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  • Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

    Birders from around the state flocked to see a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher following a recent sighting near Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge north of Jamestown, perched on utility wires and on windrows in a newly cut alfalfa field. Jamestown attorney and bird enthusiast, Daniel Buchanan, described it as “nearly unmistakable with its long forked tail and salmon-pink [...]

  • William Lemke, Prairie Rebel

    Today is the birthday of William Lemke, who was born to German parents in Minnesota in 1878. As one of nine children, Lemke’s boyhood was spent in the Big Coulee area of Towner County. His aggressive father had already acquired 2,700 acres when he died of a stroke when he was outbid on a piece [...]

  • False Peace Flash

    On this date in 1945, the nation learned that World War II was over. It was at 9:34 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, that a news flash came from the United Press in New York saying that V-J Day had arrived. Carrying a Washington dateline, the flash was first fed into the UP’s southern wire service [...]

  • Softball World Series

    For those of you who haven’t heard, the “World is Coming to Fargo” this weekend and will be staying for 10 days. The world in question is of the diamond variety – the World Series of Fastpitch Softball. This is a big deal. A very big deal. While the best of the best women will [...]

  • Getting a Car

    People who bought automobiles in the early years were in for a bigger experience than they bargained for. Each car came with a set of tools, but if the owner couldn’t figure out how to use them, there was no mechanic to help him out; the closest thing was the town blacksmith. The first cars [...]

  • Empire Builder Train Wreck

    The worst rail disaster in North Dakota history happened at 7:20 p.m. on this date in 1945 at Michigan, about 50 miles west of Grand Forks. The first section of a Great Northern passenger train had to make an emergency stop, and the engine of section-two plowed into it from behind. The two Empire Builders [...]

  • Dustin Hoffman, Director

    The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre staged its first production, My Sister Aileen, in 1946, and until getting permanent facilities in 1967, they staged their shows wherever they could. In 1963, an east coast actor was hired to direct two of their plays, at least one of which was produced in the Red River Playhouse. In [...]

  • The Inskter Missile

    On this date in 1965, the first Minuteman Missile in North Dakota was installed in its launch facility near Inkster, in the northeastern part of the state. The first Minutemen were kept on alert in unmanned underground silos approximately 80 feet deep and 12 feet wide. Covering these missile tubes were 100-ton blast doors that [...]

  • Travis Hafner, the Pronk

    The most recent North Dakota baseball player to reach the big leagues is Travis Hafner, who debuted with the Texas Rangers on this date two years ago. He has since made quite a splash. Like Darin Erstad, Hafner was born in Jamestown, but Travis grew up in Sykeston, where he proved himself not only in [...]

  • Where is Pembina?

    In 1816, Congress passed a law that stated, “Licenses to trade with the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States shall not be granted to any but citizens of the United States unless by express direction of the President.” The law didn’t apply to the traders in the north and eastern sections of [...]

  • Grand Forks Potato Flakes

    This has nothing to do with North Dakota, but it’s hard to overlook. On this date in 1997, the world’s oldest person died in Arles, France. Jeanne Calment was 122 years and 164 days old, the oldest person who ever lived on the earth – who can be verified, that is. In her younger years, [...]

  • Valley City Village

    On this date in 1881, Valley City was incorporated as a village. It had four other names before getting its final version. It was called Second Crossing of the Sheyenne when the Northern Pacific Railroad founded it in 1872. Probably because that was a bit wordy, it was soon renamed Fifth Siding and then renamed [...]

  • Intro to Turkey Track Bill

    It’s interesting how some characters sound good just because they have three names. Like South Dakota’s Wild Bill Hickock or North Dakota’s Limpy Jack Clayton. Well, here’s another one – Turkey Track Bill, and we’ll bringing you a number of stories on him as time goes on. It was on this date in 1942 that [...]

  • Drinking Water

    On this date in 1894, the Grand Forks City Council approved the purchase of a half block of land to create the city’s first water filtration plant – the first in North Dakota. For two years, the city had been experiencing an epidemic of typhoid fever; 10% of the population had contracted the disease, and [...]

  • Oil

    It was on this date in 1955 that the state’s monthly oil production topped the one million barrel mark for the first time, when 1,000,154 barrels were produced in July of that year. It was in 1916 that the Pioneer Oil and Gas Company began drilling the state’s first wildcat well southeast of Williston. It [...]

  • William Gass, Philosopher/Writer

    Today is the birthday of William Gass, a writer and philosopher born in Fargo in 1924. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell in 1954 and is one of today’s most critically acclaimed authors of fiction and criticism. Each year, hundreds of book reviewers in the National Book Critics Circle vote for what they [...]

  • Anthony England, Astronaut/Scientist

    It was on this date in 1985 that astronaut-scientist Anthony England finally reached outer space. He was part of a 7-man crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger, which orbited the planet 126 times in 7.94 days. Just six minutes after the shuttle was launched, one of Challenger’s three main engines shut down. It was too [...]

  • Battle of the Killdeer Mountains

    The Battle of the Killdeer Mountains took place on this date in 1864. During the 1850s, treaties with Minnesota Indians promised them food, clothing, land, money and farming tools, but these rations weren’t delivered. The People were starving, and a number of events flared into the 1862 Minnesota Uprising, which left hundreds of whites dead. [...]

  • Bernell Rhone, Horse Trainer

    It was two years ago today that Canterbury Park in the Twin Cities inducted horse trainer Bernell Rhone into its Hall of Fame. The press release stated, “An outstanding horseman and gentleman, Rhone scored his first victory at Canterbury with Green Meringue on July 3, 1985. Since then the North Dakota native has saddled winners [...]

  • George Catlin, Frontier Artist

    Today is the birthday of one of our most important frontier artists. George Catlin was born in Pennsylvania in 1796 when George Washington was serving his second term in office. Catlin was the fifth of fourteen children, was on the small side, and had black hair and a dark complexion. His mother and grandfather had [...]