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  • Missing in Action

    Donald Arneson was the son of a widowed carpenter from Hillsboro who fought with North Dakota’s 164th Regiment during WWII. After the war, he went to NDSU, but after a year he decided to re-enlist.   Now 28, Arneson was serving in Japan when the Korean War broke out in 1950, and he was soon [...]

  • Meal Tickets for Tramps in Fargo, 1895

    The plight of homeless people has always brought three reactions – compassion, indifference, or condemnation. Homeless people have been called many names in the past – hoboes, tramps, transients, bums, or vagabonds. Today’s Datebook tells about a supposedly-compassionate response to tramps in Fargo as described in The Casseltonian newspaper, of Casselton, on this date in [...]

  • Midway Murders

    One of the most horrific mass murders in North Dakota’s history occurred in April of 1920, at the farmstead of Jacob Wolf near Turtle Lake. Wolf, his wife, five children, and a 13-year-old farmhand were brutally murdered with a hatchet and shotgun. Five of the victims were found in the cellar of the farmhouse by [...]

  • Alexander Carron

    On this date in 1907, residents of North Dakota were talking about the recent activities of a renowned outlaw. You may or may not have heard of Alexander Carron, but the Harvey Herald reported that he had “far surpassed the record of Jesse James or any other criminal of modern times.”   Carron was wanted [...]

  • Arikara Memorial at Sentinel Butte (1911)

    The town of Sentinel Butte was named after two nearby buttes located to the south and southeast. A butte is an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top, and Native Americans long ago called them “Two Buttes That Stand Facing Each Other,” which became “The Sentinel Buttes,” in English. Located eighteen miles west [...]

  • Oil News

    It was April 30th, and oil men near Tioga were falling behind schedule. “We should have begun drilling by now,” said one, “and here we haven’t even been able to get our rigs in the field.”   One might guess the problem was weather or spring flooding, but that April had been among the driest [...]

  • New Sanish

    They used to be people of a small cowtown along the Missouri River. The town used to have lovely rodeo grounds that were well-known across the nation and they used to have tall cottonwoods along the river. The town also used to have a local government. On this day in 1953, however, it did not, [...]

  • Erik Ramstad’s Immigration

    This month in 1883, Erik and Oline Ramstad set out from Grafton in Dakota Territory to become the first settlers of present day Minot ND. Three years later Erik Ramstad’s land sale to the railroad companies would set into motion the creation of the city of Minot. Ramstad would profit handsomely from these sales, and [...]

  • Simons and His Prize

    In May 1904, Joseph Pulitzer, creator of the coveted Pulitzer Prize, wrote: “Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve [the] public virtue…The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in [...]

  • Knife River Rupture

    Oil development in western North Dakota has drawn strong criticism and concern from environmental advocates worried such development could affect the land, water, and wildlife resources. Such concern, however, is far from new. North Dakotans awoke on this date in 1970 to see a shocking image – a very polluted Knife River on the front [...]

  • Hindenburg Connections

    The LZ 129 Hindenburg airship caught fire, exploded, and crumpled from the sky on this date in 1937.  The German airship disaster made headlines around the world, not only due to the horrific nature of its destruction, but also because of the spectacular newsreel coverage and the mystery surrounding the cause of the fiery crash. [...]

  • Tuttle Bank Robbery

    Bank robberies began an upward climb during the 1920s, causing state bank associations across the Midwest, from Texas to North Dakota, to offer their own “wanted dead or alive” rewards for bank robbers. A bank robbery in Tuttle, North Dakota shows just how sophisticated bank robbers had gotten in 1921.   In the early hours [...]

  • The Great Griffith

    It was at noon on May 7th, 1912 that Dr. O. B. Griffith placed a long-distance phone call from Jamestown’s Gladstone Hotel. The key to getting it right was to have a clear phone connection, and using a company called Independent Telephone, Griffith was assured his voice would travel over a line made entirely of [...]

  • Ray Bell and Smokey Bear!

    Smokey Bear is the longest running public service campaign in the United States, with Smokey’s mission being to raise public awareness to prevent fires and protect our nation’s forests. But Smokey wasn’t the first “spokesanimal” speaking out for fire safety. After the release of the 1942 animated feature film, Bambi, Walt Disney temporarily loaned his [...]

  • John Louis Clarke

    John Louis Clarke was born on this date in 1881 in Highwood, Montana. Considered one of the “most under-appreciated artists” of our time, Clarke’s work would end up in galleries from Chicago to London, and even grace the walls of magnate John D. Rockefeller. Although he worked in several media, he became best known for [...]

  • Zip to Zap

    In 1969, a bored NDSU student, lacking the funds to go on a spring break vacation, decided to write a satirical piece promoting the small town of Zap in western North Dakota. The promotion appeared in the NDSU student paper, The Spectrum. The student paper at UND also picked up the story, and soon a [...]

  • Lamoure Lightning

    A terrible thunderstorm featuring winds of “cyclonic proportions” and widespread lightning struck southern North Dakota on the early morning of May 9th, 1922. The worst of the storm’s damage spread from southern Stutsman County to the southeast corner of the state, and damaged farm buildings and equipment worth an estimated value of $50,000. The worst [...]

  • Thursday Musical Club

    Always the most fashionable neighborhood in Grand Forks, Reeves Drive was home for the leaders and financiers of the community. The street had been named for D. P. Reeves, builder of steamboats in the 1870s. By 1899, Reeves Drive was the address of six bankers, four lawyers, and three businessmen. Most of the Reeves Drive [...]

  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis, or TB, was once the leading cause of death in the United States, and it still causes death today. The germs, spread from person to person through the air, usually affect the lungs, but TB can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine.   [...]

  • Chicken Rustlers

    Two alleged ‘chicken rustlers’ were arrested in Valley City on this date in 1922 by Sheriff Larson on charges of repeated chicken theft. The two men hailed from Pine City, Minnesota, and appeared to be operating a wide-scale chicken rustling scheme in which they would drive into rural areas of North Dakota, steal live chickens [...]