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  • 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 [...]

  • Mcleod’s One-Room Schoolhouse

    When school let out on this date in 1986, People magazine had already been to McLeod, in Ransom County, to cover the story. There were only 14 one-room schoolhouses still operating in the state, and McLeod’s was closing its doors. Of the three students still attending in 1986, two would be moving up to 7th [...]

  • Blackburn, Marksman

    In 1910, A. M. Blackburn traveled from Winnipeg to visit his brother and buy a half section of land outside of Hansboro. The Hansboro News reported that, “Mr. Blackburn is the manager of the Grain Growers Association’s business of Canada, and…make(s) frequent trips to Europe… Last year it so happened that he was in England [...]

  • Too Much Sunshine

    Back in 1909, Dr. S. Carlsen of Spring Grove, MN, wrote a paper titled, The Climate’s Influence on Emigrants From Northern Europe and Especially Norwegians in America. Dr. Carlsen felt that Norwegians were settling so far north in America – even into Canada – because those who settled as far south as southern Minnesota were [...]

  • Buffalo Wolves

    Rueben Humes was a young Dickinson sheepherder whose flocks were often threatened by predators like coyotes and bobcats. One day in 1900, Rueben went hunting for prairie chickens near the Heart River. His shotgun kept misfiring, but he finally shot a chicken, which dropped onto the opposite riverbank. As he forded the river to get [...]

  • The Earl of Caithness

    On this date in 1914, John Sutherland Sinclair died in Los Angeles, where, for three years, he had lived quietly at the Hotel Balboa. At the time of his burial at Forest Lawn, only three Californians knew who he really was. The other few people who knew his true identity were from North Dakota, where [...]

  • Captain David Mott, POW

    Today is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, who was born in 1890. Trained in the Soviet Union, he rose to become the communist ruler of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today also marks the anniversary of the day in 1972 that Captain David Mott became a prisoner of war in Ho Chi Minh’s [...]

  • Tommy Tucker Time!

    Today is Tommy Tucker’s birthday. He was born in 1908 in Souris, where he was known by his real name, Gerald Duppler. Fans of 1940s big bands will recall his 1941 hit, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire.” Tommy Tucker was one of the most successful orchestra leaders of his day. He [...]

  • Syttende Mai

    Happy Syttende Mai! For those of you who don’t know what that is, an old article in the Hansboro News explains that May 17th is the “anniversary of the rise of modern Norway among the nations as an independent, self-governing kingdom…” The year the article was written was 1914 – the year of Norway’s Jubilee [...]

  • Nekomis Missile Base Protest

    Thirty-four years ago today was “International ABM Day,” an anti-war event that was planned to coincide with Armed Forces Day. In North Dakota, the early construction stages of the Anti-Ballistic Missile “Safeguards” had many worried about nuclear proliferation and the state’s growing dependence on federal defense money that came from the building of missile sites [...]

  • Armed Forces Day

    Today is Armed Forces Day, which brings to mind the five ND Guardsmen who have died in Iraq during the past year: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Hendrickson, 41, of Bismarck; Sgt. Keith Smette, 25, of Makoti; Spc. James Holmes, 28, of East Grand Forks; Pvt. Philip Brown, 21, of Jamestown; and Spc. Jon Fettig, 30, of [...]

  • Philippine-American War

    Yesterday we talked about the Spanish-American War, in which America helped Cuba win its freedom from Spain. On June 24th, we’ll bring you the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill, but today, we’re switching directions. One month after the Spanish-American War began, American troops sailed from San Francisco to battle the Spanish [...]

  • Spanish-American War

    We’d like to dedicate this show to Everett Albers, who died April 24th of cancer. He was the Executive Director of the ND Humanities Council since its inception in 1973 until his death. He co-authored, with Jerome Tweton, the Humanities Council publication, “TR, Cowboys, Rough Riders and Our Boys in the Philippines,” which provided the [...]

  • Fort Buford

    This weekend, Fort Buford is having a grand opening of its fully restored army barracks, including tours and music and a chance to indulge in a whole lot of history. Fort Buford was a military post built, in 1866, where the Missouri meets the Yellowstone River southwest of present-day Williston. Native American tribes were rightfully [...]

  • Levingston or Rockefeller

    It was on this date in 1906 that William Levingston died at the age of 96. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Illinois, where he had lived out his life with Margaret, his wife of 50 years. William, a descendent of German immigrants, grew up in New York State. At 24, he was [...]

  • Zip to Zap

    Today is the 35th anniversary of the only official riot in state history that called on the National Guard to disperse the crowd. 1969 was part of a fiery decade that saw mass national protests against racial segregation and the Vietnam War. The hippie movement promoted free love, and the slogan “don’t trust anyone over [...]

  • Mother’s Day

    Today is Mother’s Day, and we’re talking about Elizabeth Bodine, who was named North Dakota Mother of the Year in 1968. Bodine was a Velva native who firmly believed in education. In fact, every one of her 18 children received post-secondary education. Six of her daughters went to college, two other daughters went to business [...]

  • Oimoen, Ski Jumper

    One of the greatest ski jumpers in U.S. history lived in North Dakota. Today would be his 98th birthday. As a boy in Norway, Casper Oimoen’s first skis were barrel staves. When he moved to Minot at age 17, he had already many won many trophies, but he would win almost 400 more, including 3 [...]

  • Josephine Kills Grinnell

    Today marks the anniversary of George Grinnell’s death in 1888. Born in Maryland, he served as a spy for the Army of the Potomac, then ventured west with a military wagon train to Fort Berthold. There, he made a living as a “woodhawk,” selling firewood to river steamers. Grinnell quickly learned about “women of convenience” [...]

  • Mr. Giveaway

    McLean County is named for John A. McLean, the first mayor of Bismarck. Today we’re talking about one of his sons, Harry, who was born in Bismarck in 1883 and died May 1st, 1961. Young Harry had guts and a whole lot of moxie. He started his career as a water boy for a railway [...]