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  • Warren Magnuson, WA Senator

    Warren Magnuson died on this date in 1989; he was the adopted son of Emma Anderson, of the Fort Ransom area. Emma and her husband, Bill Magnuson, lived in Moorhead, where Emma ran a bootlegging business. One of her money-making strategies was to invite wealthy people to dinner, during which she served alcohol. If her […]

  • Finding the Shining Mountains

    The first recorded visit of a non-native person in what is now North Dakota was by Pierre de la Verendrye when George Washington was just six years old. While working at a trading post north of Lake Superior, local Indians told Verendrye about a westward flowing river that reached the Shining Mountains; and, beyond those […]

  • Poison Carrots and the Hired Man

    In the early 1900s, a peculiar type of humorous story about “Poison Carrots and the Hired Man” was popular in the Red River Valley. These two characters would go off on ill-fated adventures reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin movies. Here’s one from The Grafton Record in May 1905: “Poison Carrots and the hired man joined the […]

  • Syttende Mai, 100 Years

    2005 is the one hundredth anniversary of Norway’s true independence, which is celebrated in a spring festival known as Syttende Mai (or 17th of May). The backdrop for this holiday stretches back to the year 1319, when after 400 years of self-governing, Norway was united with Sweden under Swedish rule. Some 60 years later, Norway […]

  • Master Sergeant Keeble, Hero

    Woodrow Keeble was born in Waubay, SD, on this date in 1917. During his lifetime, he fought in two wars and – with all his medals and awards combined – is reportedly the most decorated soldier in North Dakota history. Keeble’s parents were from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe. His parents were poor; his mother died […]

  • North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station

    It was exactly one hundred and fifteen years ago that the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station was established in Fargo. It was part of a national network of state research facilities, but it’s the only one in the world devoted specifically to North Dakota agricultural issues. The Experiment Station was established just two months after […]

  • Philippines — Medals of Honor

    Yesterday we discussed the 1st ND Infantry’s participation in the Spanish American War in the Philippines. After swiftly liberating Filipinos from Spanish rule in August 1898, the troops expected to go home. But, the U.S. government suddenly decided to keep the Philippines, and demoralized North Dakotans were forced to fight angry Filipino insurgents. It was […]

  • Philippines — Insurgents

    After the Spanish sunk the American ship, The Maine, off the coast of Cuba in 1898, no North Dakota newspaper called for a retaliatory strike. Once the Spanish American War was actually launched, however, the papers responded with patriotic zeal. The First North Dakota Infantry assembled on May 8th and volunteered as a body to […]

  • Architect Gilbert Horton

    Architect Gilbert Horton moved from St. Paul to set up practice in Jamestown on this date in 1911. He liked it immediately. “The prairie appealed to me,” he said. “I can’t really say why… but I think it was the people. They were open and friendly. The further west you got, the more cordial people […]

  • 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 […]