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  • Oak Trees

    John Keats once said of oak trees: Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir. The oak, great and old, stands longer than the lives of men, contented to its lot in life. It is a tree often referred to in [...]

  • 1889 Session Begins

    The Territorial Legislature met on Tuesday, January 8, 1889, for the beginning of what was hopefully the last session as a territory. On the first day, the Republicans in the House called a caucus to select their leaders and map out their strategy, while their Democratic counterpart decided against it. Edwin McNeil from Cass County [...]

  • Bristol Co. Fire

    The city of Fargo suffered a devastating fire on this day in 1907. The fire broke out in the basement of the Bristol-Sweet Harness Company at 117 Broadway and caused over $100,000 in damages. The harness company sold and produced leather harnesses, sweat pads, and collars in their downtown factory and salesroom. Fortunately, the full [...]

  • Countdown to Statehood with Dakota Datebook

    North Dakota will celebrate 125 years of statehood on November 2, 2014, and Prairie Public is joining the festivities with special “Countdown to Statehood” essays from historian Jim Davis and Dakota Datebook. Click the links below to learn about North Dakota and its storied history, and stay tuned for new stories every week! Dakota Datebook [...]

  • Otto Chenoweth

    Otto Chenoweth was born to a wealthy Massachusetts family, but the lure of the Wild West brought him to Wyoming in the 1880s, where he found friendship among cattle rustlers and horse thieves.   After committing numerous robberies in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, in 1901 Otto was arrested in southwest North Dakota with a [...]

  • Blooming with Life

    When thinking of North Dakota, you don’t think of the sunny southern hemisphere, or of oceans or mountains, for obvious reasons. However, through funds collected by the Mountrail county’s 4-H and Homemakers groups, several young men from that region were able to travel abroad and make connections to such places. Each chosen delegate served as [...]

  • Bishop “Bish” Dorsey

    The story of the first African-American baseball player in Grand Forks, a man named Bishop Dorsey, is one of great athletic glory – but marred by deep woe. Bishop Dorsey, known as “Bish,” was born in Missouri in 1876, but lived in Grand Forks from childhood. Bish Dorsey became noted for his superb baseball skills [...]

  • William Cross

    The city of Grand Forks had a certified hero just over a century ago, and his name was William Cross. It was on this date in 1909 when the readers of the Grand Forks Herald became aware that the Carnegie Hero Medal, given to William Cross, had been placed on display in Munro’s Jewelry Store. [...]

  • Renville

    On this date in 1933, Mr. Felix Renville and his wife were getting ready to travel from their home in Fort Yates to New York to appear on Robert Ripley’s radio program, “Believe It or Not.”   According to an article in the Mandan Daily News, the curious event prompting the show to invite Renville [...]

  • O. H. Woodridge

    A Fargo postal carrier reported the success of his new winter contraption on this day in 1928. The winter of 1928 proved to be one of the worst on record for North Dakota in terms of snowfall and blizzard-like conditions. Many people around the state, notably doctors and mail carriers, found it impossible to drive [...]

  • Division and Dualism

    On this date in 1888, Congress was dealing with the Springer Omnibus Bill, which would admit a single state of Dakota. For most people, especially in Dakota Territory, statehood was not acceptable without division. However, the precedent in dividing the territory along the 46th parallel went back more than three decades, even before the creation [...]

  • Fear of Fires in the Barn

    A barn was always the biggest building on a farm one hundred years ago. For farm kids, the hayloft in the barn was a place of wonderment, full of hay and memories. In the hayloft, children worked hard, getting hay-bales or loose hay packed tightly into every space, and they played hard, swinging on ropes, [...]

  • Madame Speaker

    On this day in 1933, North Dakota’s House of Representatives elected a speaker who was a little different from the average joe…especially since she was a jane. At age 49, Mrs. Minnie D. Craig of Esmond, North Dakota, became the first female speaker in the United States. When majority house leader Herbert F. Swett nominated [...]

  • Winter Carnival

    The city of Fargo held its annual Winter Carnival on this day in 1928. Fargo’s Park Board sponsored the event, and several local groups donated prizes to be awarded during the carnival. Featuring skating, skiing, and dog-sled racing events, the carnival was an all-day event consisting of both a daytime and a nighttime program. Skiing [...]

  • Fishing for Catfish on the Red River

    Catfish have always thrived in the mud-colored waters of the Red River. The face of a big catfish is familiar to anglers, for its broad head is ugly-looking and gigantic in proportion to its body. The barbels extending from around its mouth look like cat whiskers, hence the name “catfish.” A catfish seems wicked because [...]

  • New Year’s Eve Balls

    In the early 20th century, many North Dakota communities held balls to celebrate the New Year. They often used the occasions as fundraisers for charitable causes or specific funds. For example, when the residents of Williston wanted a band in 1901, they held a New Year’s Eve ball to raise funds. Over sixty couples attended [...]

  • Springer’s Insult

    During the mid-1880s the most influential obstacle to the admission of North and South Dakota resided in the United States House of Representatives. William Springer was a long-time Democratic leader from Illinois. He was born in Sullivan County, Indiana on May 30, 1836, but moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, with his parents in 1848. He was [...]

  • Rodeo star John “Buzz” Fredericks Jr.

    North Dakota rodeo star John “Buzz” Fredericks Jr. died on this date in 2006. He was a lifetime rancher and a well-known rodeo cowboy, winning titles in bareback, saddle bronc and steer wrestling. Born March 24, 1933, to John Fredericks Sr. and Catherine Medicine Stone-Fredericks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, he was a member [...]

  • A Very White Christmas

    Those dreaming of a white Christmas got more than they bargained for on this day in 1916. The Bismarck Tribune reported some snowfall in Los Angeles, but it was the northern states that received the brunt of white Christmas wishes. In what was considered at the time the worst storm in 48 years, western North [...]

  • Jack Chase

    A cowboy’s cowboy, Jack Chase died on December 26, 2001. He was a four-time state champion steer wrestler during the 1960s and traveled the rodeo circuit as often as his work allowed from the late 1940s until 1980, when he retired from active competition. Jack was a top rodeo cowboy and a person who did [...]