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  • Democratic Caucus

    By the time the 1889 Territorial Legislature had passed its 30th day, the harmony that existed in the first weeks of the session had basically vanished. Statehood was within reach, and most people had hoped the Legislature would do nothing other than set the stage for the constitutional conventions, but instead, over four hundred bills [...]

  • The Hunt

    When the settlers first arrived in Dakota Territory they found an abundance of wildlife which would supplement their diets and it played a significant part in their ability to survive those first years. Dakota Territory lay in the Central Flyway for thousands of geese who made their way from the southern coast of Louisiana to [...]

  • The Amsterdam Fortune

    On this date in 1938, the Bismarck Tribune reported the good fortune of two cousins living in North Dakota. Eva and Andy Larson had just learned they were to receive part of the Amsterdam Fortune, an inheritance due to the 6th generation descendants of the Sabo family.   James Sabo and his two sisters were [...]

  • Jean Baptiste Charbonneau

    “About five o’clock this evening one of the wives of Charbonneau was delivered of a fine boy. It is worthy of remark that this was the first child which this woman had boarn and is common in such cases, her labour was tedious.” This simple journal entry made by Meriwether Lewis at Fort Mandan on [...]

  • Mid-Session Hostilities

    On this date in 1889, the Territorial Legislature was thirty-six days through the sixty day session and was getting down to business. The Farmers Alliance controlled the legislature, and as a result, bills dealing with the railroad and flour monopolies received considerable attention. The constitutionality of many of the proposed railroad bills was questioned due [...]

  • Drives

    During World War II, the United States held many drives for all sorts of goods to aid the war effort. People bought war bonds, grew victory gardens, “canned” Hitler, rationed their foods, and gave up nylon, rubber, and metals.   In February of 1943, the various metal drives made their way into the news – [...]

  • Alice Lee’s Engagement

    Theodore Roosevelt first met 17-year-old Alice Lee Hathaway at the home of a friend and Harvard classmate in October of 1878. By Thanksgiving of that year Roosevelt had already determined that he was going to marry her.   Roosevelt’s immediate attraction was understandable. The daughter of a prominent New England banking family, Alice was tall [...]

  • The James Gang in ND

    The anniversary of Frank James’s death in 1972 is reported as either this past Sunday or tomorrow, so today’s story lands somewhere in the middle. A sign in Missouri states: Young Jesse James was plowing the fields near this location in 1863 when Federal Soldiers surrounded him and demanded information about the location of his [...]

  • Coal Land Restored

    Theodore Roosevelt came West in 1884 to seek a new lifestyle. As a rancher, adventurer, lawman and statesman, his stay in North Dakota was relatively brief, but he was never forgotten by North Dakotans. In turn, Roosevelt fondly recalled his life in the Badlands and stated that if it wasn’t for his time there, he [...]

  • Countdown to Statehood

    North Dakota is celebrating 125 years of statehood, and Prairie Public is joining the festivities with special Countdown to Statehood radio essays from Dakota Datebook.

  • Weather

    The winter of 1935-1936 was a record-buster in many ways for the upper Midwest. Ski-equipped airplanes tried to get supplies to communities in South Dakota, while Iowa was rationing supplies. Two boys in Montana suffered frostbite after walking 60 miles in the freezing cold to get aid for their families.   By this date in [...]

  • Springer Relents

    On this date in 1889, the aspirations of thousands of citizens from Dakota Territory who had struggled so hard for self-government appeared to be finally bearing fruit in Congress. Beginning on the 15th of February, the House and Senate conference committee on Territories met to hammer out the differences in the Springer Omnibus Bill. Under [...]

  • Marathon Radio

    Sometimes North Dakota winters seem to drag on and on and there really isn’t too much to do. Now we have lots of electronic gadgets but on this date in 1963 there were only three TV stations to watch and no remote control. Generally there was one theater per small town which ran the same [...]

  • The Omnibus Bill Approved

    It read, “An act to provide for the division of the territory of Dakota into two states and to enable the people of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington to form constitutions and state governments and to be admitted to the union on an equal footing with the original states.”  This phrase may not [...]

  • Mandan Streets

    If you look at an old-enough photograph of the main blocks of any town in North Dakota, you will notice a common thread – the roads were not paved.   On this date in 1913, Mandan residents were investigating what it would take to pave their Main Street. There was more to contemplate than might [...]

  • Hotel Inspection Bill

    On this date in 1909, the Tagus Weekly reported on a new bill that had become law: a hotel inspection bill. Travelers today can easily find reviews of various hotels on Twitter, Facebook and websites. Even the ancient Romans had hotel reviews – they would scrawl a running commentary of life on their cities’ walls, [...]

  • Brenner Crossing

    Throughout the twentieth century, the State Historical Society of North Dakota made a concerted effort to better care for the state’s important historic sites. To do so, it acquired many properties of historic importance – former military posts, homes of important North Dakotans and significant government buildings. While many of us have visited some of [...]

  • Tower City Jubilee

    In August of 1879, Tower City was founded as a Northern Pacific Railroad station in Tower Township, Cass County. The post office had been established on May 5 of that year, and the village was incorporated in 1881.   On this date in 1929, as Tower City approached its fiftieth anniversary, the Tower City newspaper [...]

  • The Australian Secret Ballot

    Voting is a private matter, done in secret. The secret ballot method came to North Dakota in 1891. On this date that year, the Grand Forks Herald reported that the State Senate approved the “Australian election bill” in order to clean up elections. The new voting system mandated that county governments print official ballots, at [...]

  • Protesting Slacks

    The dark, cold winter causes epidemics of spring fever among college students, and in the 1940s this drove a fraternity into protest at North Dakota State University, then known as the North Dakota Agricultural College. Members of the Gamma Tau chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity, normally well-dressed and clean-cut, showed up to class on [...]