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  • Tainted Cranberries

    In the beginning of November 1959, Arthur Flemming, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, made an announcement that cranberries produced in Washington and Oregon in 1958 and 1959 were possibly contaminated by a chemical weed killer called aminotriazole. This chemical, when tested, caused thyroid cancer in rats.   This brought into play the recently-developed [...]

  • Picketers

    Across the ages, many people have gone on strike for different reasons and seeking different outcomes. Historically, they are remembered as a mix of peace and violence. In November of 1937, amidst other reported strikes, the G-M Plant in Michigan was in process of having its third Sit-Down strike. However, an ongoing strike in Grand [...]

  • Dennis Hannifin

    In 1888 Dennis Hannifin was a colorful character with a caustic wit who was renowned throughout the Territory. It was said that a visitor to Bismarck might as well miss seeing the Missouri River rather than failing to meet Hannifin.   Hannifin was born in Kerry County, Ireland in 1835 and came to America at [...]

  • Glass Wax Stencils

    Harold Schafer, the president of the Gold Seal Company of Bismarck, received a national sales award on this date in 1957 for his ‘Glass Wax Stencils’ holiday promotion. Each year, the national journal Food Topics granted the awards based on the responses of thousands of American food retailers. Out of 16,000 national sales promotions that [...]

  • Sesame Street

    We all know what we can find on Sesame Street – friendly monsters, catchy tunes, and sunny days  – even if we still couldn’t tell you how to get there after 43 years of singing about it. That’s right, this month marks the 43rd anniversary of Sesame Street nationally and the 42nd anniversary in North [...]

  • Prairie Public Airs Sesame Street!

    Yesterday, we heard that this November marks the 43rd anniversary of Sesame Street on the air, and the 42nd anniversary of Sesame Street in North Dakota. We learned that huge amounts of psychological research go into every episode, so much so that a Sesame Street writer named Michael David once called it “perhaps the most [...]

  • Local Option

    In 1888, the days of the Wild West were passing in Dakota Territory. This was manifested in the fact that the number of churches per capita was catching up to the number of saloons in the eastern part of the Territory. Even the frontier editors had moved westward, more interested in finding a new source [...]

  • Thanksgiving Plate

    We stand on the precipice of the holiday season, with Thanksgiving approaching rapidly – a time we often reflect on what the past has brought to us. Such was the case in 1954 for Mrs. Robert Welch of Menoken, who shared her own special memories with the students of Saint Mary’s High School.   Mrs. [...]

  • 1889 Prohibition Bill

    On July 4th, 1889, seventy-five delegates from northern Dakota Territory met in Bismarck for the North Dakota Constitutional Convention. The Enabling Act, passed in February of that year, allowed for the creation of a state constitution that would go into effect when North Dakota became a state in the coming months. Most of the seventy-five [...]

  • Holiday Furloughs

    Twenty-five years ago, the New York Times reported on the North Dakota system of Thanksgiving holiday furloughs for prison inmates. A furlough for an inmate is a temporary, unsupervised release. The state had released fifteen prisoners to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Although many states offered prisoner furlough programs at the time, North Dakota was [...]

  • Sheridan Hotel

    On this day in 1921, the residents of Bismarck were still excited over the recent visit of Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France. During the visit, Foch was reported to have touched the spirit of the West. By then, little remained of Bismarck’s Old West, but residents were reminiscing about Bismarck’s earlier days—a time when the [...]

  • Medora rancher Pete Pelissier

    Pete Pelissier, known as the “Buffalo Bill of the Missouri Slopes,” created a Wild West Show in the 1890s that performed around North Dakota. The show also traveled along the route of the Northern Pacific Railroad, appearing as far east as Boston, Massachusetts.   The specialty acts and Pete’s sense of showmanship and style were [...]

  • Jamestown Convention

    Benjamin Harrison was heading for the White House, and it was an almost a certainty that North Dakota was heading for Statehood. Harrison himself had introduced legislation to allow a single state of Dakota but now recognized that the citizens of both the northern and southern portions of the Territory desired division. But there were [...]

  • First Roughrider Rancher-of-the-Year Award

    Melvin Griffin was born into ranching life at Stacey, Montana on this date in 1908 to Rose Anna and Lewis Griffin. Melvin only attended school through the eighth grade, but he started trailing cattle with his dad when he was only ten, and after trailing cattle into North Dakota in June 1926, 18-year-old Melvin saw [...]

  • 36th Congress

    When the state of Minnesota was organized in 1858, settlers living to the west of the new state boundary began to examine their own situation. Prior to being carved out as a state, Minnesota had been a part of the much larger Minnesota Territory, which had extended west to the Missouri River. Now, residents living [...]

  • Thirteenth Amendment

    The first black person known to enter the area that would later become North Dakota was a slave. Owned by William Clark, York accompanied Lewis and Clark during the Corps of Discovery Expedition. He was born in Virginia to slaves owned by Clark’s father, a small plantation owner. He was selected to be young William [...]

  • Willis R. Bierly

    A meeting on December 3, 1888 in Jamestown, sought to lay the groundwork for statehood. The meeting went well, laying out a conservative, yet aggressive path. But in a recent development, a bill had already been introduced in Congress that admitted the State of South Dakota. It had passed the US Senate, and the Senators-elect [...]

  • Open Your Heart

    Each December since 1929, the Lloyd Spetz Post of the American Legion has held the Open Your Heart holiday drive to provide Christmas food baskets and children’s clothing to needy families in Burleigh County and the Bismarck-Mandan area.  Christmas 1929 marked a devastating holiday season for many families, as the October stock market crash wiped [...]

  • Dakota’s Destitute

    When John Miller became North Dakota’s first Governor in the fall of 1889, he had little idea how demanding his new position would be.  In addition to setting up a new state government, Miller was about to face a severe economic crises.  Miller, a wealthy bonanza farmer with over 17,000 acres of land, had little [...]

  • Postage Dues

    It’s not often that North Dakota makes national news. That is to say, it’s not common, but it does happen. On this day, in 1914, it was reported in the Bismarck Tribune that some small towns in North Dakota were making big waves in Washington, D.C.—and all over a post office. Several post offices, to [...]