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  • Garrison Diversion

    For North Dakota there were a lot of dreams depending upon the Missouri River Diversion. As far back as 1890 there was talk of diverting water from the Mouse River or the Missouri River into Devils Lake to raise the level of the lake for the purpose of allowing for the steamboats on the lake […]

  • National Interstate and Defense Highway

    In the summer of 1919 the US Army sent across the vast American continent a motorized convoy to test the Army’s ability to mobilize forces in case of an attack on American soil. The convoy consisted of 282 Army personnel and 81 motorized vehicles including cargo trucks, observation cars, motorcycles, kitchen trailers and a caterpillar […]

  • Jens Dixen House

    Shortly after moving to North Dakota in 1901, Danish immigrant Jens Dixen gained an international reputation as a prolific evangelist, missions worker and teacher. Among the many positions he held while living in North Dakota was a short term as president of Brorson Folk School near Kenmare. While serving at the school, he moved into […]

  • Tallest Man

    On this day in 1904, in Silva, North Dakota, Clifford Thompson was born. Although a normal size at birth, in 1940 Clifford became known the world’s tallest living man. In 1911 the Thompson family moved from North Dakota to Wisconsin where Thompson finished high school and teacher’s college. Once graduated, prejudice against his height made […]

  • Galvanized Yankees

    By 1863, as Civil War casualties mounted, the Union faced a seemingly endless struggle to find new recruits. Caught between draft riots in the North and an increasing demand for more troops, President Abraham Lincoln approved a plan in early 1864 to seek volunteers from among Confederate prisoners of war. By summer, nearly 1,800 Confederate […]

  • News from Home

    It’s not a surprise that “the media,” a blanket term we use to describe that large information network and consisting of so many mediums, is rarely looked upon as a blessing. Yet North Dakota’s history holds these sources of information, and especially newspapers, in spots of honor. Rife with the ongoing troubles and tribulations of […]

  • Boys Town Concert

    In May of 1948, Edward J. Flanagan, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, died. Maybe you’ve heard his name; maybe you haven’t. He was, however, a man who lived by his work. In 1917, Father Flanagan founded a Home for Homeless Boys in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1921, because of inadequate facilities, he established Boys […]

  • Learning

    Students in North Dakota have, throughout decades past, been subject to the changing of seasons in an agricultural state. Different farm-related chores sometimes took precedent over the classroom. You, dear listener, may have a parent or grandparent who was finished with school by the time they were twelve or fourteen. And it didn’t just happen […]

  • McKinley’s Speech

    “September 25 was an eventful day for the N. D. volunteers,” recalled John Kinne, “we were mustered out for the last time….We bought our railroad tickets home, paid our debts…bid farewell to camp and left for the city, free men.” The year was 1899. Sixteen months earlier, over 500 officers and men of the 1st […]

  • Sgt. Jack J. Pendleton

    Born in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota, Staff Sergeant Jack Pendleton was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Bardenberg, Germany on this day in 1944. Sacrificing his own life, Pendleton deliberately diverted the attention of an enemy machine gunner, enabling the entire company to advance and complete their mission. In his honor, a World […]

  • James McPherson

    In 1988, historian James McPherson helped launch a renewed interest in the Civil War with his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Born in Valley City, North Dakota on this day in 1936, James McPherson moved to Baltimore, Maryland to complete his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University. There […]

  • Dakota Conflict

    Bands of Minnesota Sioux had joined the western Sioux bands or had gone to Devils Lake in late 1862. The Sibley Expedition left Fort Snelling in the summer of 1863 and traveled across the central part of the area, engaging in battles at Big Mound, Dead Buffalo Lake, Stoney Lake and a number of running […]

  • 1862 Sioux War

    There were few men from Northern Dakota Territory who saw service in the Union and Confederate battles of the Civil War but the years from 1862 to 1864 constituted a significant military presence on the plains of Dakota. On the 18th of August, 1862 hostilities broke out at the Upper Sioux Agency on the Yellow […]

  • Civil War Nurse

    October of 1862 brought the 12th Michigan Infantry to the battle fields of the South. Joseph Tooley had left behind his young wife, Sarah, and three-week-old son to fight for the Stars and Stripes. Later, Sarah received a letter stating that Joseph was being hospitalized at the Arkansas/Texas border. Sarah knew that she must find […]

  • Dakota Datebook

    Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

  • Blue/Gray

    The summers of 1863 through 1865 were times of significant change on the plains of Northern Dakota Territory. The Sibley/Sully Campaigns of 1863 pushed the Indians westward across the Missouri River, and the subsequent campaigns of 1864 and 1865, led by General Alfred Sully, basically cemented control of the area for the advancement of the […]

  • Allen Mettler

    The remains of tens of thousands of American POWs and MIAs ranging from World War Two to the Gulf War have yet to be located and identified. Leading the charge to search for these servicemen and women missing in action is the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. Known simply as JPAC, it’s staffed by 400 civilian […]

  • Hazen

    Credit for founding the town of Hazen is linked to two different people. Alexander or “Sandy” Roberts squatted on the location in the fall of 1882 and, two years later, he filed for a post office to be named Hazen. The U.S. government granted his request, and the following year, Hazen went on the map—even […]

  • The Danger of Pretty Eyes

    They say that when life hands you a lemon, you make lemonade. According to the Forum and Daily Republican newspaper, on this day in 1907, young Jurgen Bolum, from Portal, “got a lemon” through a “Foxy Minneapolis girl” he thought was a peach. Instead of making lemonade, though, he was out $26. The pretty girl […]

  • Daughters of the American Revolution

    “Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.” Long has lived the immortal poem Paul Revere’s Ride. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words have been memorized by school children across the country; memorized by reluctant school children perhaps, but remembered all the same. The poem conjures visions of desperation as America […]