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  • A Family of Fifteen

    On this day in 1858, John Heid Sr. was born in Hoffenheim, Germany. Like many homesteaders in the late 1800s, John and his wife Babetta came to America for a new life and a fresh beginning. After living for few years in Chicago, they came to North Dakota and settled in the New Salem area. […]

  • Radio Programs A-Z

    Find BROADCAST TIMES for your favorites with PRAIRIE PUBLIC’S RADIO SCHEDULES. Didn’t find your favorite here? Check our list of Radio Specials and Retired Programs All Things Considered All Things Considered is the most listened-to afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country. The two-hour show is hosted by NPR and Prairie Public reporters.

  • Salvation Army Boys Club

    The Salvation Army and old bowling pins made the news on this date in 1955. The previous year, Bismarck’s Salvation Army created a boys’ club as a means of keeping adolescent boys out of trouble.  Lt. Kristian Andersen started the project after a local businessman donated money to purchase three wood lathes, a drill press, […]

  • Lost at Sea

    It was a calm, clear evening in the middle of the north Atlantic on this date in 1912.  The drop in temperature signaled an approaching region of ice, but danger was far from anyone’s mind.  But suddenly lookouts noticed the black spot of an iceberg.  With orders to turn, the ship slowly veered left.  But […]

  • Titanic Impact

    In 1912, on this date, passengers aboard the doomed ship Titanic were unaware of what fate waited for them.  One day more, and the ship would sink, taking with it approximately 1500 lives. The disaster impacted people the world over.  Even North Dakota, far removed from the perils of the ocean, was deeply affected.  In […]

  • Three Men on a Raft

    An odd story came from Fort Buford, Dakota Territory, on this date in 1879.  The Missouri was breaking up, and as people watched ice floes rushing down the river, they spied something curious coming toward them. As reported in The Bismarck Tribune, “A black speck was seen floating with the ice near the middle of […]

  • St. Mary’s in Hague

    St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Iron Cross Cemetery, in Hague, ND, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Most early settlers in the Hague area came from southern Russian villages including Baden, Elsass, Kandel, Mannheim, Selz and Strassburg. The original St. Mary’s, built in 1907, burned down in February 1929.  On […]

  • German Immigrants 1929

    From the 1870s to the second decade of the 20th Century, North Dakota saw a huge immigration of settlers to occupy the free land available under the Homestead Act.  That changed after World War I when the post-war prosperity peaked and farm prices fell, leading to an-out migration of families.  Bank failures in North Dakota […]

  • Glen Schmid

    Thirty-five years ago today on April 9, 1974, there were no classes at Minnewaukan Public School. Although that Tuesday was not a holiday, nor a storm day, the students had a day off.  The Minnewaukan Fire Department had lost its Fire Chief. And the Commercial Club, which promoted business in the area, the Quarterback Club, […]

  • John Moses, Governor/Senator

    John Moses announced his third bid for the office of North Dakota governor on this date in 1938. This time he would win, and go on to serve two more terms after that. Moses was born in 1885 to a Lutheran pastor in Strand, Norway. Henrik and Isabella Moses’ ancestors had fled Scotland during the […]

  • Telephone Strike

    At 6 a.m., on this date in 1947, East Coast telephone workers walked off their jobs and went on strike against one of the country’s largest industrial monopolies, AT&T, including – in this region – Northwestern Bell Telephone. As the deadline of 6 a.m. marched its way west through other time zones, the strike effectively […]

  • 2000s

    2000-2003: Building Toward a Digital Future 2000 A sequel to the “Germans from Russia” series premieres: “Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia” preserves memories of prairie mothers who left no records of their lives, but who are remembered daily in the recipes and rituals of food preparation. “Prairie Public Cooks! D is for […]

  • Army Day

    Today is Army Day.  Well, it used to be Army Day.  A Bismarck Tribune article stated President Franklin Roosevelt was proclaiming this day in 1943 to be Army Day as a way to honor “the men of the United States Army who have carried the flag of the United States and its ideals which it […]

  • Greek Candy Maker in WWI

    An alien immigrant named Louis Peter Kanell was born in 1892 in Zaimogli, Greece. In the summer of 1917, he moved from Salt Lake City to Mandan, where he was heralded as an expert candy maker at the White confectionary store on Main Street. WWI was in progress, and a few months later, Kanell was […]

  • College Name Changes

    Recently, Minot State University-Bottineau changed its name to Dakota College at Bottineau.  Changing the name of an institution of higher learning is nothing new in North Dakota.  In a 1907 spring edition of the Spectrum, the North Dakota Agricultural College’s student newspaper, editor Thomas Heath suggested that the people of North Dakota thought of NDAC […]

  • Adeline Elizabeth Iverson Aplin

    Today’s story is just a quick glimpse into the life of North Dakota homesteading woman, Adeline Elizabeth Iverson Aplin.  In her later years, she wrote down her life’s story as best she could recall, because she wanted her sons to enjoy and relive her early years, in Dakota especially. Adeline was born into a Norwegian […]

  • The Progressive Republican Revolt

    In 1900, the Devils Lake Free Press described the state’s Republican Convention as “one of the stormiest” ever held in North Dakota.  Behind the storm lay a powerful political figure: Alexander McKenzie. McKenzie not only had the support of the railroad and eastern interests, but his shrewd maneuvering to secure Bismarck as the capital made […]

  • April Fools Time

    For many people, April Fools’ Day is a time for mischief and tomfoolery.  However, on this date in 1943, mischievous time itself “fooled” many North Dakotans. “If you did not sleep an hour later this morning, you gypped yourself,” lamented the Oakes Times in Dickey County, “because all clocks were set back an hour to […]

  • Constructing Fort Buford

    Extreme temperatures, isolation, and utter boredom broken only by the terrifying reality of Indian raids.  As if that weren’t enough for the soldiers living at Fort Buford, they also had to contend with buildings literally crumbing to pieces around them as they worked, ate and slept. Located near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri […]

  • Northern Lights

    Compared to some states, North Dakota can only claim a short list of feature-length films.  Today, Wooly Boys and Fargo are arguably the most widely-recognized, but that wasn’t always the case.  On this date in 1982, Americans outside of the upper plains were treated to the first viewing of Northern Lights. A 90-minute work of […]