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  • Hazen’s Request

    Like any good officer, Colonel Hazen was concerned about the well-being of his men living on the Dakota prairie. Troubled by the lack of regular religious services at Fort Buford, Hazen petitioned Washington for a post chaplain on this date in 1874. But he was not interested in just any chaplain. He had no time […]

  • Mistake

    Did you know that, at one time in the past anyway, if you left a string of bad checks across the state, then high-tailed it into Minnesota, you couldn’t be extradited for your offense? Well, not too many people did, luckily enough. The problem was an inaccurately worded law that dates back to1877, when the […]

  • Two Stories from 1915

    Two stories from this date, in 1915, depicted conditions in Chicago due to rampant unemployment. The first described some 1500 unemployed civilians who protested, led by activist Lucy Parsons with a black banner that said, simply, “Hunger.” Plain-clothes policemen attacked the protesters, using blackjacks and clubs, and a riot ensued. Among 27 arrested was a […]

  • Jonny Lang

    On this day in 1981, Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. was born in Fargo. Growing up as a child Fargo, you might expect young Jon to become a Bison football fan, or a fan of winter sports. But Jon wasn’t like other boys his age. He had a special determination and drive. One evening, Jon’s father […]

  • Wanted: Helpmate

    In 1908, the North Dakota we know and love today was different. There were no cars, no phones, no computers. There were lanterns and letters home. There was hard work. Sometimes, there was just a claim, a farm, and a man. And so , there was also loneliness on the vast, open prairie, so far […]

  • Duane Howard, Bull Rider

    In her book, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, North Dakota author Fran Armstrong talks about rodeo stars from the upper Great Plains. One of them is Duane Howard, who was a bronc and champion bull rider during the 1960s. She writes, “As I listened to Duane talking about rodeo, I began to get a […]

  • Don’t Forget Nellie

    When Minnie Craig of Esmond was elected as a North Dakota state representative in 1922, she marked the beginning of political service for women in this state and in this country. However, Minnie wasn’t the only woman elected that session. She shared the honor and status of being the first female elected to serve in […]

  • North Dakotas National Guard Shoulder Patch

    Symbolism has long played an important part in military tradition. The North Dakota National Guard’s shoulder insignia is no exception; borrowing from the past and present to communicate North Dakota’s rich military heritage. Dominating the shield design is the State Military Crest. Approved by the Army on this date in 1926, the crest is a […]

  • No Snow Day

    Almost any child will express excitement at the prospect of snow; and almost any school-aged student looks forward to the possibility of missing school if it snows too heavily. However, on this date in 1951, snow-covered roads proved to be no problem for at least a few young children Tom Gilderhus was a farmer in […]

  • The Sheyenne Blizzard

    North Dakota was an up and coming state in 1907. Additional lands had been opened for homesteading, and the journalist field was crowded with newly ordained newspapers. Across the state, publications such as the Barlow Enterprise, the Lankin Journal, the Oriska Post, the Mott Pioneer Press, the Jud Leader and the Marmath Mail, were among […]

  • Dairy Farmers Take on Filipino Monkeys

    The annual North Dakota Dairymen’s convention opened in Bismarck on this date in 1930. The day was cold and blustery, so attendance wasn’t as high as anticipated. Too bad, because the group was facing a crisis: too much butter. Dairy farmers were badly demoralized in 1930, and various speakers laid the blame on two sources: […]

  • Fords Theater

    As Abraham Lincoln watched the theatre stage, John Wilkes Booth crept from the shadows behind, drew his derringer pistol, and fired. Mortally wounded, the president slumped forward, never to regain consciousness. Over the next century, controversy surrounded the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Some wanted Ford’s Theater to stand as a tribute to Lincoln’s life or […]

  • Old Oak Tree

    John Keats once said of oak trees: “Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.” The oak, great and old, stands longer than the lives of men, contented to its lot in life. It is a tree often referred to in […]

  • Nurses Draft

    In January of 1945, President Franklin Delenor Roosevelt shocked many Americans when he announced the dire shortage of Army and Navy nurses. In the midst of the Second World War, the Army Nurse Corps spent eight months in 1944 trying to recruit an additional 10,000 volunteers, but only managed to enlist 2,000. President Roosevelt addressed […]

  • Griffons Gang Broken Up

    On this date in 1956, Police Chief D. F. Schoeneman told The Bismarck Tribune his department had broken up a juvenile gang called the Griffons. They were also investigating reports of several other gangs operating in the Bismarck area. The Griffons’ symbol was a depiction of a mythical creature – half lion and half eagle. […]

  • Kurke & Associates

    When William F. Kurke passed away on this date in 1965, North Dakota lost one its most influential architects. In 1913, William Kurke founded the architectural firm, Kurke and Associates, in Fargo. Over the next half century, he designed familiar landmarks throughout North Dakota, including the Liberty Memorial Building and the Cathedral of the Holy […]

  • Helpful Peeping Tom

    In 1908 in Devils Lake, Christ Dahl, one of the owners of the I X L clothing store, and Ed Thompson, a painter, had come to a conclusion. They needed money. So, they came up with a plan to help make ready their road to riches. It was not exactly legal, but it was, apparently, […]

  • The Governorship of Elmore Sarles

    It was this date in 1859 that Elmore Yocum Sarles, the future governor of North Dakota, was born in Wonewoc, Wisconsin. The young Sarles did not stay long in Wonewoc, but attended school in Prescott, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school with four other future state governors. Following a single year at University, Sarles […]

  • Death Certificate

    As the old saying goes, there are two things you can be sure of, death and taxes. Well, perhaps. Felix Renville of Fort Yates was a student at Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota when he enlisted in the army in April of 1917. His grandfather, Gabriel Renville, served as chief of scouts for General […]

  • Holger Cahill

    On this day in 1887, Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarsson was born in Skogarstrond, Iceland. For those familiar with the art world, he is far better known as Holger Cahill. Life was not easy for Sveinn and his family. After a move from their native country of Iceland to Western Canada, they later settled in the upper […]