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  • News from Deadwood

    Today it’s back to the wild west of Dakota Territory. On this date in 1878, the Bismarck Weekly Tribune published “Our Black Hills Letter,” written by the Trib’s “Special Correspondent” in Deadwood. Written in the flowery Victorian vernacular of the times, it reads: “Crime holds high carnival here in the Hills – at least it […]

  • Admiral Bill Owens

    As you may have noticed, ND has produced a great many high-ranking military officers. Retired Admiral Bill Owens celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday. Last fall, while speaking at a Capitol Hill policy luncheon, Owens explained, “(T)he reason why Bismarck turns out a lot of admirals is that we didn’t know how far away the sea […]

  • New Salem Pigger

    On this date in 1907, a Bismarck Daily Tribune headline read, “Pigger Cinched – Saloon Man Caught Red-Handed at New Salem Saturday.” The folks of New Salem had been quite irritated by the town’s illegal saloon, so Deputy Sheriff Leonard raided the joint. Sims, the proprietor, and his patrons weren’t in the mood to cooperate […]

  • Anders Falla Prepares His Funeral

    Anders A. Falla came from Norway in the 1890s and homesteaded in the Red Willow Lake region of Griggs County. At least two of his children had nearby homesteads, as well – his son, Anton, and his daughter, Marie. Getting started was a major challenge for any homesteader. In Anton’s case, he lived under a […]

  • Corregidor and the Hell Camps

    Shortly after bombing Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippines. Allied forces put up a stiff resistance but slowly retreated to the Bataan Peninsula, where they had protection from the big guns on Corregidor. Corregidor, also known as “the rock,” is a small, rugged, island that was then serving as Allied headquarters and the seat […]

  • Upright Sleeper

    We’ve all heard about talking in your sleep – and many of us do. And then there’s sleep walking, which afflicted pilot Carl Ben Eielson the night before he’d set out on any new adventure. But today’s story is about something far more unusual. On this date in 1905, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican […]

  • Turkey Track in Storm

    It was exactly 100 years ago that The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican reported that, statewide, farmers had broken a record for early seeding. “For the first time in many years,” the story read, “wheat seeding in the northwest is practically completed on the first day of May…there has never been a year when wheat […]

  • POW Opsahl Released

    On this day in 1945, waist gunner Sgt. Roland Opsahl, of Lakota, woke up to unfamiliar silence. He’d been a POW since his plane, “Old Daddy,” was shot down nearly 14 months earlier. Observers said an outboard engine was in flames as the plane spun to the left and crashed. Seven crewmembers parachuted, but the […]

  • Mr. White Goes to Washington

    Back in January, we brought you the story of Frank White, North Dakota’s eighth governor. He was the first governor to serve two terms, largely because he eliminated the state’s debt while simultaneously overseeing the addition of the north wing of the original capitol building. White was a civil engineer, a farmer and a banker. […]

  • Letters Home

    During World War I, a number of Minot soldiers wrote to Minot High School students about their experiences in the field. A 1918 editorial in Minot High’s paper, the Searchlight, reads, “Not long ago these boys were in the quiet of their homes in a peaceful country. Today, in a strange land they are facing […]

  • Elizabeth Preston Anderson

    We’ve spent the last two days talking about events connected to alcohol in North Dakota’s past. Today we bring you the story of Elizabeth Preston Anderson, who was at the other end of the spectrum. She was born on this date in 1861 to Elam Stanton Preston, a Methodist pastor in Decatur, IN. His ancestors […]

  • End of the Track Gang

    We’re spending a few days looking at some of the state’s history concerning alcohol. Yesterday we discussed the Bismarck booze bust of 1907. Today, we’re backing up a couple decades. On this date in 1877, Bismarck saloonkeeper, Peter Branigan*, was supposed to be executed. He had killed a soldier named Massengale in his saloon on […]

  • Bismarck Booze Bust

    During the early years, Bismarck was right on the heels of Deadwood in lawlessness, violence and the selling of liquor. But, by the early 1900s, some Bismarck residents felt it was time to actually enforce prohibition. Saloons that carried on in secret were called “blind pigs,” and their beverages were either illegally produced locally or […]

  • Actual Settlers

    In April 1895, The Fargo Forum reported: “…the Great Northern railway took a train of 405 people, actual settlers, not excursionists, to the Red River Valley and the Turtle Mountain country of North Dakota. They occupied nine coaches, and their household effects and farm implements filled several long freight trains. “We believe this to the […]

  • Jewish Wing

    The Jewish observance of Passover begins today at sundown. During early migrations of Jewish settlers into ND, most special celebrations were celebrated in farm homes. Rabbi Julius Hess often traveled from Ashley to provide services and instruction for Judaic immigrants northeast of Bismarck. Residents of Wing planned to build a synagogue in 1915, but it […]

  • J. Clark Salyer II

    In 1934, a USDA report read, “Serious drought conditions have arisen periodically throughout recorded history, always doubtless working hardship on waterfowl. But never, so far as is known, have there been so many destructive conditions and agencies at work at once upon a depleted waterfowl supply as during the past 5 years.” Yesterday, we talked […]

  • Ding Darling

    Earth Day is this Friday, and State Bird Day is next Tuesday. 2005 is also the 100th anniversary of the first wildlife refuge to be established in the state at Stump Lake. It’s a good time to tell the story of two men who had an enormous impact on wildlife conservation in ND. The first […]

  • Brigadier General James Wold, part 2

    Yesterday we brought you part one of our story on retired Brigadier General James Wold, a much-decorated Air Force pilot in Vietnam who later set up a law practice near Cooperstown. Back in 1969 and ‘70, many of Wold’s 241 combat missions were search and rescues in Vietnam and Laos. In 1994, President Bill Clinton […]

  • Brigadier General James Wold

    James William Wold was born in Minneapolis on this date in 1932, but his family’s roots were in ND. Decades earlier, his grandmother came to work for her aunt and uncle in Grand Forks, then moved back to Norway. In 1923, her 16-year-old son Peter came over and lived in Grand Forks. Little did Peter […]

  • Apollo

    After a harrowing journey, Apollo 13 made it back from space on this date 35 years ago. Astronaut Tony England of West Fargo was in the control room when the Apollo crewman spoke those famous words, “Houston, we have a problem.” NASA turned to England for help, and he and several other engineers scrambled to […]