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  • Karen Louise Erdrich, Author

    Today is the 50th birthday of Karen Louise Erdrich, one of the most uniquely gifted writers in the country and one of the finest to emerge from North Dakota. She is the oldest of six children. Her German-American father and French-Ojibwe mother taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school in Wahpeton, and her [...]

  • Fargo’s 1893 Fire

    On this day in 1893, a huge portion of Fargo was smoldering after being burned to the ground. At 2:15 the previous afternoon, something took placed behind Herzman’s Dry Goods Store at 512 Front Street – or current-day Main Avenue. According to a Fargo Forum special edition, the fire began when someone from the Little [...]

  • Anson Northrup

    On this date in 1859, Anson Northrup’s steamboat arrived at Fort Garry, in present-day Manitoba, and residents celebrated with both thanksgiving and gunpowder. It was the first time a boat had successfully navigated the Red River, and commerce there would be changed forever. In “The Challenge of the Prairie,” Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “No real progress [...]

  • Convict Confesses to Murder

    About this time in 1949, North Dakotans were learning that a man doing time for forgery in a Michigan prison had confessed to killing two people in North Dakota four years earlier. One of his victims was shot in a beauty salon in Jamestown, and the other was a previously unreported murder of a man [...]

  • Bones in the Basement

    It was reported on this date in 1895 that the town of Forman had “been thrown into a fever of excitement over the finding of a number of human bones and teeth in the cellar of a vacant house…” A man named John C. Birch and his family had last occupied the house. Six years [...]

  • Writing Rock

    In the extreme northwest corner of the state, near Grenora, are two huge granite boulders covered with extraordinary examples of pictographic writing, a form of communication often used by peoples who otherwise had no written language. One recognizable petroglyph is of a Thunderbird, an image that’s been used by Native Americans since the time of [...]

  • Abe Lincoln’s Hat

    One of Abraham Lincoln’s personal bodyguards was Smith Stimmel, who later practiced law in North Dakota. In his book, “Personal Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln,” he wrote that the president’s hat was always dented and messed up. One evening he learned why. As Stimmel accompanied Lincoln’s carriage to his summer home, they met a military officer [...]

  • Flag Day

    Today is Flag Day, a holiday that’s not overly observed but which, nonetheless, has an interesting story. The United States flew its first flag – called the Grand Union – on January 1st, 1776. It had 13 alternating red and white stripes, and in the canton – that’s the box in the upper left hand [...]

  • Phil Jackson, Part 2

    Yesterday, we began the story of Phil Jackson, who was born in 1945 in Deer Lodge, MT, and grew up in Williston. He got his big break as an NBA coach in 1988, during his stint as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls. Soon after, he was named head coach, and led the Bulls to [...]

  • Ft. Union Rendezvous

    Today is the beginning of a four-day Ft. Union historical rendezvous, an annual event celebrating the history of the fur trade, early exploration, and the peaceful relations that existed between Ft. Union traders and the tribes of the Upper Missouri region in the early to mid-1800s. The event will end Sunday, on the anniversary of [...]

  • Nettie Roberts, Survivor

    Women homesteaders who were single or widowed had much to contend with while proving up. In her book, “Land in Her Own Name,” North Dakota author, Elaine Lindgren wrote, “For those who had grown up on their parents’ farms, the skills needed for living on their own claims came as second nature, but young women [...]

  • Padlock Patent

    The oldest known lock was found in the ruins of Khorsabad Palace near Nineveh. It was made of wood and was estimated to be 4,000 years old. Brass and iron padlocks found in Europe and the Far East were popularized by the Romans and the Chinese, who favored their portability. In North Dakota – after [...]

  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Father’s Day

    Teddy Roosevelt was a man who cherished family life, so it was fitting for the State Historical Society of North Dakota to choose Father’s Day 2001 for hosting a family-style barbecue in Roosevelt’s honor at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The event was part of a state tour of Roosevelt’s Medal of Honor, the Nation’s [...]

  • Dorothy Stickney, Actress

    It was on this date in 1896 that Dorothy Hayes Stickney was born in Dickinson. She was the daughter of Victor Hugo Stickney, also known as the “cowboy doctor.” Dorothy was the younger of two children, and before she was even 1, it appeared she was having vision problems. Her parents took her to a [...]

  • Gudmundur Grimson, Part 1

    North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Gudmundur Grimson was born in Iceland in 1878. When he was four, his family of 15 immigrated to Dakota Territory and settled north of Milton, and it was on this date in 1965 that Grimson died. Today we bring you part one of his 3-part story. When Gudmundur was 9, [...]

  • Gudmundur Grimson, Part 2

    Yesterday, we began a 3-part story on Gudmundur Grimson, the attorney for a farm family whose son turned up dead in a forced-labor camp in Florida. In 1921, young Martin Tabert of Munich, North Dakota, had been sentenced to three months in a Florida jail for vagrancy unless he paid a fine of $25. His [...]

  • Gudmunder Grimson, Part 3

    This is part 3 of the story of Cavalier County State’s Attorney Gudmundur Grimson, who in 1922 prosecuted a case involving a Munich boy’s death by flogging in a Florida forced-labor camp. Florida Governor Hardee had personally assured Grimson he would convene a grand jury investigation into 22 year-old Martin Taber’s death, but nothing happened. [...]

  • Little Big Horn Survivor?

    Custer’s Last Stand was on this date in 1876; Native Americans call it the Battle of Greasy Grass. The Chester Fritz Library at UND has a 9-page paper entitled, “Did a Man in Private Life Known as Frank Finkel Escape from the Custer Battle?” The manuscript covers one of many stories of self-proclaimed escapee-survivors, but [...]

  • 100 Years of Gackle and Alfred

    The town of Gackle is celebrating its Centennial this weekend. There used to be a settlement named Hackney about 6 miles south of present-day Gackle where, in 1903, George Elhard, George Gackle, and John Gross of Kulm built a store. They renamed the site Gackle, and Elhard became the postmaster. When the Northern Pacific Railroad [...]

  • Really Old Pollen

    The smallest items owned by the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck are samples of pollen grains that are from 10 to 12 thousand years old. The reconstructed skeleton of an elephant-like Highgate mastodon greets visitors inside the Center’s Museum. While studying it, paleontologist John Hoganson discovered a cavity in a breast bone that still [...]