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  • Policeman Sneesby Shot

    On this day in 1924, night policeman C.R. Sneesby of the Devils Lake Police Department died from a gunshot wound to the head.  While patrolling outside the local post office the night before, Sneesby encountered a gang of four men who had broken into the basement of the post office using a crow bar.  Panicking, […]

  • Memorial Day Sports Ban

    North Dakota’s Blue Laws are infamous for not only their strict provisions as compared to other states, but also for their long duration.  Blue Laws, which limit certain events or actions on days of observance, most often Sundays, have been a part of American history since its founding, and were even enacted in the original […]

  • Camp Atchison

    A few days ago we heard of McPhail’s Butte Overlook from which Colonel Samuel McPhail launched a crucial cavalry charge during the Battle of Big Mound.  That 1863 battle was but one part of the campaign against a number of Mdewakanton and Wahpekute Dakota who were responsible for a series of raids against Minnesota settlements […]

  • Clyfford Still

    North Dakota native Clyfford Still passed away on this day in 1980.  Although little known amongst North Dakotans, Still’s impact on the American art world was monumental, and he has been described by legendary art critic Clement Greenberg as “one of the most original and important painters of our time . . . more original […]

  • McPhail’s Butte Overlook

    It was this date, June 22, 1923 that the State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired a small patch of land centered on a lonely hill some seven miles north of Tappen, North Dakota.  While the hilltop affords a nice view of the surrounding countryside, there is nothing of obvious historical significance; no fort, no […]

  • Bos Custer

    For the Custers, the 7th Cavalry was a family affair.  Five relatives served alongside George Armstrong Custer including his little brother, Boston or “Bos” Custer.  Eager to follow in his brother’s footsteps, Bos enlisted for service as a forage master for the Black Hills Expedition of 1874.  He had the time of his life, even […]

  • Greater Red River Valley Crusade

    Twenty-two years ago this weekend, “America’s Pastor,” the Reverend Billy Graham, arrived in Fargo for the Greater Red River Valley Billy Graham Crusade.  After a year of planning, nearly 66,000 people packed into NDSU’s Dacotah Field over the course of three days, aided by thousands of volunteers. Governor Sinner opened the first evening, joking that […]

  • Tragedy at Fort Clark

    In 1822, the Mandan established a new earth lodge village on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of Chardon and Clark’s Creeks, fifteen miles from present-day Washburn.  Named Mitu’tahokto’s (me-toot-a-hank-tosh) meaning ‘first’ or ‘east’ village, it served as the Mandan’s summer home:  prime real estate for growing corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers and tobacco.  Besides being […]

  • Ballot Box

    After the people west of the newly-formed state of Minnesota twice requested authorization to create a stabilized government, President Buchanan signed an act establishing the Dakota Territory in 1861.  The First Legislature of Dakota Territory was elected in September of that year, and when they met for the first time on March 17, 1862, they […]

  • Fort Ransom

    It was in the late spring of 1867 that General Terry discovered the perfect site from which to protect the overland trail connecting the stream of settlers from Minnesota to Montana.  On a little hillock, named Bear’s Den, which overlooked the Sheyenne River in the southeast corner of present day North Dakota, Terry established Fort […]

  • Brinton Newspaper Law

    On this date in 1919, North Dakota newspapers were quickly dwindling in number.  Almost twenty-nine North Dakota papers had gone out of business or changed ownership since April 1 of that year.  The wave of failing newspapers began as a result of the Brinton Newspaper Law, which was passed in March of 1919 by the […]

  • Dandelion Wars

    On this date in 1946, one E. G. Wanner, known as Cap, was embroiled in vicious battle.  Daily, he marched out to check on the battle, and to make his plans.  For Cap, the battle was “war-strictly personal,” and he was ready to fight for the finish.  Except that this battle was close to home—it […]

  • North Dakotan Dream

    Today is Flag Day, marking the 1777 adoption of the American flag.  That star-spangled banner is symbolic of our unity and our roots.  It hearkens back to a time of immigration and western settlement as people came from the east to seek “opportunity and prosperity.” Reported on this date in 1912, one young man from […]

  • Rest Room

    On this date in 1914, the ladies of the local Woman’s Civic League in New England, ND, were waiting to hear back from their city council as to whether they could establish a special room for the ladies of the country:  a rest room. They asked the council to turn over a part of city […]

  • Egg Production

    In times of shortage during war, for whatever reason, it seems that everyone bonds together.  However, in 1942 on this date, the readers of the Knox Advocate newspaper found that they weren’t the only ones working overtime to send supplies to the troops and preserve resources for the war. Close to the Oscar Stromme farm […]

  • 48th in 58

    In June of 1919, Congress received enough votes to pass the 19th Amendment, and with it, the right for women to vote.  This amendment was ratified in 1920, and that year, the League of Women Voters was borne.  This strictly nonpartisan group has sought over the years to improve systems of government and public policies […]

  • Anniversary of the Emmons County Record

    Today is the 125th anniversary of the Emmons County Record in Linton.  The Record is North Dakota’s third largest weekly newspaper despite the fact that Linton has fewer than thirteen hundred residents.  The paper was founded by Civil War veteran, Darwin Reed Streeter, who moved from Bismarck with a horse-drawn wagon over a prairie trail […]

  • The Murder of Captain Speer

    The animosity between the Irish and English is no secret.   Ireland has long fought against England’s claim to their island, and the violence between the British and radical members of Irish nationalist parties continues to this day.  Thus, it is unsurprising that nineteenth century Irish immigrants brought this age old-struggle with them across the Atlantic. […]

  • Putnam Hall

    Putnam Hall, a university landmark and current home of NDSU’s College of Business Administration, began its academic career in 1903 with a full-fledged letter campaign to philanthropist and steel-magnate, Andrew Carnegie.  School supporters hoped to secure funds for both a library and chapel at the North Dakota Agricultural College, but Carnegie repeatedly refused their requests.  […]

  • First Rail Service in North Dakota

    It was this date in 1872 that the first Northern Pacific steam locomotive chugged across the recently constructed bridge spanning the Red River. North Dakota’s rail network has proven instrumental to the state’s growth. The railroads provided easy transportation for settlers and agricultural goods alike, and were often the impetuous for the development of new […]