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  • 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 [...]

  • Rock Lake Boys to War

    It was about this time in July 1918 that ten young men from Rock Lake were going off to fight in World War I. The Rock Lake Ripples called their send-off “the largest assembly of any as on previous occasions in our village…” The Town Hall was undergoing repairs at the time, so the event [...]

  • Clarence Crum, Inventor

    Clarence Crum, from Hannah, received at least two patents for his inventions. On July 4th, 1913, the Hansboro Pioneer reported that Crum received a patent for “an invention of his, which will be a great convenience to motor drivers. The device will cause the lights on an automobile to follow curves or turns in the [...]

  • Journey of the Highgate Mastodon

    In the spring of 1890, William Regcraft found some bones while digging a ditch on his uncle’s farm, one mile from Highgate, Ontario. A hardware merchant named William Hillhouse bought the bones, and he and his uncle, John Jelly, also bought the right to continue excavating. What they found was almost an entire skeleton of [...]

  • A Case of Claim Jumping, Part 2

    Yesterday, we told you about Heber Creel’s efforts to gain control of the land on the north shore of Devils Lake as the railway headed in that direction. Creel and his cronies used every tactic, legal or not, to make sure they would make a tidy profit if the railroad bought their claims. Two young [...]

  • A Case of Claim Jumping, Part 1

    Back in 1884, some pistol-packing cowboys showed up at the depot at Devils Lake. The news was quickly carried to Sheriff Ever Wagness, who confronted the men and told them to either surrender their guns or get out of town. Because of events the year before, Ramsey County had passed an ordinance requiring handguns to [...]

  • Carl Ben Eielson, Early Years

    Today is Carl Ben Eielson’s birthday. He was born 107 years ago in Hatton, and today we’re going to talk about his early days in aviation. In September 1922, Eielson arrived in Fairbanks to teach high school math and general science, and to coach basketball. Mrs. Foster, his landlady at the old Alaska Hotel, took [...]

  • Georg Hildebrandt in the Gulag

    Today is the birthday of Georg Hildebrandt, who was born in 1911 in a German village in the Ukraine. In 1993, Hildebrandt’s book, “Why Are You Still Alive? A German in the Gulag,” was published in the German language. A German reviewer wrote, “Why are you still alive? That is the cynical question of a [...]

  • Cold Day in Beulah

    Looking back at the unseasonably cold weather this spring, it’s interesting to note the record high and low temperature that have been set at Theodore Roosevelt National Park over the years. For the months of February through September, every high record except one was set during the 1980s and ‘90s, while almost every cold record [...]

  • Ukranian Festival

    The Ukrainian Cultural Institute in Dickinson was founded in 1981, and has since grown from 50 to 500 members from 26 states and Canada. The Institute has been celebrating its annual Ukrainian Festival this weekend, including music and food – including “varenyky-pyrohy” or cheese buttons, arts and crafts including intricately hand-painted “Pysanky” or Ukranian Easter [...]

  • Sibley Historic Sites

    The State Historical Society administers a good number of historic military sites throughout the state, many of which are small out-of-the-way spots that come with small brown road signs that point the way. Recently, our Dakota Datebook writer came upon one of these beside ND Hwy 1 near Binford. “I spotted it and asked my [...]

  • International Peace Gardens

    The International Peace Garden straddles the U.S.–Canadian border between Boissevain, Manitoba and Dunseith, North Dakota. It was on this date in 1932 that it was first dedicated. The idea for the Peace Garden began as the dream of a Canadian horticulturist, Dr. Henry J. Moore, a lecturer for the Ontario Department of Agriculture. Moore was [...]

  • Charley Talbott and the Farmers’ Union

    The 1930s were hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust storms and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became more and more frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 [...]

  • Charging Bear Adopts Captain Welsh

    During the summer of 1913, an event near Fort Yates led to a full-page spread in the Minneapolis Sunday Journal, including photos and artwork. The story referred to Blackfeet/Hunkpapa Chief John Grass adopting Alfred Burton Welch, Captain in the U.S. Army, as his son. North Dakota historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard writes, “Adoption is one [...]

  • Fredonia and Sherwood

    At least nine North Dakota towns are celebrating their centennials this year. Fredonia was founded when the Soo Line Railroad was extending its line from Kulm to Lehr. In 1904, area volunteers, mostly farmers, built a sidetrack to a site they called Denevitz. A crew of Frenchmen built a grain elevator and store there that [...]

  • White Cloud

    According to a Native American legend, a traveling war party once came upon a very large herd of buffalo spread throughout a wide valley, and right in their midst laid a peaceful and beautiful buffalo of pure white. The war party realized that the other animals kept their distance, which was interpreted as a sign [...]

  • Eric Sevareid

    It was on this date in 1992 that one of the greatest newsmen of the 20th century died. Eric Sevareid’s career spanned 38 years, during which he shared the CBS Evening News with another broadcasting icon, Walter Cronkite. Sevareid was born in 1912 and grew up in Velva. He wanted to be a journalist and [...]

  • Finding Fen-Phen

    It was on this date in 1997 that CNN broke the news that the miracle combination of diet drugs known as fen-phen was causing leakage in users’ heart valves. What many don’t know is that the first person to figure it out was a cardiac sonographer at Fargo’s MertitCare named Pam Ruff. According to an [...]

  • North Dakota’s First Mass Murder

    North Dakota’s first mass murder took place on this date in 1893. Six members of the Daniel Kreider family were killed on their farm southeast of Cando, including four of their 8 children. In the preceding years, Daniel and Barbara Kreider had moved to Cando from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by way of Missouri, and appear [...]