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  • Car Runs Amok

    The news out of Beulah during this week in 1949 included a story of a car owned by one Leo Miller. When Miller cranked his car to get it started, he didn’t realize it was in gear – in reverse. When the engine started, the driverless car took off backwards, shot across the street and […]

  • Frank Fiske, Photographer

    Tomorrow is the birthday of Frank Bennett Fiske, born in southern Dakota Territory in 1883. Frank was just a baby when his father, George, left the military and tried his hand at ranching. The drought of 1888 brought that line of work to an end, and the following spring, George and Louise Fiske moved their […]

  • The Marquis de Mores

    The Marquis de Mores founded the town of Medora on April Fools Day, 1883, and named it for his wife, Medora von Hoffman, who was the daughter of a wealthy New York banker. The Marquis was only 25 when he arrived in the Badlands; just one year earlier, he had moved from France to work […]

  • State School of Forestry

    The immigrants who flooded into this region in the late 1800s found abundant fertile plains and a large variety of plant and animal life. But, as most North Dakotans know, there very few trees. Settlers soon realized unrestricted winds and winter blizzards were not only an irritation, but a constant danger. The state encouraged the […]

  • Nelson County

    In 1907, Norwegian author Martin Ulvestad wrote: “The first Norwegian who settled in the State of North Dakota was N. E. Nelson, the father-in-law of the well-known politician Jud LaMoure. Nelson was appointed as Customs Collector in Pembina in 1869 and has lived there ever since. He was also the first homesteader in the state. […]

  • Louis L’Amour on Reading

    Louis L’Amour is perhaps North Dakota’s most famous author. In his memoirs, he reflected on his early education, gained in large part from books he checked out of the Alfred Dickey Library in Jamestown. Here’s what he wrote in “Education of a Wandering Man,” Chapter 1: Often I hear people say they do not have […]

  • Turkey Vultures

    On this date in 1843, naturalist James Audubon observed Turkey Vultures along the Missouri River between Badger Creek and the Heart River. Six weeks later he again made note of them near Ft. Buford. Ten years earlier, Maximilian had noted a large tree covered with them in the Sheynne Hills of Sioux County. Turkey Vultures […]

  • De Trobriand, Soldier Artist

    Philippe Regis De Trobriand was born in France on this date in 1816. He was educated in Paris and trained for a military career. In 1841, he traveled to the U.S., met and married a NY heiress, and worked as a journalist. He fought in the Civil War and was present when Robert E. Lee […]

  • Dakota Zoo

    The Dakota Zoo in Bismarck opened its gates for the first time on this date in 1961. The attraction originally began has a private business, and then a labor of love, on a 67 acre plot of land on what was then the north edge of the city. Marc and Betty Christianson operated the Christianson […]

  • First Mosque

    A few miles west of Stanley, ND, is Ross, which technically existed as a town site as far back as 1887. It was really just a Great Northern stopping point back then, consisting of a siding and a water tank. Then, around the turn of the century, development began, and on this date in 1902, […]

  • Blue Laws

    On this day in 1928, the ND Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the State’s 19th century Sabbath-breaking law, which forbade Sunday sales. In State of ND v. Isaak Diamond, Diamond was charged with selling groceries on the Sabbath, but he claimed his action “did not constitute a public offense.” Diamond claimed the Sunday closing […]

  • Fort Lincoln Internment Camp

    Ft. Lincoln was built south of Bismarck around 1898 and is now owned by the United Tribes Technical College. It served various military purposes until 1941, when the U.S. Justice Department turned it into an Internment Camp for people the government deemed enemy aliens. The fort’s new purpose came as a shock when it was […]

  • Swede Andrew

    We have a special Memorial Day story for you today. It’s the story of a boy named Wayne Wickoren and an old man named Andrew Anderson; they lived in McLeod, east of Lisbon in Ransom County. Although Anderson’s name had a Norwegian spelling, people around town called him “Swede” – Swede Andrew. He was a […]

  • Custer Grenz, Sidewalk Farmer

    John Grenz was born near Artas, SD, on this date in 1917. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Napoleon, where he was buried nearly five years ago. In 1943, Custer and his wife Irene bought a farm in the Street Flat area and also opened Irene’s Café in Napoleon, which qualified […]

  • Bloody Knife in Ambrose

    On this day in 1908, a notorious desperado known as “Bloody Knife” or “Dutch” rode into Ambrose, in Ward County, and shot up the town bandit style. Loaded up on booze, Bloody Knife began his shooting spree in the pool hall using a Lueger automatic revolver. The local attorney and newspaper editor were shot and […]

  • Empress of Ireland Disaster

    Sunday will be the 91st anniversary of Canada’s worst maritime disaster during peacetime. Just two years after the Titanic went down, the Empress of Ireland collided with a fully loaded, Norwegian, cargo ship, the Stortstad, in the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Empress was making its first voyage of the summer and had left Quebec City […]

  • Bison Latifrons

    Seven years ago today, ND paleontologist John Hoganson received a telephone call from Kent Pelton, a teacher at Watford City High School. While fishing on Lake Sakakawea near New Town, Pelton had discovered what he thought were two mammoth tusks. Hoganson was excited, because very few remains of mammoths have ever been discovered here. A […]

  • News Around the State

    Stark County was organized on this date in 1883. The Andreas’ Atlas of North Dakota was published the following year and stated, “The northeast part of the county is drained by branches of the Big Knife River, the middle portions by the Heart and the north fork of the Cannon Ball River, and the southern […]

  • Capone and East Grand Forks

    On this date in 1915, Minnesota’s Polk County voted to go “dry.” It was the end of a 25-year era during which East Grand Forks had enjoyed a booming business from across the river. When ND enacted prohibition in July 1890, fourteen Grand Forks saloon keepers immediately moved across the river. Two years later, East […]

  • 1860 Census

    Henry the Younger had the same name as his uncle, Henry Alexander, a trapper who gained fame for exploring the lands between Montreal and the Rocky Mountains. The younger Alexander worked for the North West Company establishing trading posts along rivers; among them he built Park River and Pembina on the Red River in 1800. […]