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  • Coyote or Collie?

    Since 2010, North Dakota’s coyote population has been on the rise. In 2011, the North Dakota legislature considered a bill to established a one hundred dollar bounty on the animals. The state has a history of offering bounties on the pesky predators, offering the earliest coyote bounty in 1896. However, the efficacy and logic behind [...]

  • The Gable Connection

    The idea that everyone in the world is separated by six degrees or less has been around for a while, although Kevin Bacon helped to popularize it.   On this day in 1948, several North Dakotans remembered and reported their own link to one of the most remembered, influential young actors of the time: They [...]

  • Loren Douglas Hagen

    Even in retrospect, the sad havoc of Vietnam War history often remains unclear. And the story of Loren Douglas Hagen, who died on a bloodied hilltop in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on this date in 1971, was a puzzling mystery at that time. Loren Douglas Hagen, born in Fargo in 1946, was the son of [...]

  • FDR visit

    On this day in 1934, residents of Devils Lake were still talking and enjoying the hype, the charisma and the excitement of seeing a national president—in fact, the first president to visit their city.   On the day before, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife made a small stop in Devils Lake on their way [...]

  • North Dakota Cowbelles

    During tumultuous 1960s, the country was racing against time (and Russia) to make it to the moon. This race into space was far removed for many of the earth’s populations. After all, what is a spaceship when compared to a plow?   Lt. Col. John Glenn, Jr. piloted the “Friendship 7,” a Mercury-Atlas 6 Spacecraft, [...]

  • Stole Car And Kids

    A shady fellow found an unattended car on this date in 1925 and took it for a joy ride. Unfortunately, the car thief hadn’t noticed the two passengers in back. The sons of the car’s owner had been sleeping under a tarp, and the two boys were understandably startled to find themselves driving down the [...]

  • Esperanto in North Dakota

    Esperanto was created in the 1870s as a universal language designed to help international communication. On this date in 1910, the Turtle Mountain Star reported a colony of Esperanto speakers had taken root in rural Stutsman County.   Frank Frankgeld had just moved his family into the area, and everyone in his home spoke Esperanto [...]

  • James LeRoy Iverson

    James LeRoy Iverson, North Dakota’s longest serving inmate, was released from the Bismarck Penitentiary on this date in 2009. At seventy, Iverson had spent more than forty years behind the penitentiary’s walls for killing two Grand Forks women in 1968. His release made national headlines, highlighting the growing number of elderly inmates within America’s prisons. [...]

  • Ethel Roosevelt Derby’s Trip

    The Dakota Badlands played an important role in Theodore Roosevelt’s life. He often said he never would have been President had it not been for his experiences in Dakota Territory. But what may be surprising is the immense role the Dakota Badlands also played in the lives of Roosevelt’s children. None of Roosevelt’s six children [...]

  • Mike Chumack Trial

    In the spring of 1917, Stark County residents were shocked by a double-homicide that took place near Gladstone, North Dakota. The sensational murders occurred only days after the culmination of another fantastic case, and both involved the same man, a wealthy rancher named James Caldwell. The earlier case involved the identification of a mysterious man [...]

  • Ernest Steinbrueck

    The State Historical Society of North Dakota was a fledgling organization in 1905. Although its roots went back to Statehood in 1889, the effort to save significant sites and artifacts was ill-defined and ill financed. Several previous attempts to establish a statewide historical society, including one in 1895, had failed to gain public support, even [...]

  • Strontium-90 Found in Cow’s Milk in North Dakota

    In 1957, Dr. Albert Schweitzer warned the world about the dangers of nuclear fallout from atomic-bomb testing. The humanitarian told of “radioactive particles” that “remained in the air” after nuclear-weapon explosions. Schweitzer said radioactive fallout drifted down to earth, “brought down by rain, snow, mist and dew little by little,” and got into the human [...]

  • Extradition Pending

    While the governor’s away, criminals will not go free – a lesson George Nelson learned on this date in 1918. The previous year, Nelson eloped with a married woman from Duluth. They lived under aliases in Hibbing, but when a grand jury in Duluth issued indictments for their arrest, Nelson high-tailed it to Devils Lake. [...]

  • Fort Rice Band

    In July of 1864, Fort Rice was established on the Missouri River, about thirty miles south of present-day Mandan. Built of log huts with sod roofs and located 85 miles from the nearest post office, most soldiers considered it an undesirable post. Six years later, however, the fort had been rebuilt to include two-story houses [...]

  • Standing Rock Opened

    William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, took office in January of 1909. He rode into the White House on a wave of popular support, and became known for his agenda on domestic reform, hoping to improve civil service practices, as well as the postal service. However, soon into his presidency, he gained [...]

  • Bismarck Business College

    Today, North Dakota students looking for a career in business have several options. Colleges and technical schools offering business, accounting, and office management degrees can be found in all of the state’s major cities, plus there’s the plethora of online options that can be accessed from anywhere. In the early 1900s, however, demand was high [...]

  • Bootleg Alcohol and Moonshine Near Minot

    During Prohibition, some North Dakotans illegally produced and transported liquor for the consumption of the masses. From 1920 to 1933, bootleggers smuggled whisky from Canada across the border and into North Dakota to be transported to Minnesota in their “whisky-sixes” –powerful six-cylinder cars. Breaking the Prohibition laws was said to be a “thrilling North Dakota [...]

  • Later Immigrants

    Although most North Dakotans today are well aware of the role played by Scandinavian and even German settlers in the state’s early history, few people are familiar with later ethnic immigrations, especially those at the turn of the 19th century. Between 1890 and 1910, immigration to the Great Plains changed dramatically, as changing political and [...]

  • Skirmish at Palmer Springs

    Six soldiers of the 31st Infantry and two civil scouts stopped at a spring in southwest Benson County today in 1868 while escorting a mail wagon from Fort Totten to Fort Stevenson. While the soldiers made their noon camp, one of the civil scouts, Frank Palmer, was about to lead his horse to the spring. [...]

  • Terrifying Target Practice

    A terrifying ordeal for Litchville residents was reported by The Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1948. Several of the town’s young boys had been engaged in a favorite pastime … shooting pigeons in the grain elevator, something usually considered helpful. But the fourth-graders decided it would be much more exciting to shoot at considerably [...]