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  • Paul Fjelde

    The son of a well-known Norwegian sculptor, Paul Fjelde (Fell-dee) was born on this date, August 12, 1892. In 1887 Paul’s father, Jacob Fjelde, had moved the family to Minnesota. Opening one of the first studios in Minneapolis, his father enjoyed a brief but highly successful career in the city. Following Jacob’s death in 1896, […]

  • Harry J. Pearce

    When we picture high powered attorneys or the leaders of America’s many major corporations, we often think of the stereotype presented by Hollywood; a brash twenty something with East Coast roots, fresh out of an Ivy League college. However, as is so often the case, such stereotypes are often inaccurate, and the real version is […]

  • Era Bell Thompson

    Era Bell Thompson, the famed African American author, was born on this day in 1905. In 1917 the Thompson family moved from Iowa to Driscoll, North Dakota where Era Bell grew up in the only black family in the region. After finishing high school in Bismarck, Thompson attended UND and studied journalism. Although there were […]

  • Daniel M. Frost

    Born on this day in 1823, Daniel Marsh Frost is most familiar as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. But before the Civil War, Daniel Frost played an important role in the development of Dakota Territory. While serving in the Mexican War, or shortly thereafter, Frost met fellow West Pointer John Blair Todd, a […]

  • FDR Visit

    On this day in 1934, residents of Devils Lake were still talking and enjoying the hype, the charisma and the excitement of seeing a national president—in fact, the first president to visit their city. On the day before, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife made a small stop in Devils Lake on their way back […]

  • Espionage Trials

    It is an American tradition on a summer evening to grill a sausage or two, put it on a bun, and enjoy it with all the fixings. However in 1917, it was not a frankfurter with sauerkraut, but a hotdog with liberty cabbage. It was WWI, the U.S. was at war, and the enemy was […]

  • The Gable Connection

    The idea that everyone in the world is separated by six degrees or less has been around for a while, although Kevin Bacon helped to popularize it. On this day in 1948, several North Dakotans remembered and reported their own link to one of the most remembered, influential young actors of the time: They were […]

  • Grifters

    Soon the summer Olympics of 2008 will commence. The best track and field athletes from around the world will run the most fairest races possible, ensured with precision clocks and exactly measured distances. However, racing has changed since its early days, before clearly defined athletic rules assured honest victories. In the mid 19th century amateur […]

  • The Old Town Pump

    Today the tentacles of the rural water pipelines are reaching out to more remote areas to ensure a supply of drinking and domestic water. For most urban dwellers, drinking water from the tap is taken for granted but that was not always the case. For many towns and cities there was a domestic supply of […]

  • Margaret Calhoun’s Loss

    When Margaret Custer Calhoun buried her husband in his final resting place at Fort Leavenworth on this day in 1877, she perhaps felt the magnitude of the 7th Cavalry’s loss at the Battle of the Bighorn more keenly than anyone else. Known as “Maggie” to her family, she was the sister of Lt. Col. George […]

  • Chaska

    Chaska was a well-respected Indian scout for the 1863 Sibley military expedition, highly regarded for his daring rescue of the army’s beef contractor during an Indian attack that year. However, when Chaska died on this day in 1863, he left behind a mystery regarding his full identity. Evidence suggests Chaska may also have been a […]

  • Let There Be Light

    In northeast North Dakota, in the tiny town of Olga, a life changing event happened to the Monette family. For the first time in 31 years, they had electricity. According to an August 1973 article in the Benson County Press, the Monette’s are bowing to the progress of electricity-not out of want, but out of […]

  • Minuteman Part II

    If you listened to Dakota Datebook on July 11, you heard of an open house for a Minuteman missile launch facility just outside of Michigan, North Dakota, in 1965. On this day, people were still excited over the concept of the Minuteman missiles. But they had a long wait ahead. Over a year later, in […]

  • What drives you?

    What drives you? Here is an excerpt for your listening pleasure: “I used to pay my grocery bill whenever it was due, and in the butcher’s yawning till the coin I promptly threw. But now in vain they plead and moan to get my good long green, for every dollar that I own I need […]

  • Naval Heroes 2

    If you listened to yesterday’s Datebook, you heard of Edward Henry Allen, a man from our land-locked state who served on board the aircraft carrier Lexington, and who died as a naval hero during World War II. Marvin Lee Ramsden served as a gunner on board the Lexington, the same ship that yesterday’s hero served […]

  • Snow

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook mentioned that in 1951, March was a turbulent month for North Dakota. Blizzards swept across the prairie until roads were impossible to find. Some people got lost, and some even died. Animals died, too; in Belfield, after winds of 70 miles an hour and temperatures of up to twenty below zero finally […]

  • Fisk’s Route

    During the winter of 1863-64, Captain James Fisk was a busy man. Fisk was a visionary who foresaw travelers by the thousands heading for the West but not along the Oregon Trails as so many had done. Fisk was promoting a northern route through Dakota Territory that would shorten the distance by as much as […]

  • Dave Mullen

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook told the story of Bismarck’s first cemetery and the 1903 unearthing of 13 bodies, one of which may have been Bismarck saloon owner Dave Mullen. In 1873, Dave Mullen was buried in the Fourth Street Cemetery, also known as Boot Hill cemetery, leaving behind a strange tale concerning his death. In 1873, […]

  • Thirteen Unearthed Graves

    In October of 1872, the newly established frontier village of Bismarck experienced its first death. Private Sharpe was buried by his comrades, receiving the first burial in Bismarck. A month later, Mrs. McDonald gave birth to the first baby in North Dakota’s future capital city, but the baby passed away soon after. The pioneers of […]

  • Fort Totten Little Theater

    Fort Totten began in 1867 as a military outpost on the Northern Plains that acted as a symbol in aiding settlers on their journey across the vast prairie. Slightly less than 100 years later it became another symbol- a cultural symbol. On this date in 1963, tickets went on sale for the first production at […]