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  • Jamestown’s First Private School

    The first private school in Jamestown was started in 1879 by a newcomer, J.J. Nierling. He arrived in town in the middle of the winter and rented a room for his school in a building that later became a fire hall. Nierling “canvassed the neighborhood for scholars,” offering classes in bookkeeping, reading, spelling, geography and [...]

  • JFK and Oswald in ND

    Tomorrow is the 41st anniversary of President John Kennedy receiving an honorary degree from UND in Grand Forks. He was on a 5-day Soil Conservation Tour at the time. In Dick Russell’s book, The Man Who Knew Too Much, there are references to Richard Case Nagell, a war vet who later admitted being a double [...]

  • Stefan Popiel…Chess Master

    Stefan Popiel was born in 1907 and grew up in the city of Lviv in former eastern Poland. In 1931, he earned a masters degree in French and Latin language and literature from the University in Lviv. He also acted Archbishop Andrew Sheptitsky’s personal secretary until 1944. Stefan was the nephew of an early master, [...]

  • A Fight To The Death

    It was at 2 o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1888, that a crowd of cowboys, gamblers and drifters crammed into Frank Church’s horse barn in Grand Forks. They were there to watch prizefighter George Fulljames go up against an undisclosed opponent in a fight to the finish. Fulljames presumably needed the money [...]

  • Christian Science

    North Dakota’s first Christian Science Church was dedicated in Grand Forks on this date in 1905. The newly found religion of Christian Science had come about through the efforts of Mary Baker Eddy. She was born in New Hampshire in 1821 and was plagued by illness throughout most of her life. Her parents took her [...]

  • Double Murder

    Today we bring a story about two murders that happened on this date in 1920 – both by the same man. The crime took place two miles from Armourdale, a tiny village that no longer exists. The Turtle Mountain Star reported the story as follows: “Between one and two o’clock Monday afternoon, a report reached [...]

  • Beer on the Military Frontier

    Soldiers stationed on the military frontier brought with them a taste for malt beverages like beer and ale. This was sometimes satisfied by ale imported from England, Scotland, or Ireland, which could be bought at the post trader’s store – if the fort was located on or near a railroad or navigable river. In the [...]

  • Eureka

    About 40 miles south of Wishek is the town of Eureka, SD, population about 1,000. The first white farmers there were mainly Germans from Russia who prospered because of their specialty: dry-land farming. The town was at the farthest end of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroads, and acted as a funnel through which [...]

  • Rachel Calof, Part 2

    Yesterday, we introduced Rachel Bella Kahn, a Russian Jew who came to the United States in 1895. Her move was a desperate attempt to escape the obstacles she had been facing – physical abuse, being an orphan, separation from her siblings, and being forced to work for a rich aunt who didn’t want her. At [...]

  • Rosh Hashanah and Rachel Calof

    In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year,” which is why the holiday is commonly known as Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah began yesterday at sunset, so today marks the first day of the Jewish Year 5765; the holiday will end tomorrow night. Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days of the year [...]

  • Yeggs Break into Two Banks

    According to the dictionary, yegg is a slang term for: a thief, especially a burglar or safecracker. It was on this day in 1923 that several quick-moving yeggs made the headlines, which read, “Safes Blown in 2 North Dakota Banks; Bandits Get $5,000 Loot – Vaults Damaged by Explosives: Currency, Silver and Liberty Bonds Taken [...]

  • Two Men Hang

    Two men were executed in North Dakota on this date in 1900. Their cases were unrelated. On March 19th, James Jenkins and his son, Ira, reported they had discovered August Stark frozen to death in the Casino Coal Mine near the newly established town of Wilton north of Bismarck. The father and son were the [...]

  • The Lost and Found

    Two stories of the lost being found took place on this date in 1923. Our first story takes place in McLean County in a little town called Dogden, which was founded in 1906 along the Soo Line Railroad. The village got its name from a nearby landmark, Dogden Butte, which was favored by dens of [...]

  • The Bucking Auto

    A story came out of Dickinson on this date in 1923 that cowboys at the Stark County Fair were facing more than bucking broncos. They were dealing with an early predecessor of the mechanical bull. The article read, “Real cowboys of this section were undismayed by a specially constructed ‘bucking auto,’ and stayed with it [...]

  • Dromaeosaurus

    During the Late Cretaceous period, rivers flowed east from the Rocky Mountains to the inland sea that once covered what is now eastern North Dakota. The weather was similar to that of south Florida, and deposits resembling the Mississippi Delta built up around what is now known as the Hell Creek Formation south of Bismarck/Mandan. [...]

  • President Wilson in Bismarck

    President Woodrow Wilson visited North Dakota only one time – in 1919. The First World War had ended, and an armistice had been signed. Now, Wilson wanted to convince Congress and the Nation that the United States should accept the Treaty of Versailles and to become a member of the newly proposed League of Nations. [...]

  • The Fargo-Moorhead Twins

    In response to a number of baseball teams being cut from the major leagues, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba formed the Northern League in 1902. Also included were a team from Iowa City and one from Ontario. The league’s opening day was on May 22, 1902, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press [...]

  • Portable Lungs

    “Not until we have removed the shadow of the Crippler from the future of every child can we furl the flags of battle and still the trumpets of attack. The fight against infantile paralysis is a fight to the finish, and the terms are unconditional surrender.” Those were the words of President Franklin Roosevelt in [...]

  • KKK in ND

    In 1923, posters advertised a Ku Klux Klan meeting in Larimore to take place on this date. The posters read, “The American Club which is Klan No. 2, of the realm of North Dakota will receive its charter. One of the grandest and most picturesque meetings ever held in the history of the Klan in [...]

  • Tree-Tops Klingensmith

    It was one hundred years ago last Friday that one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most colorful characters was born. Florence Gunderson grew up in Clay County and was nine years old when she saw her first airplane. At 13, she learned to drive, and a few years later, she and her brother George built themselves a racer [...]