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  • Dakota National Forest

    Traditionally, stories involving both North Dakota and forests result in a bad joke, usually ending with a punch-line about the state’s only trees being telephone poles. While the jokes are made in good fun, they contain a grain of truth. After all, the state is the least forested in the country, with trees covering only […]

  • The Ten Commandments

    William C. Palmer’s life was steeped in agriculture. He came from a farming family in Wisconsin, where he was born and raised. For a few years in the midst of his college career, he was in charge of the sub-station of the Minnesota Agricultural College and Experiment Station at Lynd, Minnesota. When he graduated in […]

  • N.P. Prairie Railway

    The Northern Pacific opened rail lines between Edgeley and Streeter, North Dakota, on this day in 1905. The Northern Pacific already extended between Minneapolis and Seattle, but several branches of the line continued to be built into the rural areas of the state into the 1970s. Chartered by Congress in 1864, the company had undergone […]

  • Gilbert A. Pierce

    Gilbert A. Pierce began his first term as a United States Senator representing the newly admitted state of North Dakota on this day in 1889. The Republican Senator had served as Governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 before his appointment as Senator. He was born in East Otto, New York on January 11, […]

  • Mounting the Mississippi

    The Lewis and Clark expedition began their ascent up the Mississippi River on this day in 1803. The group, under the direction of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, was composed of a ragtag band of military men, interpreters, traders, and boatmen. Although Lewis had originally intended to recruit fifteen men for the expedition, it was […]

  • Buffalo Blaze

    A terrible fire was reported from the town of Buffalo, North Dakota, on this date in 1900. The fire swept through the city’s business district, destroying every business save one. Like many early towns of the time, the majority of Buffalo’s businesses were concentrated onto a single block in the town’s center. Although this proved […]

  • Oak Lawn Church

    In the study of North Dakota’s history, we are often confronted by the deeds and actions of the ‘great men’ of the state’s past; the grit of Theodore Roosevelt, the headstrong courage of George Armstrong Custer, the acrimonious governorships of William Langer or the fatalistic determination of Sitting Bull. Certainly, North Dakota history would have […]

  • Runaway Boxcar

    A Bismarck man endured a frightening ride on this day in 1908. Percy Simpson, a Soo line employee, was working on the roof of the boxcar near Wilton, North Dakota, when the incident occurred. Simpson, a brakeman, had been sent to the top of the car to repair a bent brake shaft. While Simpson worked […]

  • Ole Thortwick

    Ole G. Thortwick, lauded as the first settler in the Red River Valley, passed away on this date in 1908. Thortwick traveled to the area from his home in Houston County, Minnesota. As the first homesteaders to stake a claim in the valley, he and his wife did so in hopes of farming the valley’s […]

  • Choose Your Own

    A young man from Golden Valley was driving around when he saw a giant eagle attacking a jack rabbit. He stopped to see what would happen, but when the rabbit ran under his car, the eagle began to attack him! It tore off the top of the car and attempted to carry him off, but […]

  • Prize Pumpkin

    The Territory of Dakota announced its contribution to the New Orleans Exposition on this day in 1884. Territorial officials announced that the state would send a prize pumpkin, weighing 185 pounds, to the city. The 1885 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition was to highlight commercial enterprise throughout the world. North Dakota’s pumpkin represented the […]

  • Ridiculous Retraction

    A retraction issued by Deputy United States Marshal A. B. Wood was sent to the Associated Press and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on this date in 1910. The retraction, although a serious matter, was the result of a practical joke gone awry. It […]

  • Takako Konishi Urban Myth

    It was this week, in 2001, a Japanese woman was discovered dead after a mysterious cross-state sojourn that many believed was her search for the lost treasure depicted in the Coen brothers’ movie, FARGO. Takako Konishi was first noticed by a trucker who spotted the petite 28 year-old wandering near a landfill on the outskirts […]

  • Veterans Day

    Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor the many soldiers who have fought for us and our country throughout our history. On this date in 1932, local veterans from both the Spanish-American War and World War I were honored at an “Armistice Day Dinner” in Bismarck. Later in the month, Bismarck’s Spanish-American vets also […]

  • John Cowan

    In November of 1910, John Cowan, a well respected judge from Devils Lake, set a match to the tinderbox of prohibition by refusing to hear a case about two little “blind pigs.” Three-time attorney general, and the first North Dakota official to be impeached, John Cowan was born in 1858 in Moffat, Scotland. John didn’t […]

  • Empire Arts Center

    Driving down DeMers Avenue and headed toward the Red River, you will find the building some refer to as “The Jewel in the Heart of Downtown Grand Forks”. Otherwise known as the Empire Arts Center, the building has seen numerous name changes and several face lifts in its 90 year history. Minnesota architects Charles Buechner […]

  • Sealed with a Kiss

    In 1954, Marilyn Wentz was crowned homecoming queen of the University of North Dakota. It was announced by the Bismarck Tribune on this date through a photograph printed in the newspaper; the pretty girl forever caught in a state of high emotions, laughing and looking ecstatic as she sported her new crown. The girl was […]

  • Bumper Ballots

    A strangely unique political ploy was reported from Bottineau on this day in 1910. The ploy was enacted by the Democratic headquarters that city, and was discovered and reported by a group of angry Republican supporters. Apparently, the Democrats were distributing bumper stickers in support of their candidate for governor, John Burke. Among the stickers […]

  • UND

    The University of North Dakota was founded one hundred and twenty-six years ago, on this date in 1883. A full six years before North Dakota became a state, the Territorial Legislature approved a bill establishing the institution. Grand Forks native George Walsh submitted the bill, which anticipated the coming of statehood. The university’s location became […]

  • Blanchard Fire

    The thriving town of Blanchard was completely wiped out on this day in 1908, as an enormous fire ravaged the community in the early morning hours. The fire spread quickly, consuming the entire business section within a few short hours. Several residences were also destroyed, leaving many people homeless and possessing only the pajamas on […]