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  • Count Berthold von Imhoff

    Count Berthold von Imhoff was born in Mannheim, Germany on this date in 1868. He demonstrated artistic talent early, painting landscapes at the age of seven. By fourteen, he was serving an apprenticeship. He was awarded the Art Academy Award of Berlin for a painting he completed when he was only sixteen. Imhoff immigrated to […]

  • Holger Cahill

    On this day in 1887, Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarsson was born in Skogarstrond, Iceland. For those familiar with the art world, he is far better known as Holger Cahill. Life was not easy for Sveinn and his family. After a move from their native country of Iceland to Western Canada, they later settled in the upper […]

  • Toboggan Craze in Grand Forks

    Wintertime brings cold and ice and snow, but North Dakotans have endured the worst of it, often embracing the best of winter’s weather. One of the best ways to enjoy the frigid air has been sledding, and today’s Datebook chronicles the toboggan craze of 1886, which swept the Northern plains like a swiftly-swirling blizzard. It […]

  • Lynn Frazier for President

    Lynn Frazier is well-known in North Dakota political history, elected as the NPL candidate for governor in 1916 and winning reelection in 1918 and 1920. Early in 1920 there even reports from NPL organizers and newspapers about Frazier running for president. He failed to qualify for his party’s nomination in neighboring South Dakota, but on […]

  • Where the Big Crow Walked Back and Forth

    Life was not easy in the early days of the Dakota Territory.  Settlers had to contend with too much rain or not enough.  They had to deal with heat in the summer and cold in the winter.  And they had to face the constant threat of Indian attacks. Certain names struck fear in the hearts […]

  • Jens Dixon’s School

    Danish settlements were founded across North Dakota, but the largest and best-known were in the northwest portion of the state.  By 1910, this region held one-quarter of all Danes in North Dakota.  Their presence remains highly visible even today.  Names like Denmark Township leave little doubt as to its original occupants, and the Danish windmill […]

  • Epiphany

    January 6 is known by different names.  In France, it is called Three Kings Day.  In England, it is called Twelfth Night, for the twelfth night after Christmas.  It is also known as Epiphany.  The day commemorates the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem, when they delivered gifts to the Christ Child.  Epiphany […]

  • Don’t You Know There’s a War On?

    The first week of 1942 brought news of how the war was going to affect the homefront.  The Japanese controlled the Far East rubber supply, so tires were the first item rationed. The government announced that the rationing would go into effect on this date in 1942. The newly established Office of Price Administration announced […]

  • The Christmas Count

    Every December, the Audubon Society sponsors the Christmas bird count.  It is the longest running volunteer science survey in the world.  The count started in 1900 when ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition: a bird census that would count birds instead of hunting them. The first bird count involved 27 volunteers.  Since then, […]

  • Our Monthly Editors’ Roundtable

    Friday, January 2 – Our year end Editors Roundtable takes a look back at the big stories of the year, and a look ahead to the rest of 2015. We’re joined by news director Dave Thompson and special guests, Tom Gerhardt, news director, KXMB-TV and Jim Olson, news director, KXMC, Minot. ~~~ Dakota Datebook looks […]

  • Re-registering Brands

    It’s New Year’s Day and according to tradition, that means it’s time to make resolutions that you promise to keep. For North Dakota ranchers in 1944, however, it wasn’t resolutions they were worried about keeping on New Year’s Day, but their brands. January 1 marked the last day ranchers could register their brands if they […]

  • Strange SOS

    A strange story was reported out of St. Paul to the Fargo Forum on this date in 1909.  The United States Post Office district headquarters there received a strange and alarming telegram from North Dakota that they hoped to clear up.  The telegram spoke of a murder taking place on the far western prairie, in […]

  • Williamsport

    Every few years it seems another story appears in national headlines announcing the bleak prospects for rural North Dakota.   For example, a 2001 Newsweek article waxed poetically about the inevitable death of Bisbee.  “Even a strong man can stand for only so long,” author Dirk Johnson wrote.   In a more recent National Geographic article, Charles […]

  • Whiskey Forward

    North Dakota entered the United States as a prohibition state. That made it difficult, but not impossible to imbibe. In 1920, when the United States also passed legislation making it illegal to manufacture and sell alcohol, more reports of rum-running and busted stills filled the news. On this date in 1920, almost a full year […]

  • Capitol Window Christmas Tree

    After a fire destroyed North Dakota’s first capitol building on December 28, 1930, a new Capitol was constructed. Completed in 1934, it was a dramatic departure from the style of the old building. Very tall and solitary, the Capitol towered over the burgeoning city of Bismarck, standing 241 feet, 8 inches high. Being built during […]

  • Glad Tidings Mission

    Christmas is a time of giving, and few can be more in need than those homeless and hungry in the harsh reality of a North Dakota winter.  That is as true today as it was one hundred years ago on this date when the Glad Tiding Mission prepared to feed over 45 homeless men on […]

  • Christmas Eve Calamity

    Dr. E. F. Ladd was among the first faculty hired by the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in Fargo.  He was the first Dean of Chemistry.  He became well known throughout the state as a crusader for purity in consumer products.  He analyzed canned goods in his laboratory.  He frequently discovered […]

  • Golden Goose

    Once upon a time a farmer and his wife had a goose that laid one golden egg every day. To hasten their wealth, the farmer and his wife killed the goose to obtain all of the golden eggs at once, but there were no golden eggs inside. So, according to Aesop, to kill and butcher […]

  • Quilting Bees and Quilting Parties

    A quilt is more than a blanket.  A quilt is more than just a bed-cover.  An old quilt has family history inside and beauty and practicality outside. Quilt-making has been traditional in North Dakota since territorial days and continues today through quilt guilds, including the North Star Quilters of Grand Forks; the Minot Prairie Quilters; […]

  • Grandin Brothers Bonanza Farmland Sold

    The Grandin Farm was the biggest Bonanza farm in North Dakota’s history. At 72,000 acres, it was so large that it ran like a factory, with hired workers and managers tackling 1,500-acre subdivisions. Located near Mayville and also near the town of Grandin in Cass County, Grandin Farms began in the aftermath of the terrible […]