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  • Abe Lincoln’s Hat

    One of Abraham Lincoln’s personal bodyguards was Smith Stimmel, who later practiced law in North Dakota. In his book, “Personal Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln,” he wrote that the president’s hat was always dented and messed up. One evening he learned why. As Stimmel accompanied Lincoln’s carriage to his summer home, they met a military officer [...]

  • Writing Rock

    In the extreme northwest corner of the state, near Grenora, are two huge granite boulders covered with extraordinary examples of pictographic writing, a form of communication often used by peoples who otherwise had no written language. One recognizable petroglyph is of a Thunderbird, an image that’s been used by Native Americans since the time of [...]

  • Bones in the Basement

    It was reported on this date in 1895 that the town of Forman had “been thrown into a fever of excitement over the finding of a number of human bones and teeth in the cellar of a vacant house…” A man named John C. Birch and his family had last occupied the house. Six years [...]

  • Convict Confesses to Murder

    About this time in 1949, North Dakotans were learning that a man doing time for forgery in a Michigan prison had confessed to killing two people in North Dakota four years earlier. One of his victims was shot in a beauty salon in Jamestown, and the other was a previously unreported murder of a man [...]

  • Anson Northrup

    On this date in 1859, Anson Northrup’s steamboat arrived at Fort Garry, in present-day Manitoba, and residents celebrated with both thanksgiving and gunpowder. It was the first time a boat had successfully navigated the Red River, and commerce there would be changed forever. In “The Challenge of the Prairie,” Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “No real progress [...]

  • Fargo’s 1893 Fire

    On this day in 1893, a huge portion of Fargo was smoldering after being burned to the ground. At 2:15 the previous afternoon, something took placed behind Herzman’s Dry Goods Store at 512 Front Street – or current-day Main Avenue. According to a Fargo Forum special edition, the fire began when someone from the Little [...]

  • Karen Louise Erdrich, Author

    Today is the 50th birthday of Karen Louise Erdrich, one of the most uniquely gifted writers in the country and one of the finest to emerge from North Dakota. She is the oldest of six children. Her German-American father and French-Ojibwe mother taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school in Wahpeton, and her [...]

  • Endangered Least Terns

    A small member of the gull and tern family is an endangered species called the Least Tern – of 2500 pairs that still exist, about 100 are nesting along the Missouri and Yellowstone River systems in North Dakota right now. Least Terns are only 9″ long, are gray on the tail, back and wings, and [...]

  • Sea Serpent Connections

    During this week in 1893, residents of Milton, ND, were searching for a sea serpent. A May 25th article in the Milton Globe stated, “It is reported that something resembling a young sea serpent has been seen in the lake just north of town. If the weather warms up a little next week, we intend [...]

  • Darin Erstad, Baseball Great

    Today is the birthday of baseball great, Darin Erstad of Jamestown. He was the #1 overall pick in the Junior Amateur Draft in 1995, when he was chosen to join the Anaheim Angels. As a youth, Erstad excelled in almost every team sport offered in Jamestown. While at Jamestown High School, he was the state [...]

  • North Country Trail

    This Saturday, June 5th, Americans across the country will lace up their hiking boots and head out to enjoy the 12th Annual National Trails Day. The event has been organized by the American Hiking Society and is expected to draw more than a million participants to nearly 2,000 trail-related events across the country. Here in [...]

  • Prairie Rattlers

    Rattlesnake season is upon us – anyway for those of us who live west of the Missouri River. Rattlers will need a full meal every 10 days until the weather reaches the 80s and 90s; then, they will need to eat only once every three weeks. During the fall, they’ll increase their meals to once [...]

  • Peregrine Falcons

    On this date in 2001, fans of peregrine falcon were ecstatic to learn that Dakota Ace and Goldie’s eggs were beginning to hatch. It was the first time in almost 50 years that the endangered species had nested in North Dakota. It started in 1990, when two peregrines were spotted near the top of the [...]

  • Belhammer Saves Child

    Gordon Keeney was aboard the steamboat Dakota when he witnessed a dramatic rescue attempt by a burly German immigrant. Seventy-six years later, Keeney’s written account was published in the Fargo Forum. In 1874, the Dakota was steaming north down the Red River with a maximum load of 175 Canadian, Scotch, British and Irish passengers. Because [...]

  • The Banana Possum

    In the news on this day in 1895 was the following article: “When George Freeman was taking down a bunch of bananas at his father’s store in Fargo, he noticed a nest tightly fastened to the stock of the bunch. On prying the nest away, he found it to be a banana possum, and now [...]

  • Dalkon Shield Litigator

    In May, 18 years ago, one of the most famous corporate lawsuits in history was being waged against A.H. Robbins, the manufacturer of the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device. IUDs were developed in the 1960s as a form of birth control inspired by Middle Easterners who sometimes inserted stones into their saddle camels’ uteruses to prevent [...]

  • Rosie the Avon Lady

    Eighteen years ago tonight, a 90 year-old Avon lady appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. She was Rosie Gries of Goodrich, North Dakota, and she called it the second biggest highlight of her life. Her best biggest highlight was when she got to travel free of charge to the national Avon convention in [...]

  • Peggy Lee, Part 2

    Yesterday we began the story of North Dakota native, Peggy Lee, who ultimately achieved top songwriter ratings from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, but because Ella Fitzgerald dominated that arena, Lee won only once. But at the 1995 Grammies, Peggy was honored with a Lifetime [...]

  • Peggy Lee, Part 1

    Today is the birthday of Norma Egstrom, who was the seventh of eight children born into a Jamestown Scandinavian family in 1920. Her father worked for the Midland Continental Railroad. By some reports, Egstrom’s childhood was less than ideal. Her mother died when Norma was only four, and there was little love lost between Norma [...]

  • A Monkey in the Cookies

    On this day in 1963, it was reported that a monkey had come to Fargo. A ring-tailed monkey named Charlie. Irvin Knutson, a semi driver for Midwest Motor Express, had arrived at the Red Owl warehouse in Fargo with 2,800 cases of cookies, which he’d picked up on Wednesday at the Banner Biscuit Company in [...]