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  • Bandits

    On this date in 1934, people were talking about a family in McKenzie County that had a chance encounter with some bandits, and earned themselves a bit of good advice.   It all started in Sidney, Montana, where two men decided to rob a business. However, while they were otherwise occupied, a police officer passing [...]

  • Buck-Shot Robber

    In 1922, two young Logan County farmers learned the hard way that a life of crime doesn’t pay. The 21-year-old men, Myron Haines and Irwin Sparks, decided to try their hand at armed robbery, but after both a car and foot chase, they ended up nursing their wounds behind bars. On the evening of May [...]

  • Break-Down Births

    News reports today abound with stories of inclement weather, unusual births, and even drivers struck by car trouble, but rarely do we hear stories that include all three. In 1922, however, a couple of eastern tourists were traveling through the state on their way to Montana when a heavy rainstorm moved in. Intent on reaching [...]

  • Tobacco Can Attack

    A raving man was arrested late on the night of May 19, 1922, by a Bismarck patrolman. The officer believed him drunk, and jailed him for the night, hoping he’d sober up by morning. However, by morning, the man was still spouting, yelling at the Chief of Police, Louis Dahlgren, to shoot him because something [...]

  • Good Roads Woman

    What’s in a name? As Shakespeare asked, “Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” Certainly a name can alter one’s expectations of a thing, or even a person. Good Roads Woman, an early 20th century Siouan woman living in western North Dakota, proved in 1904 that you can’t judge a book by [...]

  • Steamboat Traffic – 1881

    Steamboats operating on the Missouri River were a key element in advancing the frontier westward. Manufactured goods could be shipped to St. Louis, transferred to smaller steamboats and then freighted up river as far as Fort Benton, Montana. Freighters then hauled the goods from that point to the miners. Military posts along the river also [...]

  • What drives you?

    Here is an excerpt for your listening pleasure:  “I used to pay my grocery bill whenever it was due, and in the butcher’s yawning till the coin I promptly threw.  But now in vain they plead and moan to get my good long green, for every dollar that I own I need for gasoline!” Do [...]

  • Hans Langseth

    On this date in 1922, the city of Sacramento California opened the week-long “Days of ’49″ celebration with a “longest beard in the United States” competition. The title of “King of the Whiskerinos” went to Hans Langseth, of Barney, North Dakota, who won the contest easily with his 17-foot-long beard.   Hans was born in [...]

  • Pyramid Park, also known as The Little Missouri Badlands, 1879

    The Little Missouri Badlands near Medora resemble the Grand Canyon – on a smaller scale. Thousands of colorful buttes dominate the landscape in Theodore Roosevelt National Park along the course of the Little Missouri River. Tourists began to visit these Badlands in considerable numbers after the Northern Pacific Railway completed its tracks to the Little [...]

  • James Hill

    On this date in 1916, an infection had James Hill bedridden. From his window, the man known as the Empire Builder looked onto the bustling city of St. Paul. As CEO of the Great Northern Railroad, Hill had played a large part in the growth and settlement of North Dakota. He was one of the [...]

  • Cold Spot

    With an unusually long winter and an even colder spring, 2013 had many North Dakotans wondering if warmer weather would ever arrive. As tough as the weather has been so far, however, the spring of 1970 might have been worse. On May 26th of that year, the morning temperature in Fargo broke a 1947 record. [...]

  • Gold Star Mothers of WWI

    To attain the rank of gold, whether it is a gold medal in the Olympics or a gold star in school, means that you have accomplished the highest level of achievement. But for a Gold Star Mother of the First World War, it was a mark of extreme sacrifice – her son had lost his [...]

  • Bishop Vincent J. Ryan

    His motto was “Above All Things Charity.” Bishop Vincent J. Ryan strove to make that his life’s guiding principle both before and after his consecration as Bishop of Bismarck on this day in 1940.   Born on a farm in Columbia County, Wisconsin in 1884, Vincent J. Ryan was ordained in 1912. He spent the [...]

  • The Spirit of St Louis

    Levon West, also known as Ivan Dmitri, grew up on the prairies of North Dakota. While studying business and economics at the University of Minnesota, a chance meeting with printmaker and illustrator Joseph Pennell in 1925 convinced Levon West to instead pursue a career in etching. With lots of ambition, but little money, he headed [...]

  • Selkirk Purchase

    The Hudson Bay Company granted the Earl of Selkirk over seventy million acres of land in the Red River Valley on this day in 1811. Part of Rupert’s Land, the area had previously been granted to the Hudson Bay Company by the British government in an effort to form a fur-trading monopoly in the area. [...]

  • Richard Sykes

    Richard Sykes was a representative for a syndicate based out of Manchester, England looking to make land investments in the northwest United States. He arrived in Dakota Territory in December of 1881 and purchased 45,000 acres from the Northern Pacific Railway for about $1 an acre in Wells, Stutsman and LaMoure counties. His goal was [...]

  • Herd Boars

    Charles Whitteron, a farmer near Bottineau, North Dakota, was recuperating after an animal attack on this date in 1922. The day before, Whitteron fought for his life when his own herd boar attacked him in the breeding corral. Herd boars are full-grown adult hogs kept for breeding purposes, and they’re notoriously dangerous. They are chosen [...]

  • Red River Valley and Western Railroad

    Transporting the enormous crops of the bonanza farms to market was a expensive and critical part of farming in the late 1800s. On this date in 1893, the bonanza farmers of The Amenia and Sharon Land Company incorporated the Red River Valley and Western Railroad to replace their slow horse-drawn wagons. 12 miles of track [...]

  • George Broadhurst

    Since its opening in 1917, the Broadhurst Theatre has housed some of the most popular plays and musicals in New York. The theater’s namesake, George H. Broadhurst had proven himself a successful writer and director with works like ‘Mills of the Gods’ and ‘Man of the Hour,’ a play starring Douglas Fairbanks that ran for [...]

  • Praying for Rain in June

    North Dakotans suffered greatly in the drought season of 1936, as a dry springtime turned into a frightfully hot summer – the hottest summer ever experienced in the state. On this date in 1936, Governor Walter Welford embarked upon a “talking tour” to examine crop conditions in the dry zones. He gave a speech in [...]