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  • Flooding of the Heart

    In 1935, the Heart River left its banks, turning Mandan into a raging flood area. On this date, one resident of the city was caught when the water overtook his home.  Unable to escape, and unable to attract the attention of nearby rescue teams, Alfred Willis had to save himself. So, at age 75, Alfred […]

  • Dr. Neal Barnard

    Over 32,000 North Dakotans have some type of diabetes – that’s an estimate from the North Dakota Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Type 2 Diabetes is preventable, or controllable, by a healthy diet and exercise program. North Dakota born Dr. Neal Barnard is doing just that. Neal Barnard was born in Fargo on this day […]

  • Mercury Lynx

    In the summer of 1981, Hollywood descended upon the Bob Iwen farm in rural Cass County. Located three and a half miles north of Arthur, the farm was deemed the “perfect location” for filming an automobile commercial. The Ford Mercury Corporation chose Bob Iwen’s farm simply for its wheat fields. To the “Hollywood Eye,” the […]

  • Weather

    The thirties were dirty, dusty, and dry, but it seemed like no year compared to 1936.  The 1936 winter was bone-chilling across the US.  In North Dakota, the town of Parshall experienced an all-time state record low of -60 on February 16.  And when winter gave way to summer, there came stifling heat-so much, that […]

  • Zdena Irma Trinka

    “Cowboys, marquises, horse thieves, cattle barons, would-be presidents, bad men and desperadoes.”  These words may bring to mind images of old western films full of gunslingers, boot spurs, and the weathered face of John Wayne.  But in fact, these are the words that author and librarian, Zdena Irma Trinka used to characterize the rich history […]

  • Geraldine Hagen

    “I cook 45 Meals in One Day!” That headline grabbed readers’ attention when opening the July 1957 edition of Capper’s Farmer magazine. Geraldine Hagen – young mother of three and farmer’s wife in Ayr, rural Cass County – was highlighted in the magazine that month for her cooking skills and kitchen organization. Her husband, Murlin […]

  • Ice Cream

    Although North Dakota is better-known for its cold winters, the summer heat can prove to be equally extreme.  One way to beat the heat is to enjoy a cool treat, like ice cream. One man who lived outside the proximity of an ice cream store felt this pull with the onset of summer in 1939.  […]

  • Medal of Honor Memorial

    Two years ago on this date, a crowd gathered at Minot’s Roosevelt Park to dedicate the Medal of Honor Memorial.  Designed by William Reynolds of Washburn, ND, it stands near the statue of Medal of Honor winner, Theodore Roosevelt.  The memorial honors the nineteen North Dakota veterans from the Spanish-American War to Vietnam who received […]

  • Hazel Onerheim – Part 2

    As we heard on the Wednesday, July 1st issue of “Dakota Datebook,” the following story about Hazel Onerheim is taken from her personal notes and diaries that she kept until her death at age 99. We pick up on Hazel’s story in 1907, just after her father dies in Montana of typhoid fever. Hazel’s story […]

  • Northern Pacific Railroad Act

    The Northern Pacific’s struggle to finance and complete the nation’s second transcontinental railroad is a familiar story to most North Dakotans.  Less familiar was the equaling daunting task of securing a charter from the federal government to build that line. Proposals to construct a railroad spanning the northern reaches of the United States had been […]

  • Hazel Onerheim – Part 1

    On July 1st of 1901, Hazel Josephine Onerheim was born near St. John, North Dakota. The following story is taken from Hazel’s personal notes and diaries, which she dutifully kept until her death at age 99. In her own words, Hazel writes,” About the first I remember is my father sitting in our log cabin, […]

  • Missing Priest

    Parishioners at the Powers Lake Catholic Church were bewildered this week in 1970 regarding the whereabouts of their pastor.  Church members waited in vain for the Reverend Frederic Nelson to arrive for Sunday’s Mass.  By noon, the worshippers gave up on the service and began to file out of the church. Some went to the […]

  • Parking Meter Ban

    On this date in 1948, the people of North Dakota prepared to vote in a primary.  On the ballot appeared an unusual measure that proposed to ban parking meters.  Surprisingly, the war over parking meters began with a plot for revenge.  Howard Henry, a farmer from Westhope, North Dakota was tired of being branded, in […]

  • Bob Hope

    Performers have long been lifting morale and entertaining the troops.  For some, like Bob Hope, this was a career-long process.  Called “America’s No. 1 Soldier in Greasepaint,” Hope remained dedicated to the troops in both war and peace. One young army captain from Fargo, “Ronnie” Severson, saw Hope perform during a War Bond show.  Severson […]

  • Raining Bricks

    On this date in 1970, the North Dakota State Historical Society Board sent out a warning to tourists and bystanders:  Chicken Little was right – the sky was falling.  At least, that’s what seemed to be happening around the 80-foot chimney at the Marquis de Mores’ historic site in Medora. Bricks at the top of […]

  • Policeman Sneesby Shot

    On this day in 1924, night policeman C.R. Sneesby of the Devils Lake Police Department died from a gunshot wound to the head.  While patrolling outside the local post office the night before, Sneesby encountered a gang of four men who had broken into the basement of the post office using a crow bar.  Panicking, […]

  • Memorial Day Sports Ban

    North Dakota’s Blue Laws are infamous for not only their strict provisions as compared to other states, but also for their long duration.  Blue Laws, which limit certain events or actions on days of observance, most often Sundays, have been a part of American history since its founding, and were even enacted in the original […]

  • Camp Atchison

    A few days ago we heard of McPhail’s Butte Overlook from which Colonel Samuel McPhail launched a crucial cavalry charge during the Battle of Big Mound.  That 1863 battle was but one part of the campaign against a number of Mdewakanton and Wahpekute Dakota who were responsible for a series of raids against Minnesota settlements […]

  • Clyfford Still

    North Dakota native Clyfford Still passed away on this day in 1980.  Although little known amongst North Dakotans, Still’s impact on the American art world was monumental, and he has been described by legendary art critic Clement Greenberg as “one of the most original and important painters of our time . . . more original […]

  • McPhail’s Butte Overlook

    It was this date, June 22, 1923 that the State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired a small patch of land centered on a lonely hill some seven miles north of Tappen, North Dakota.  While the hilltop affords a nice view of the surrounding countryside, there is nothing of obvious historical significance; no fort, no […]