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  • Minot Explosion

    A violent explosion rocked Minot on this day in 1947. People were thrown to the ground as far as two blocks away, and windows were shattered throughout a four-block radius. The explosion occurred shortly before noon at the Westland Oil Company service station and bulk plant. It started with an undetermined detonation of gasoline holding […]

  • Largest Still West of Chicago

    Five prohibition agents raided the ‘largest still west of Chicago’ on this date in 1932. It was on a farm five miles north of Jamestown. Special agents had suspected a still in the Jamestown vicinity since the first of July, when a truckload of corn sugar, the main ingredient of homemade moonshine, was tracked from […]

  • World’s Largest Quilt

    Leona Tennyson, of Antler, died in July 1996. She had been instrumental in creating the world’s largest quilt – spread out it would cover more than one-third acre. The quilt was constructed for North Dakota’s Centennial, held in 1989. “We want the citizens to take part in doing this,” Leona told the Minot Daily News […]

  • Professor Schickele

    In March we brought you the story of how the Fargo Civic Opera got its start. That segment ended with the following paragraph: “By 1951, the symphony had grown to 64 members: 29 college students, 16 teenagers, 9 music teachers, 5 housewives, 3 office workers, and 2 professional musicians. The youngest member was 14 year-old […]

  • USO, Unidentified Sailing Object

    On this date in 1893, J. Morley Wyard reported two strange sightings while crossing Devils Lake on the Minnie H, a small steamer bound for Ft. Totten. The Park River Gazette Witness reported that 12 miles away, Wyard clearly saw the hull of a giant ship – the size of which didn’t exist on Devil’s […]

  • Animals to the Pound

    Folks in Lakota appear to have had an animal problem in the spring and summer of 1902. On April 18th, the Lakota Herald reported: “Some rascal shot P. Jorgenson’s dog, Bruiser, Wednesday eve. Bruiser, contrary to name, never did anyone any harm, and why, except from pure deviltry anyone would shoot him remains a mystery. […]

  • Poker Alice

    Among the more notorious women of western Dakota Territory were Mustache Maude and Calamity Jane. Another was Alice Ivers – or Poker Alice – who was born in 1853. Alice was born and educated in England and then moved with her family to Colorado. There, she eventually married her first love, a mining engineer named […]

  • Late Great Glidden Tour

    When the automobile was first presented to the public, it took some time for it to catch on. Roads were virtually tracks worn in the dirt, and there were no maps of roads used by wagons. Automobiles were unreliable for going more than short distances, and motoring laws pretty much reflected public opinion that automobiles […]

  • Charles C. Talbott

    The 1930s were very hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became more and more frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 […]

  • Fanny Kelly, Prisoner

    On May 17th, 1864, a party of six people began journeying from southeastern Kansas to the promising gold fields of Idaho. Among them was a young bachelor, named Gardner Wakefield, and the Kelly family, which included Josiah, his wife, Fanny, and Fanny’s young niece, Mary, who the couple had adopted. Also with them were two […]

  • Clement Lounsberry

    Clement A. Lounsberry was born in 1843 in DeKalb County, Indiana. Like many people who gained notable success as adults, Lounsberry overcame great hardships during his youth, including being orphaned. Lounsberry was working as a farm laborer when the Civil War broke out, and he soon enlisted with the First Michigan Volunteers. He was wounded […]

  • White Cloud’s Birthday

    White Cloud was born on the Shirek Buffalo Farm near Michigan, ND, 9 years ago today. She’s an extremely rare albino that now lives with a herd of about 30 bison outside the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown. White Cloud had her first calf in 2000. She was named Princess Winona, which means “first-born daughter” […]

  • More on Eric Sevareid

    It’s been exactly 13 years since Velva native Eric Sevareid died. He was a highly regarded news analyst who worked for CBS News from 1939 to 1977. Sevareid started out wanting only to write, to be a reporter. But Edward R. Murrow was impressed by his work. When Murrow offered him the CBS job, Sevareid […]

  • Mustache Maude

    Mustache Maude. . .with a name like that you know there have to be a few stories. And there are. She didn’t start out with that name, of course. Her real name was deceptively soft and feminine: Clara Belle Rose. She was born in July 1873 in Tracy MN. While Clara Belle loved her father, […]

  • T-Rex

    It was about this time in 1905 that H. F. Osborn revealed the discovery of the “Dynamosaurus” or “dynamic lizard.” Now known as the Tyrannosaurus, or T. rex, this nasty carnivore literally surfaced for the first time just across the border in Montana. The discovery was in what’s known as the Hell Creek Formation, which […]

  • 50 Years of Band Camp

    It was during this week in 1956 that the International High School Music Camp began, making this year their 50th anniversary! In fact, the camp has just registered its 110,000th participant. As you may recall from a previous Datebook on Dr. Merton Utgaard, the camp’s founder, the camp had humble beginnings. “The first year, the […]

  • Maharaja’s Divorce

    Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar, 33 year-old prince of Indore, India, had a busy day 62 years ago today; on that day, he divorced his second wife and married another 10 hours later. The Maharaja’s first wife was accidentally killed in Paris in 1937, and overcome with depression, his health deteriorated. He withdrew from society and […]

  • Rodeo in Sanish

    When the waters of Lake Sakakawea are down, the former townsite of Sanish sometimes resurfaces. Back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, Sanish was the place to be for rodeo fans. A group of enthusiasts held a meeting at the Sanish Fire Hall in April 1947, and their brainchild – the Sanish Rodeo – […]

  • A Scotman’s Nose

    Born in Couper of Fife, Scotland, Jim Lees arrived in Jamestown on this date in 1872. Lees, like his contemporary Limpy Jack Clayton, ran a saloon. Soldiers from nearby Ft. Seward were frequent customers in Jamestown saloons. On one occasion, a short Irish soldier named Cochran picked a fight with the much larger Lees. Things […]

  • Newspaper Press

    Samuel J. Albright established the Dakota Democrat at Sioux Falls City on this day in 1859. It was the first newspaper to operate in what would soon become Dakota Territory. The printing press Albright used is believed to have come from Cincinnati in 1836, where John King bought it for printing Iowa’s first newspaper, the […]