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  • Loren Torkelson, POW

    First Lieutenant Loren Harvey Torkelson was from Crosby and was a month shy of his 26th birthday when his plane was shot down over North Vietnam. He was in his second tour of duty as an Air Force F4 Phantom pilot with the 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron when it happened. It wasn’t until this day […]

  • Hanukkah in Devils Lake

    Today is the first day of Hanukkah, a holiday celebrated by a substantial number of Jewish homesteaders near Devils Lake in the early 1900s. Rachel Calof later wrote in her autobiography: “Our home became the center for all the Jewish holiday celebrations. Jewish farmers came from far and near…some traveling for days by horse and […]

  • Summer in Winter

    In 1913, North Dakota experienced a strange December, weather-wise. On this date, it was reported that the record for the Missouri River freezing over had been broken (as far as recent written history went). The latest date previously recorded for freeze-over was December 10th, 1899. Now, here on the 19th, the river was still running […]

  • Bachelor of Ugliness Campaign

    In December 1913, the Fargo Forum reported, “What promises to be the greatest social affair of the year at the YMCA is the mammoth Bachelor of Ugliness contest to be conducted on New Years day. Already the members are…putting forth every effort to have the greatest laughing feast of the season…The dormitory men, gymnasium men, […]

  • Kelley’s Firsts

    Arthur Wellesley Kelley was born in New Brunswick on this date in 1832. Forty years and one week later, he became the first postmaster of Jamestown, of which he was the first settler. And the first merchant. And owner of the first general store. Kelley’s first view of what would become Jamestown was on May […]

  • Murder and Lynching

    It was about four o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1913, that about 60 men smashed in the doors of the Williston jail, overpowered the sheriff and dragged Cleve Culbertson from his cell. It had begun two months earlier, on October 20th. A man calling himself Maurice (not Cleve) Culbertson showed up in […]

  • Death of a Nurse

    On this date in 1944, residents of Grafton and Mountain were rocked by the news that a young nurse was found dead in the back seat of a parked car. Sigrum Grimson was 22-years old and had grown up in Mountain, in Pembina County. She had last been seen two days earlier at 2 p.m. […]

  • Nye Fortells the Future

    On this date in 1944, Senator Gerald Nye made news by marrying Arda Marguerite Johnson in Iowa Falls; it had been less than a year since Nye’s first wife had divorced him. Nye was a Cooperstown newspaper editor when he began his 20-year U.S. Senate career in 1925. He was 33 and a Republican who […]

  • Butch Sundance and Walness

    On December 12th, 1913, a Grand Forks story reported the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch had just been in town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 but couldn’t say […]

  • B-17 Minot Crash

    On this date in 1944, a four-engine B-17 bomber crashed three miles north of Minot. Al Erb said he saw the plane fly in low over his farm buildings, swing around with its right wing dipping lower, then watched it “sideslip” into his cornfield. Erb and his son, Ray, found five crew members dead and […]

  • Mixed-Up Towns

    Towner isn’t in Towner County, it’s McHenry County’s seat; the town of McHenry, however, is in Foster County. Cavalier isn’t in Cavalier County; it’s the county seat of Pembina County. Beach is the county seat of Golden Valley County, but Golden Valley is in Mercer County. So is Stanton, Mercer County’s seat, but Mercer, the […]

  • Tall Tower Three

    We’ve spent the last two days talking about the highest and second highest land-based, man-made structures in the world – both of them are in North Dakota: the KVLY tower near Blanchard and the KXJB tower near Galesburg. Today we bring you the story of another tower that was planned for the state but never […]

  • Tall Tower Two

    Yesterday, we talked about the KTHI transmission tower – now used by KVLY – near Blanchard. It was built in 1963 and holds the record of being the tallest man-made, land-based structure in the world. What some people don’t realize is that North Dakota also has the second tallest structure in the world – the […]

  • Tall Towers One

    On this date in 1966, The North Dakota Board of Higher Education accepted title to the KTHI-TV tower from the Pembina Broadcasting Co. The move put the gigantic tower into the hands of the state, gave Pembina Broadcasting a tax break, and allowed UND and NDSU to add a powerful antenna for broadcasting educational television […]

  • Lloyd Rigler, Philanthropist

    Lloyd Rigler, an entrepreneur and avid arts philanthropist, passed away one year ago in his home in California at the age of 88. He made his fortune with a recipe for a meat condiment. Rigler was born in Lehr in 1915; when he was four, the family moved to Wishek, about 70 miles southwest of […]

  • Chief Gall, Part 2

    Yesterday was the 110th anniversary of the death of a Lakota man, Chief Gall; Sitting Bull relied on him for their war maneuvers, including the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Dr. Charles Eastman, a Wahpeton Sioux physician, historian and author, wrote, “Gall was considered by both Indians and whites to be a most impressive type […]

  • Chief Gall, Part 1

    Sitting Bull’s war chief, Gall, died on this date 110 years ago. The Hunkpapa chief played a major role in the Lakota’s war with the United States. Gall was born around 1840 near the Moreau River in South Dakota. His early childhood name was Matohinsda, which means Bear Shedding His Hair. His parents died when […]

  • Woebegone Trivia

    Here’s a bit of trivia for fans of Gary Edward Keillor – otherwise known as Garrison – of Lake Woebegone. Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, which was, at that time, a small town outside Minneapolis. He was the third of six children. In 2001, Keillor told the Washington Post, “My father worked the […]

  • Shirley Plume, BIA Superintendent

    On this day in 1973, Shirley Plume was appointed Bureau of Indian Affairs Agency Supt. for the Standing Rock Reservation of North and South Dakota. It was a major milestone. Plume was born in 1920 in Interior, a small town on the southern rim of the South Dakota Badlands. As a member of the Oglala […]

  • Three Calvins and a Cook

    North Dakota has had two different towns named Calvin. The first one, in Rolette County, consisted of a rural post office established October 23, 1899. The postmaster was named Ira Eisenhour, but his job was short lived. His post office order was rescinded almost exactly a year later, and that was the end of Calvin […]