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  • Getting a Car

    People who bought automobiles in the early years were in for a bigger experience than they bargained for. Each car came with a set of tools, but if the owner couldn’t figure out how to use them, there was no mechanic to help him out; the closest thing was the town blacksmith. The first cars […]

  • Mary Jane

    It was announced around this date in 1967 that certain citizens of Bismarck were embracing a newly arrived guest to the Capitol city.  This famous guest was known by many names:  Mary Jane, grass, weed, hemp, pot … all referring to marijuana. Highly contested then, as it is now, the appearance of pot caused an […]

  • Where is Pembina?

    In 1816, Congress passed a law that stated, “Licenses to trade with the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States shall not be granted to any but citizens of the United States unless by express direction of the President.” The law didn’t apply to the traders in the north and eastern sections of […]

  • Otto Von Bismarck

    Many cities and towns of North Dakota have been named after celebrated figures that once inhabited the wild plains of the state.  Yet oddly enough, North Dakota’s own capitol bears the name of a European man who never once set foot in America’s western frontier:  Prince Otto von Bismarck.  You may wonder why the city […]

  • A Finnish Native American

    The great Sioux leader Sitting Bull is a legendary figure in American history remembered for his powerful leadership and his fateful battle with Custer.  While Sitting Bull’s name is etched into the American memory, his legacy reaches far beyond the Great Plains, even into the snowy regions of Finland where one man was so awed […]

  • Peggy Lee Salutes ND

    Peggy Lee, born Norma Egstrom in Jamestown in 1920, rose to stardom through her trademark sultry, husky voice.  However, Lee was more than a voice, and she soon became known for her songwriting, as well. She and husband David Barbour composed many songs together.  On this date in 1948, they performed one of their tunes-a […]

  • Drinking Water

    On this date in 1894, the Grand Forks City Council approved the purchase of a half block of land to create the city’s first water filtration plant – the first in North Dakota. For two years, the city had been experiencing an epidemic of typhoid fever; 10% of the population had contracted the disease, and […]

  • North Dakota at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933

    During the economically difficult times of the Great Depression, the city of Chicago ambitiously staged the Century of Progress Exhibition in 1933 to celebrate the city’s centennial.  The exhibition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, was dedicated to honoring progress through science.  With nearly 50 buildings and many more attractions, the Chicago World’s Fair […]

  • William Gass, Philosopher/Writer

    Today is the birthday of William Gass, a writer and philosopher born in Fargo in 1924. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell in 1954 and is one of today’s most critically acclaimed authors of fiction and criticism. Each year, hundreds of book reviewers in the National Book Critics Circle vote for what they […]

  • Anthony England, Astronaut/Scientist

    It was on this date in 1985 that astronaut-scientist Anthony England finally reached outer space. He was part of a 7-man crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger, which orbited the planet 126 times in 7.94 days. Just six minutes after the shuttle was launched, one of Challenger’s three main engines shut down. It was too […]

  • Battle of the Killdeer Mountains

    The Battle of the Killdeer Mountains took place on this date in 1864. During the 1850s, treaties with Minnesota Indians promised them food, clothing, land, money and farming tools, but these rations weren’t delivered. The People were starving, and a number of events flared into the 1862 Minnesota Uprising, which left hundreds of whites dead. […]

  • Plastic Eyes

    What would a dentist serving overseas likely do during wartime?  If your answer involves teeth extractions, peddling toothpaste or flossing, you may be surprised. Col. W. E. Cole was a dentist in Bismarck who went to serve his country during World War II.  On this date in 1945, he was working in the 218th General […]

  • Owl Accident

    With the recent sighting of a family of owls at the State Historical Society in Bismarck, the city has been slightly owl-crazy.  However, the wise old birds have been seen in North Dakota for many years.  One sighting resulted in a strange incident, occurring on this date in 1923. Walter Monson, a local farmer near […]

  • Gilbert Pierce the Author

    Politicians often enter public service with a background in business, law or journalism.  But Dakota’s eighth territorial governor brought a unique set of skills to the political table.  Although trained as a lawyer, Gilbert A. Pierce was also a widely-acclaimed author of fiction. While serving as editor for the Chicago Inter Ocean newspaper, Pierce wrote […]

  • Battle of Big Mound

    If you’ve been listening in lately, you’ll likely recall the hard days of travel General Henry H. Sibley and his army put in throughout the summer of 1863 as they pursued the Dakota warriors, also traveling hard, believed to have been responsible for the raids in Minnesota a year earlier.  For over a month, Sibley’s […]

  • Shinano

    The 1942 Battle of Midway was a turning point in the war in the Pacific.  The Japanese fleet had suffered a crushing blow, but they still had an ace up their sleeve: the secret aircraft carrier, Shinano. When construction of the Shinano began in 1940, she was intended to be a super battleship.   But the […]

  • Camp Kimball

    Today we return once again to the Sibley Expedition as the General and his army marched through Dakota Territory during the hot and dry summer of 1863.  Sibley’s forces were but one part of a grand scheme laid out by the United States military to retaliate against the American Indians responsible for the raids and […]

  • Early Timmer

    On this day in 1910, the pioneer town of Timmer established a post office. Located along the Northern Pacific railroad about twelve miles southeast of Flasher, the town was named after C. L. Timmerman, who was a Mandan banker, rancher and merchant originally from the town of Sims. When the Northern Pacific railroad line came […]

  • Upper Missouri Historical Expedition

    Great Northern Railway president Ralph Budd loved history.  So, when he needed to enhance the profitability of the railroad in the early 1920s, he combined his personal and professional interests to come up with a winning plan: the Upper Missouri Historical Expedition. This idea grew out of a cartoon that appeared in Life magazine.  One […]

  • Portrait of an Expedition

    Camped on the outskirts of the Black Hills, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry prepared to enter unrecorded country on this day in 1874.  Over the next 27 days, the 1,000-man military expedition from Fort Abraham Lincoln documented their findings. Diaries, reports and newspaper dispatches provided vivid details of events, terrain, wildlife, […]