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  • Festive Farewells

    In 1916, after paramilitary forces led by Mexican General Francisco “Pancho” Villa began raiding U.S. border towns, President Wilson ordered U.S. General John Pershing to capture the Mexican leader. From March until June, Pershing’s attempts failed, and Villa’s men continued to raid U.S. ranches and towns. As hopes for a resolution faded, Pershing ordered guardsmen [...]

  • Counting Sheep

    While sheep probably aren’t uppermost in our minds when we think of North Dakota, they aren’t exactly divorced from our state, either. In the past, sheep and other livestock were a way to the future. In an agricultural state like North Dakota, that sort of way to the future was important.   On this day [...]

  • Rancher Honored

    On this date in 1980, the family and friends of Archie Campbell were mourning his June 26 death. He was born to Alexander and Maude Campbell on July 13, 1897, on a farm west of Harvey.   After his mother died when he was just eight years of age, Archie was sent to live with [...]

  • Red River Valley Farms Resettlement Administration

    When the New Deal began in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt experimented with social planning and with programs to move people out of drought areas. The main program, the Resettlement Administration, created 160 new communities in the U.S. for those whose livelihoods had been crushed by the Depression. On this date in 1936, New Deal [...]

  • Turtle Mountain Horse Culture

    People in the Turtle Mountains have been racing horses for decades. Many still talk about the informal tracks in the hills, and some families have been participating in the sport for generations.   The home-grown horse racing, called bush meets, provided weekend entertainment after a hard week’s work on Turtle Mountain ranches. Jim Davis, of [...]

  • Closing of Gemorrah

    When North Dakota became a state in 1889, it entered the Union as a dry state, making alcohol illegal. This, of course, was no problem for residents of border towns, who simply made their way across the state line to imbibe. Moorhead, Minnesota, became one such wet haven. With a population of less than 5,000 [...]

  • Unconstitutional Officers

    Beginning on this date in 1961, North Dakota would no longer have Justices of the Peace to administer local justice across the state. The State Legislature, in an attempt to reform the state’s judicial system, abolished the office in 1959, replacing it with a system of county courts and judges. The office of Justice of [...]

  • Freight Line Fugitive

    Sheriffs and deputies from Fargo and Moorhead launched a large-scale manhunt on this date in 1923, after a robbery suspect killed a South Dakota sheriff and escaped near Moorhead. The suspect, Edwin Rust, was wanted on robbery charges in Brown County, South Dakota, and was being transported to Aberdeen by Sheriff Isaac Fulker. Captured in [...]

  • Marie Tyler

    On this date in 1908, Joseph and Estelle Cordner were busy celebrating the birth of their daughter Marie just two days before. Born on the family farm near Moffit, Marie later moved to Bismarck, graduating from Bismarck High School in 1926. In 1938, she married James Tyler in Poplar, Montana.   Marie and James operated [...]

  • 103rd

      The city of Mandan celebrated its first Fourth of July on this date in 1879, marking the nation’s 103rd birthday. Often over-shadowed by its larger neighbor, Mandan residents decided to steal some of Bismarck’s thunder, quite literally, by stealing the city’s cannon the night before the celebrations. Bismarck’s Captain Emmons was responsible for guarding [...]

  • The Wreck of the Montana

    Steamboat pilots on the Missouri River watched the horizon with great concern on June 30, 1879. Dark storm clouds were gathering, and by afternoon the rain had nearly reached the river near Bismarck.   The steamboat Rose Bud headed to Fort Berthold to wait out the storm. The Helena also steamed upriver in hopes of [...]

  • Bob Rindt

    Bob Rindt was born in early July of 1910. He graduated from Drake High School and become a school administrator, but he was also a rodeo entertainer.   At 17 he rode 40 miles to Towner where he won $15 saddle-bronc riding at his first rodeo. He became a rodeo producer and a performer – [...]

  • Spurned Advances

    Mandan reported a shooting incident worthy of a modern-day soap opera on this date in 1923. Fred Massingham, a happily married rancher and father from Morton County, was arrested on July 6th for shooting at Mr. Leroy Till in broad daylight in downtown Mandan. Apparently Mr. Till had made unwanted advances upon Mrs. Massingham. Massingham [...]

  • Planting Fish in North Dakota’s Lakes

    When anglers think about fishing in North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake come to mind. These lakes offer world-class walleye fishing, but there are plenty of northern pike, perch and sunfish abounding in lakes and rivers across the state. The fishing waters of North Dakota are managed by the State Game and Fish Department, [...]

  • Billy Budge

    One of the earliest Red River Valley settlers was also one of North Dakota’s most interesting and little-known characters. William Budge left the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland and immigrated to Canada to work for the Hudson Bay Company in the spring of 1869 with his three older brothers. Only sixteen, Budge was sent to [...]

  • Sturgeon Fishing in the Red River

    There was a time in North Dakota when giant sturgeon swam the waters of the Red River. These were ‘lake sturgeon,’ which could grow to be six feet long and over 99 pounds, with a typical maximum life span of 55 years for males and more than 100 years for females. Sturgeons were renowned for [...]

  • Minutemen Missiles

    Whoever said there’s nothing to do in North Dakota?   On this day in 1965, over two thousand people had plenty to do. It must have seemed funny to have such a large crowd out visiting the little site about five miles outside of Michigan, North Dakota. The object of the many visitors was even [...]

  • Devils Lake Sanitary Lagoon

    In 1955, the City Commission of Devils Lake authorized construction of the sanitary lagoon system. Although lagoon systems were somewhat of a new procedure at that time, the old system of transporting sewage and rain water runoff in open ditches was both unsanitary and a real concern in the transmission of diseases. It also was [...]

  • Ice Cream Deceit

    In 1922, Mr. R. O. Baird of the North Dakota Food Commission became concerned over the addition of dyes to ice cream. Many manufacturers of the day added colorings to make ice cream bright white. Baird served as the assistant commissioner to Professor Ladd of the Agricultural College in Fargo; today, the state’s food commission [...]

  • Knutson’s Oxen

    Early settlers to Dakota Territory often traveled together in large wagon trains. These trains not only provided protection from attack, but ensured help from the other travelers. One such wagon train of Norwegian immigrants left Austin, Minnesota on May 15, 1873, bound for Dakota. Just before setting out, one of the immigrants, John Knutson, purchased [...]