” first came to the Prairie?   On March 20th, 1921, a new and exciting week of photo drama releases had just come out, [...]

  • Banned Black Sox Player, Swede Risberg

    On this date in 1931, “Swede” Risberg’s name showed up in a Bismarck Tribune newspaper article about a car accident near Harvey. One of the drivers, Pierce Scott, died when he was thrown from his vehicle. Charles “Swede” Risberg was among the other involved in the accident who receive received minor bruises, and he was [...]

  • Tragic Death of Coalminer Gus Larson

    Veins of lignite coal radiate around and through the hills and coulees of Burlington Township in Ward County, located just eight miles from Minot. A 1915 plat-map of Burlington Township showed six coal mines in operation – the Mouse River Lignite Coal Company; Davis Coal Company; Dakota Lignite Coal Company; Burlington Coal Company; Peoples Coal [...]

  • Watford City

    In 1914, the Great Northern Railroad changed the name of the Banks town site in McKenzie County to Watford. This caused confusion with the Pierce County town of Wolford. As a result, Great Northern officials decided to change the name of Wolford to Orkney. However, this change was not discussed with the people of Wolford [...]

  • Active Imagination

    The dangers of an active imagination came to light on this date in 1921.   Reports came from Minnewaukan that a bank in the small community of Tokio, ND, in Benson County, was held up by eighteen-year-old Loraine Nolan.   Another lad tipped off the police after Nolan bragged about the robbery. Nolan was arrested [...]

  • Who wants the job

    On this date in 1920, the Ward County Independent published this notice:   “Chester Jacobson, Minot’s aviator, has arranged to add parachute leaps from his airplane as one of his attractions during the coming season.   “Who wants the job? It doesn’t really take any previous experience. All you have to do is to accompany [...]

  • Weather History

    Avid fans of weather history and of Dakota Datebook may recall that in mid-March of 1941, a blizzard swept across the upper Midwest, reaping death in its wake. Out of more than 70 victims, at least thirty-five fell in North Dakota.   Reports of the dead and the close calls flew everywhere. The Northwestern Bell [...]

  • Gender Roles

    In the early settlement of the state of North Dakota, many men tried their hand at homesteading. Some women homesteaded, too, but for the most part, traditional roles prevailed, with the women taking care of the home front and any children who came along.   Such gender roles made the news in Grafton in 1931 [...]

  • Rahjahs

    On this date in 1963, the North Dakota State University school newspaper, The Spectrum, published its first edition under new editor, Everett Richardson. With this issue launched a new school controversy.   A student had complained that the Rahjahs, a campus pep squad, and the cheerleaders were not doing their job. In a letter to [...]

  • Knitting Rally

    As the boys back home went off to the First World War, those left behind on the home front did what they could to help with the war effort. On this date, the Courier Democrat newspaper in Langdon reported on a knitting rally attended by approximately 80 knitters, including a good number of beginners. As [...]

  • Rotarians

    In 1921, the conference of the district of International Association of Rotary clubs, which are service organizations, was held in Fargo. Rotarians had travelled from around the region for the two-day conference, which culminated on this date.   At the time, it was customary at these sorts of conventions for the different delegations to pull [...]

  • Civil Defense

    On this date in 1952, the United States was involved in the Korean War, and tensions from the Cold War were rising all across the country.   In Bismarck, Civil Defense officials put out a call in the Bismarck Tribune for 150 men to train into service as firemen, “in case of a bombing attack [...]

  • Florence “Treetops” Klingensmith

    Fargoan Florence “Treetops” Klingensmith made the history books as a female aviator. In 1929, intent on making a living as a pilot, she sought to obtain a plane for use “in civic advertising, promotion of projects in line with a greater Fargo development and good will flights.”   On this date, with the financial support [...]

  • Wartime Rations

    When the United States entered World War II near the close of 1941, few Americans realized the extent to which everyday life would change. North Dakota braced itself by preparing to increase crop and animal production in the coming years. Much of Europe was already facing massive shortages, and rationing had become the order of [...]

  • Fred Sinirius

    A tragic shooting rocked the small town of Zap, North Dakota, in April of 1941. The shooter, a local farmer and father of eight, was considered a hard-working husband and family man before financial trouble and a minor dispute pushed him over the edge. Early in 1941, Fred Sinirius was evicted from his farm near [...]

  • Jefferson Kidder

    Few North Dakotans have likely heard of Jefferson Kidder, although most have heard of Kidder County, which was named for the 19th century North Dakotan. Kidder’s many and varied roles ranged from Lieutenant Governor to State Senator, and ran from his native Vermont to the wilds of Minnesota and Dakota Territory. His son was killed [...]

  • Refugees of the Red

    Residents along the Red River battled severe flood waters on this date in 1943, as muddy water poured into houses and businesses. Riverside residential areas of Fargo and Moorhead faced the worst of the crisis, with nearly three hundred families forced from their homes. The Marsh family of Moorhead was one such victim of the [...]