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  • Japanese Bomb Balloon

    An unmanned, Japanese, bomb balloon landed in the Minto-Warsaw area of Walsh County on this date in 1945, but the incident was kept secret until World War II ended five months later. On August 16th, the Fargo Forum reported, “Several other balloons were sighted in the air, and reported to the army authorities, at Fargo, […]

  • Foul Play

    On this date in 1935, the news in North Dakota wasn’t very cheerful. Among other things, two young women had met untimely deaths at the hands of others. Out near Zeeland, in McIntosh County, 21-year-old Leah Hass had been living with her sister, Mrs. Fred Rueb. When Leah was found missing one morning, Mrs. Rueb […]

  • Ev Albers

    On this date, during “the Great Blizzard of 1942,” Ev Albers was born in Oliver County. Dakota Datebook probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Albers, because he, as executive director of the ND Humanities Council, made sure we received the necessary funding. Albers grew up on a dairy farm near Hannover. His daughter Gretchen […]

  • Bell with a Mission

    On this date in 1908, a young group called the Literary Society held a basket social to raise money to buy a bell for their schoolhouse belfry near Lankin, North Dakota. The bell arrived from the foundry embossed with the initials R.G.L.S., for Ramsey Grove Literary Society, and its pealing became a popular sound throughout […]

  • Chess Champion Yanofsky

    Daniel Yanofsky was the first Grandmaster of the British Commonwealth. He was born in Poland on this date in 1925, and grew up in Winnipeg, where his talent as a chess player emerged during the Great Depression. He was only 11 years old when he took part in his first professional competition – the Manitoba-Minnesota […]

  • Sisters of Mary of the Presentation

    Maryvale is a Roman Catholic religious women’s community constructed in 1965 on the north edge of Valley City. The community is for the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, for whom Maryvale serves as the Provincial Center for the “United States Province.” Two sisters organized the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in 1828 in […]

  • White and Blue Angels

    On this date in 2002, 1,791 people laid themselves down in the snow in Bismarck and made snow angels – a new record that’s now in the Guinness World Records. Since then, the people of Syracuse, NY, have twice challenged the record but failed. In what’s become a good-natured rivalry, they’ve given Bismarck notice they’re […]

  • Rattlesnake Lisemba

    On this date in 1939, a former Fargo barber learned he would be hanged for his most recent wife’s murder. She was his last victim, but not his first; his first was Winona Wallace, of Fargo. Raymond Lisemba was born to Alabama sharecroppers in 1895 and was living the life of a cotton picker when […]

  • Flint, First Export

    As closely as archeologists can figure, North Dakota’s first export commodity was flint, a semi-translucent igneous rock that was mined in Dunn and Mercer Counties about 9,500 B.C. Indigenous peoples of the northern plains hunted mammoths, giant bison and other large animals during this time period. Flint from the Knife River region was used for […]

  • ND’s Million People

    On this date in 1915, the Bismarck Tribune noted a prediction that North Dakota’s population would reach one million within the next two years, based on research by the Commercial Club of Grand Forks. “(The) Club,” the story read, “finds that North Dakota now has an estimated population of 886,312. This is a gain of […]

  • Homesteading Ladies of Ireland

    Today is a big day for the Irish, with St. Patrick’s Day. It was also an important time in the lives of several Irish homesteaders back in the early 1900s. Edith McGuire was born on this date in 1881 and was just 20 years old when she came to Renville County to stake her claim […]

  • Prairie Built Mushers

    Today is the tenth day of the Alaskan dog race, the Iditarod, and the first teams are expected to begin crossing the finish line today. Others will be out on the 1,500-mile trail for as much as another week. Some of the sleds being used in the race were constructed in North Dakota. Jim Miller […]

  • Torkel Njaa’s German Shepherds

    Torkel Njaa was born during this week in 1870 in Thime, Norway. He pioneered in Griggs County with a farm in the Sheyenne Valley southeast of Cooperstown. Njaa was well known for his experimentation with cerea1 grains and livestock, and some of finest horses and cattle in the county came from Torkel’s farm. In 1914, […]

  • Lloyd Harmon

    Musician 2nd Class Lloyd Frost Harmon, from Mandan, was discharged from the army on this date in 1919. He served with Company A of the 164th Infantry during World War I. The following is a letter he wrote to a friend named Mick from “Somewhere in France” in 1918: Nearly wept great alligator tears of […]

  • GT Schjeldahl, Space Pioneer

    Gilmore T. Schjeldahl was one of the great creative minds of our times. He was born June 1st, 1912, and grew up in Esmond, Mott and, finally, in his mother’s hometown of Northwood. As a child, he enjoyed learning how things worked in blacksmith shops, farm implement stores, and power plants. He built his family’s […]

  • A Soldier Looks Back

    Today’s story comes from the reminiscences of J.W. Foley Sr., the father of J.W. Foley Jr. who became a highly regarded poet. The elder Foley fought in the Civil War and then moved his family from St. Louis to Fort Lincoln, near Bismarck, in 1878. In 1913, the Bismarck Tribune published a story that Foley […]

  • Fleas Go Postal

    The late Bill Shemoory, a newspaperman in Williston, told a story of a winter day in the 1930s when several boxes of coyote pelts were brought to the Williston post office for shipping. Postal employees rolled the boxes inside to weigh the pelts, when one fell off and burst open. Out jumped thousands of little […]

  • The Terrible Turk

    Today’s story is about Joe Albert, who lived in the Belcourt area during the first part of the 20th century. In February 1940, he was interviewed by WPA workers in Williston as part of the Federal Writers Project for North Dakota, and authors William Sherman, Paul Whitney and John Guerrero later included his story in […]

  • Essie is Honored

    Four years ago today, Esther Burnett Horne was inducted into the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Hall of Fame during Bemidji State University’s observance of Women’s History Month. The theme was “Uppity Women of Courage and Vision,” and Essie was honored for her advocacy of the American Indian. Essie’s impact on northwestern Minnesota took place after she […]

  • Building with Stone

    One would think that in a state with as many rock piles as we have, there would be fieldstone buildings everywhere, but they tend to be uncommon. The Buffalo Herald described Angus Beaton, a stonemason from Nova Scotia, as a “reliable expert in the handling of brick and stone.” Beaton was an early homesteader in […]