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  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Laura Ingalls, the author of the popular Little House books, married Almanzo Wilder in Dakota Territory on this day in 1885. The couple was married near present day De Smet, South Dakota. Laura herself had come to Dakota Territory with her family in 1879 after her father was offered a job as a railroad manager. [...]

  • Fred Kist Jr.

    Fred Kist Jr. was born in 1939 of this month to Fred Sr. and Laura (Fallgren) Kist of Mandan. Fred attended Mandan schools, graduating from Mandan High and going on to Dickinson State College.   In high school and at Dickinson State, Fred participated in rodeo. His favorite event was bull riding. Fred won the [...]

  • Sleep-talking Killer

    During the early half of the twentieth century, migrant farm workers often spent the summer traveling north from Oklahoma to North Dakota, participating in the harvest of the nation’s breadbasket as part of the Great Wheat Belt migration. Many of the workers ‘rode the rails,’ traveling illegally between destinations as hobos, by hopping train cars. [...]

  • New Nipponese Wife

    Last May, a small Chinese restaurant in Mandan made headlines after being named one of the top 100 Chinese restaurants in America. Sammy Wu and his family opened the Rice Bowl above the Mandan Library in the late 1990s. Despite the long history and ubiquity of Chinese restaurants in the state, the Rice Bowl was [...]

  • Insane Feign

    In June of 1930, a residence near the small town of Omemee was burglarized. Although now a ghost town, Omemee was once a growing railroad community of over six hundred, “…conveniently situated at the junction of the Great Northern and [Northern] Soo…” railroad lines. Due to the town’s size, criminal matters were often turned over [...]

  • Fort Yates Abandoned

    Fort Yates was established in 1876. For the next twelve years it was considered the major post in the Dakotas because of its placement on the Missouri River and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. With the end of hostility on the Northern Plains and the construction of Fort Lincoln at Bismarck, it had outlived its [...]

  • Gold!

    On July 18, 1875, fifteen men left Bismarck, Dakota Territory, bound for the Black Hills. The men, led by H. N. Ross, were intent on proving the existence of large gold deposits in the hills, which Custer’s expedition had reported the previous year. Even though the Black Hills were granted to the Lakota tribes by [...]

  • Dick Grace

    Surviving a plane crash is considered a miracle for any person, but imagine surviving 47 crashes in your lifetime. This was one of North Dakota pilot Dick Grace’s greatest claims to fame. You might think that any pilot who crashed 47 times was clumsy, but not Dick Grace. Crashing planes was his job.   After [...]

  • Rose Thompson Hovick

    In the late nineteenth century, Wahpeton was a thriving but sleepy little community nestled on the bank of the Red River. Steeped in the morals and traditions of the Norwegian and Bohemian families that settled there, it hardly seems like an insignificant local event would eventually have a major impact on theatrical stages across the [...]

  • Canfields in flight

    Ed and Dorothea Canfield were a husband and wife team famous for their flying careers. Ed started flying in 1921. He lived in the area of Fullerton, North Dakota and took up aviation as a hobby, but eventually flew full-time. In an article he later would write for the National Aeronautic Magazine in the mid-1930s, [...]

  • The Great Train Gunslingers

    Two train agents shot and killed would-be looter Robert Williams aboard an east-bound freight train on this date in 1917; Williams, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, jumped the train at Dilworth. Strongly anti-war, I-W-W members, or ‘Wobblies’ as they became known, engaged in various acts of sabotage against the nation during [...]

  • Minot During Prohibition Days

    Local and federal law enforcement officers had their work cut out for them during the Prohibition Era (1920-1933). The nation was divided over Prohibition; some believed the law could reform all Americans, while others saw nothing wrong with making liquor, selling it or drinking it. Rumrunners and bootleggers and moonshiners abounded. The money involved in [...]

  • North Dakota Rodeo Star

    On this date in 1953 Frank Whitecalfe was all of two days old. He was born to Oscar and Greta Whitecalfe in Garrison, North Dakota. Little did they realized they had a future rodeo star on their hands. Frank attended White Shield School in Garrison, graduating in 1971. He worked on the family ranch while [...]

  • Emmons County Schoolhouse

    The role that education placed in the new territory of Dakota was evident from the beginning when the Organic Act of 1861 stated that Sections 16 and 36 were reserved for “the purpose of being applied to schools”. Although homesteading was not allowed here, there is a common misconception that the schools were located on [...]

  • Cowboys and Dickinson

    In 1871, the spot that would someday become Dickinson started off as a Northern Pacific Railroad survey site. Nine years later, the railroad finally arrived and the site was named Pleasant Valley Siding. The next year, it was renamed for Wells Stoughton Dickinson, a land agent and politician from New York. Dickinson’s brother, Horace, lived [...]

  • Beryl Newman

    “He’s the bravest guy I ever saw,” said a soldier about Lieutenant Beryl Newman. Newman and the Army’s “Red Bull” 34th Infantry Division, fought the Germans at the Anzio beachhead in Italy for 43 days straight before breaking out from the German encirclement. Newman helped lead the way in May, 1944. Newman, with only a [...]

  • First U.S. Peacetime Draft Law Implemented

    On this date in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Service and Training Act. War had been raging in Europe since 1939. The German military machine held much of Europe and was assaulting Great Britain. The draft law came over a year before the U.S. entered the war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in [...]

  • 2010 American Cowboy Museum of the Year

    On this date in 2010, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora was officially recognized as the “American Cowboy Museum of the Year.” The award, presented at the 22nd annual American Cowboy Culture Awards banquet in Lubbock, Texas, put the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in the ranks of other award winners [...]

  • Book Burning in Drake

    …. continuing with school-related themes on this Education Week.   When the janitor of Drake public school tossed a pile of books into the building’s furnace in 1973, he did not do so as a symbolic act or a political statement. The school always burned its waste, and the thirty-two copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse [...]

  • Great Drought

    In 1934, a great drought beat down about the Great Plains region. Intense heat and no rain created an almost unbearable environment.   Leroy Hankel, a farmer from York, Nebraska, remembered the thirties in an interview. He said 1934 was the worst year of the decade, adding: “We just took everything in stride. Just, when [...]