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  • Busy Telephones

    The drought of 1936 came with the most severe heat wave North Dakota had ever seen. Temperatures hit record highs and very little moisture fell in the Dakotas. But when it started to rain the following year, on June 3rd, 1937, it looked like the drought was over.   The weather bureau showed about two [...]

  • Fire Festival

    On this day in 1899, the city of Fargo looked ready for a carnival. That’s because they were. After planning and preparing, residents were ready for a special festival that was to really kick off the next day. In just five years, it had become something of a state holiday: It was the fire festival. [...]

  • Hep-C Free

    A progressive public health initiative taken by North Dakota’s prison system garnered national attention on this date in 2007. Although relatively small, with fewer than 1,500 inmates, the state’s prisons were attempting to tackle what the World Health Organization has called the new “silent killer” – Hepatitis C. After a National Public Radio program highlighted [...]

  • The 100-Mile Doctor

    Poor roads and unreliable transportation made it hard for country doctors to reach their patients … especially back in 1917. On this date that year, the Bismarck Tribune reported one doctor had set an unofficial record on a rainy June day.   Doctor W. C. Wolverton of Linton, started his day in Hull, twenty miles [...]

  • George Trikk, Bandit

    June 9 just might have been the day a bandit named George Trikk made his mark on North Dakota history. In 1900, it was said he stole a sack of gold coins from a train in Fargo and fled southwest toward Leonard. A posse took him into custody and, while they looked for the gold, [...]

  • Fatal Car Bombing

    This date in 1939 was not a typical day in Fargo-Moorhead. The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway were winding up a 3-day visit to the area, when early that morning they heard an explosion from the east side of the river.   It was 6 a.m., and 28 year-old J. Milton Lee was on [...]

  • New Rockford Collegiate Institute

    By the turn of the century, in 1900, North Dakota had about 150 Congregational churches; and the church leaders saw a need for building a Christian academy to educate their young people. One-room rural schoolhouses have been idealized, but those schools usually provided an education only through eighth-grade. To provide high school training, the Congregationalists [...]

  • New Concrete Sidewalks

    The history of ordinary, everyday items, like sidewalks, almost always takes a back seat to more exciting topics – like murders or revolutions or accidents or lefse recipes. But something as simple as the history of a concrete sidewalk may allow a modern-day person to appreciate mundane items underfoot. On this date in 1907, partway [...]

  • Petrified Man

    On June 8, 1896 Richard Omand was digging a culvert on his rented land near Bloomer, Minnesota. A few feet below the surface, he struck something hard. Supposing the barrier to be a large rock, he began removing the tough clay from around it. Lo and behold, it was no rock, but a fossilized human [...]

  • Rights and Stolen Rights

    An interesting pair of stories about rights appeared in the Fargo Forum at this time in 1944. The first was about a newly passed bill that offered American soldiers benefits beyond their monthly pay—the GI Bill of Rights.   The U.S. Senate passed the new bill on June 13th, with the Associated Press reporting, “American [...]

  • Misplaced Murder

    The Bismarck Tribune published a report on the death of a boy near Bloom, North Dakota, on this date in 1922, stating that blame placed on a Northern Pacific train for the death of the boy was in fact misplaced, and that the teenager’s skull was fractured from a single blow. The body of the [...]

  • UND Knocked Down

    On June 16, 1887, a severe wind storm ripped through the University of North Dakota and destroyed much of the school’s main building. The west wing was demolished, its chimneys and cupola knocked to the ground. The school’s museum was a total loss, with most of the collection missing or damaged. This came less than [...]

  • Stark County Courthouse Dedication in Dickinson, 1937

    The years of the Great Depression, 1929 to 1940, are often remembered in connection with dust-storms, grasshopper swarms, and New Deal government reforms. Other vestiges of the 1930s live on in the buildings constructed during those “hard times” – reminders of federal government programs, like the P-W-A or the W-P-A, which put unemployed people to [...]

  • Otis Tossett’s Trees

    Governor Norman Brunsdale accepted ownership of the Soil Conservation Service Nursery at Fort Lincoln on this date in 1956. Previously, the tree nursery belonged to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the supervision of the Northern Great Plains Field Station in Mandan.   Early pioneers on the prairie had to “prove up” – or improve [...]

  • Lemke Enters Presidential Race

    William Lemke, Fargo attorney and North Dakota congressman, announced that he would be entering the race for the United States presidency on this date in 1936. The news was announced in an evening radio address, and shocked even Lemke’s wife. “The news that she might someday be First Lady came as a complete surprise to [...]

  • The Morton County Cloudburst

    On this date in 1927, residents of central North Dakota were recovering from severe summer weather. The previous night, Mandan and surrounding areas were subjected to harsh winds, rain, and hail that wreaked havoc on the land and its farmers. The Fargo Forum ran an article detailing this devastating storm. Across Morton County, crops suffered [...]

  • North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

    Today and tomorrow, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will celebrate its 16th induction ceremony in Medora. Eight inductees will be honored, including well-known North Dakotans like former rancher Leroy “Bud” Perry of Mountrail County, cowboy poet Bill Lowman of Sentinel Butte, rodeo stars Tom Solberg and Lynn Linseth, and Harold Schafer, founder of [...]

  • Pint-Sized Prophet

    On June 17, 1921, a terrible flashflood struck the badlands near Medora, North Dakota. Three section men working for the railroad had been out checking the rail line when the storm struck, and they did not return home. For three days, search parties attempted to locate the missing men. On June 22 authorities in Dickinson [...]

  • Picnic Poisoning

    In June 1931, the Ladies Aid Society of the Zion Evangelical Church held a luncheon near Edgeley, North Dakota. Dozens of people travelled to the Mast family farm for the event, about fifteen miles north of the city. Attendees feasted on a variety of picnic foods, including pressed chicken sandwiches. Unfortunately, about thirty of the [...]

  • Robert “Bob” Sand

    Long-time Killdeer Mountains Round-up Rodeo supporter, Robert “Bob” Sand, died on tomorrow’s date three years ago. Bob was active with the rodeo in many capacities over the years, and he and his wife, Edna, served as Grand Marshals for the 2008 rodeo.   Bob Sand was born on June 6, 1919, in a homestead shack [...]