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  • An Unfamiliar Name

    Norman Brunsdale is not what you would call a household name, but even though he’s not one North Dakota’s better known historical figures, he did indeed leave his mark. Brunsdale was born in Sherbrooke, North Dakota on this date in 1891.  In 1913, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  He moved back to […]

  • Cavalier County Rising

    On this date in 1884, Cavalier County began to take shape. Three energetic locals petitioned the governor of Dakota Territory for permission to organize Cavalier County. Sixteen days later, the county officials were decided – positions from sheriff to superintendent of schools. Cavalier County had been created in 1873 out of western Pembina County in […]

  • Tyrannosaurus 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 […]

  • World War I Pilot Jerry Myron Bacon

    Airplanes, invented by the Wright Brothers in 1903, were considered novelties as World War I began in 1914, but they rapidly became deadly combat weapons. Airplanes were initially used for reconnaissance, and pilots from both sides respected each other as fellow “knights of the air,” flying chivalrously above the killing fields.  But as their countrymen […]

  • Mother’s Pension Assistance

    The problem of caring for the downtrodden poor has plagued civic government in North Dakota since territorial days. The essential question was how to care for widows, orphans and elderly persons in poverty who had no family members to properly provide for them. In the time of the Progressive Era, 1900-1917, state governments developed a […]

  • Stone Sentinel

    Herman Fjelde came to North Dakota from Norway.  He practiced medicine for more than 21 years.  But he is better known for his cultural efforts than his medical career.  Fjelde did not want Norwegian immigrants to forget where they came from.  He was the driving force behind many of the sculptures in Fargo, including the […]

  • Garrison Dam Heartbreak

    /media/dakotadatebook/2015/jul/01.mp3 A heartbreaking deadline arrived on this date in 1953. Residents in towns along the Garrison Reservoir were required to evacuate by July 1 as the reservoir’s rising waters swallowed up surrounding land. The effects of the rising reservoir were devastating. Over 150,000 acres of river bottomland were lost, and towns such as Independence, Charging […]

  • Works Progress Administration

    When Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed office in 1933, more than 13 million Americans were out of work. But North Dakota was arguably the hardest hit of the 48 states. From 1929 to 1938 North Dakota received less than 20 inches of rain per year, well below average.   The depression was severe, but it would […]

  • Dewey Dorman

    On this date in 1911, Minot was planning for a spectacular Fourth of July, with fireworks, free vaudeville acts, a baseball game, a grand mask carnival on Main Street, a “sham battle” between Company D of Minot and Company E of Williston, and more.   One of the most talked-about attractions was an exhibition by […]

  • Sponge Iron

    Sometimes the best ideas never come to fruition, and sometimes really dumb ideas gain wide popularity.  This story tells only of a great idea. In 1943, when World War II was raging and the U.S. used massive quantities of steel to help win the war, a wonderful and logical idea percolated in North Dakota and […]

  • Turning to Talkies

    When Al Jolson’s voice soared through theaters in “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, and movies began their transition from silence to “talkies,” the theater-going experience changed forever.   The technological advancements behind a talking picture would have seemed quite avant garde at the time. The continued advancements in film and other industries resulted created quite […]

  • Moving Robe Woman

    On this date 129 years ago, Custer and the 7th Cavalry were one day away from their fate at the Little Big Horn River. Among the warriors who fought the following day was Tashna Mani or Moving Robe Woman. The following is an abridged version of her account of what happened: “Several of us young […]

  • Grimm Alfalfa

    Wendelin Grimm emigrated from Germany in 1857, and he settled on a farm in Carver County, Minnesota.  It was impossible to imagine then the important impact he would have on American agriculture.  That impact began with a prized possession he brought with him to America – a bag of seed for a hardy strain of […]

  • John Elgin Elsberry

    John Elgin Elsberry was an early dairy pioneer who lived in the Minot area for many years. He and his wife had moved to North Dakota in 1901; they came from Missouri, with two daughters. A son was born during their first winter in the state.   Elsberry was a businessman. He eventually owned and […]

  • Charles Glidden

    In 1904, Charles J. Glidden, a retired, wealthy telephone businessman and automobile enthusiast, took part in an automobile run from New York to St. Louis, sponsored by the American Automobile Association. Wishing such tours to become an annual event, Glidden donated a $2,000 silver trophy. In doing so, he became a part of automobile history. […]

  • Senator Gerald P. Nye

    North Dakota has become a leading energy state in recent years because of Bakken petroleum, however, lignite coal has long been a vital resource for the state. Lignite is mainly used for making electricity, but it can also be used for heating and cooking. At Beulah, lignite has been converted into natural gas at the […]

  • The War Isn’t Over Yet

    World War II ended in Europe with the surrender of Germany in May, 1945.  By June of that year, it was clear that Japan could not hold out much longer.  U.S. vice admiral Daniel Barbey hinted that an invasion of Japan would not wait until the end of the typhoon season.  He said, “It will […]

  • Fortunate Revival

    A Minto, North Dakota boy experienced a very close call on this day in 1908.  The five-year-old boy, Dominick Ronkowski, was fished from the family’s cistern after being submersed for over five minutes.  Miraculously, the boy was revived by a doctor and emerged unharmed from the incident.  It all began when Mrs. Ronkowski sent her […]

  • Where Valor Sleeps

    Arlington National Cemetery is considered America’s most hallowed ground.  It is located on land that was once belonged to George Custis, adopted son of George Washington.  Custis built a house where he kept many of Washington’s prized possessions.  He left the property to his daughter.  When she married a promising young West Point graduate named […]

  • 188th Field Artillery

    The 188th Field Artillery Regiment was organized in Valley City in 1940.  It was soon split into two groups: the 188th Field Artillery Battalion and the 957th Field Artillery Battalion. On June 11 and 13, 1944, both units entered Normandy, France as part of the D-Day offensive that began a week earlier. When the war […]