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  • Angel of the Prairies

    Anna Shatswell was born in Vienna, Austria, on this date in 1875. She immigrated with her family to New Ulm, MN, when she was 13. Shatswell wanted to pursue a career in nursing, so she studied in San Francisco and practiced in St. Paul before coming to Devils Lake in 1906. There, she was among […]

  • Magic City Beginnings

    Minot was founded in 1886 and, because it expanded so quickly, was quickly dubbed the “Magic City.” It was named for Henry Davis Minot, a director of the Great Northern Railroad. Ironically, Minot died in a train wreck just four years later at the age of 31. Minot was incorporated as a city the year […]

  • Eric Sevareid

    Eric Sevareid was born on this date in 1912 and grew up in Velva, ND. He became legendary for his journalistic essays first on the radio and then on the CBS Evening News. Sevareid was a protégé of Edward R Murrow, and he was condemning Senator McCarthy’s reign of terror long before Murrow took the […]

  • Justice Guy Corliss

    Guy Carlton Haines Corliss, son of Cyrus and Clarinda Corliss – sounds like he was from a house of royalty. But, he wasn’t. Guy Corliss was born on July 4, 1858, in Poughkeepsie, NY. He studied at home, entered high school at age 11 and graduated when he was 15. He couldn’t afford college, so […]

  • Sunrise Ranch Lighthouse

    Seventeen miles southwest of Mandan, nestled in the bottomlands of the Heart River, is a ranch called the Sunrise. It started as a 160-acre homestead, filed in 1883, by a Swedish immigrant named Magnus Nelson. Two years ago, the Nelson Sunrise Ranch was inducted into the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame in the ranching category. […]

  • Floyd Stone, POW/Silver Star

    The Korean War has come to be called America’s Forgotten War for several reasons. Primarily, World War II and Vietnam have overshadowed it, but there was also an element of denial involved. Retired Army Major James T. Cooper of Albuquerque says, “This war was called a ‘Police Action,’ because we had just finished WWII, and […]

  • Illegal German School

    Segregation, racism, religious differences – issues such as these have not typically been common within North Dakota schools. But they have existed in different forms during the state’s history. One high-profile case erupted in the town of Expansion, a tiny port on the Missouri River that never got beyond a population of 75. The townsite […]

  • Lewis and Clark Winter

    Lewis and Clark move into their winter quarters about 14 miles west of present-day Washburn on this date in 1804. Captain Clark wrote, “We this day moved into our huts which are now completed. This place which we call Fort Mandan, is situated in a point of low ground, on the north side of the […]

  • Fort McKeen to Fort Abraham Lincoln

    On this day in 1872, the name of Fort McKeen was changed to Fort Abraham Lincoln. Construction on Ft. McKeen was commenced in June by companies B and C of the 6th Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. Daniel Huston Jr. The chosen location was five miles south of Mandan near the On-a-Slant Mandan […]

  • A Question of Hanging

    The last person sentenced to die under North Dakota’s capital punishment law was a 34 year-old Austrian immigrant named Joe Milo. On October 8, 1914, Milo and another Austrian, 20 year-old John Miller, were working as farm hands near Lansford in Bottineau County. On the same crew were two Germans, Fred Seisel* and John Karst, […]

  • Pierre La Verendrye, part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part 1 of the story on Pierre Gaultier la Verendrye, who was born on this date 320 years ago, written by guest author and historian Tracy Potter of Bismarck. La Verendrye was the first known non-Indian to set foot in what is now North Dakota. Over a nine-year period, La Verendrye […]

  • Pierre La Verendrye, part 1

    Today begins a two-part series written by guest author and historian Tracy Potter of Bismarck. Tomorrow is the 320th birthday of Pierre Gaultier, who would inherit the title of La Verendrye and become known to generations of North Dakota school children as the first non-Indian to visit the state. Pierre was born in Three Rivers, […]

  • Big Kahuna of Free Throws

    Today’s story is about Tom Amberry, who on this date in 1993, made The Guinness Book of Records by sinking 2,750 free throws in a row. In the words of one announcer, Amberry is “the best free throw shooter ever to touch a basketball.” At the time of his record-breaking performance, Amberry was already retired. […]

  • William Savora

    On this date in 1931, Minot residents learned a jury’s decision in the trial William Savora, accused of murdering Mrs. Dena Korchenko. Six weeks earlier, 13-year-old Melvin Korchenko found his mother lying dead behind a hedge outside the boarding house where she worked as a housekeeper, and where she and her three children were living. […]

  • Flag Controversy

    On this date in 1913, a controversy erupted in Sykeston over the whether an American flag had been used improperly. A news story stated, “When the M.E. Kremer & Co. auction sale was started, a government flag was hoisted over the building. During the night some one took down the flag and left a note […]

  • Two Adoptions

    On this date in 1929, it was announced John K. Kennelly, head of the ND American Legion, was adopted by members of the Standing Rock Reservation. Kennelly received the name Tasunkeduta, or Red Horse, and was given his namesake’s bonnet and beaded cloak during ceremonies in Cannon Ball. Meanwhile, Christopher J. Martineson, Bismarck chief of […]

  • Roy Rogers

    On this date in 1950, the results of Bismarck’s Sears-Roebuck safety slogan contest were in. The winner was a 10-year-old from Ft. Lincoln, for his slogan, “Go Slow or You’ll Go – Fast.” His award was a gold-colored statue of Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger. Young Larry “Roy” Amon took possession of his prize that night, […]

  • Alfred Howe Terry

    Alfred Howe Terry was born into a prosperous Connecticut family on this date in 1827. After graduating from Yale with a law degree, Terry worked for a Connecticut Superior Court. When the Civil War broke out, he raised a regiment of volunteers and led them at First Bull Run and other battles. Terry had a […]

  • Origin of Blue Laws

    On this date in 1920, The Bismarck Tribune explained the state’s Blue Laws stemmed from a disgruntled New Haven colonist who ridiculed the colony’s laws, which he said included: “No one shall cross a river on Sunday unless he be an authorized clergyman. No one shall run on the Sabbath day, or walk in his […]

  • Election Day

    Today is Election Day. This date in earlier years saw some pretty big changes as a result of elections. In fact, it was on this date in 1892 that North Dakotans voted for the first time in a presidential election. Republican Teddy Roosevelt became president on this date in 1904. In 1932, Wild Bill Langer […]