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  • Medina Shootout

    On this date in 1983, there was a shootout between Federal Marshals, Gordon Kahl and other members of the Posse Comitatus on a road east of Medina, North Dakota. Kahl was born in 1920, the oldest of five kids. He is described as being musical, loving to hunt, a practical joker and an excellent mechanic. […]

  • Lynn Anderson

    It was this month in 1971 that country singer Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden went gold. Bios on Lynn Anderson usually say, “Born in Grand Forks, ND, September 26th, 1947, raised in Sacramento, California.”  Leading the way for Lynn’s career was her mother Liz. Liz had a great talent for writing songs. Her husband encouraged her, […]

  • The Gas Traction School

    It might be somewhat surprising to learn that the first engine-powered farm tractor was introduced as early as 1868.  It was a steam-powered machine, designed as a small “road locomotive” operated by one person.  It was used for general hauling, and was especially popular in the timber trade.  The first gasoline tractor was introduced in […]

  • Zeronia

    Winter in North Dakota is not for the faint of heart, and its frosty air has sometimes been a discouragement for those who considered moving into the state. When North Dakota gained statehood in 1889, prominent citizens and the state’s “booster press” boasted about the state’s climate, people and prospects, but the cold reputation persisted, […]

  • North Dakota POWs in Germany

    Stalag Luft 3 was a German prisoner of war camp in use from March of ‘42 through January of 1945.  This camp was operated by the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, for Allied flight officers shot down over German occupied Europe.  Early in the war it housed primarily British personnel, but as the war went […]

  • Frosty Potter, 100 Year Old Cowboy

    Edgar “Frosty” Potter died at the age of 100, his longevity due in part to a rusty pitch fork. He could have died 87 years earlier. Born in 1895, Frosty came west to North Dakota with his family in 1901. They settled on a Ranch just north of the Cannonball River near the Standing Rock […]

  • 7 Months, 4 Governors

    Today, we bring you the story of North Dakota having four different governors in 7 months. In 1932, “Wild Bill” Langer of Casselton was elected governor, giving the Non-Partisan League complete control over state government. He was a rough and tumble sort of guy, and many immigrant settlers – who distrusted slicker-looking politicians – liked […]

  • Bismarck Name Change Controversy in World War I

    In 1918, when America was fighting against Germany in World War I, there were some U.S. citizens who allowed war fever to rage too hot.  Some fervent patriots thought all things German were un-American, changing the name of “hamburgers” to “Liberty sandwiches;” dachshunds into “Liberty pups,” and sauerkraut to “Liberty cabbage.”  That turmoil also affected […]

  • CAAR

    For some people, political and personal lives occupy distinctly different spaces. However, for Ruth Meiers, the political and personal were as inseparable as the bread and butter. In 1985, she became the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. Given her career as a social worker, as well as being a mother […]

  • Threat to Cattle

    On this date in 1904, the Bismarck Tribune announced an outbreak of cattle scab in North Dakota.  It was noted that the disease infected the finest herds in the state.  The origin was traced to a cattle sale in Fargo involving cattle owned by a well-known Minnesota breeder.  The breeder was not blamed, as an […]

  • Railroad Safety

    Railroads were crucial in opening North Dakota to settlement.  The Northern Pacific pushed into northern Dakota Territory in 1871.  By the time of statehood in 1889, railroad companies had laid 2,093 miles of track here.  The main railroad companies were the Northern Pacific, running from Fargo to Beach, and the Manitoba, which ran from Grand […]

  • Great Dakota Boom

    Despite the fact that the Dakota Territory had been blasted in the Eastern Press as a barely inhabitable, frozen wasteland, the lure of free land caught the interest of many Easterners. Lured on by claims made through the Northern Pacific Railway Company, those seeking a new life were offered their choice of at least 50,000 […]

  • The Teddy Bear Fad

    During a hunting trip in 1902, the guides caught a bear, tied it to a tree, and invited Teddy Roosevelt to shoot it.  Roosevelt said that would be unsporting and refused to shoot.  Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman depicted the incident in one of his political cartoons, which inspired New York shopkeeper Morris Michtom and his […]

  • Dr Fannie Quain

    On this date in 1909, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill to establish a Tuberculosis Sanatorium at San Haven. One of the people responsible was 29-year-old Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain. She was North Dakota’s first homegrown female doctor. Fannie Dunn paid her way through medical school by bookkeeping, teaching, house cleaning, working for a […]

  • New Americans in North Dakota

    Immigrants make up a growing share of North Dakota’s population.  The percentage of immigrants in the state nearly doubled between 1990 and 2013, from 1.5 percent to 2.7 percent.  About a third of the immigrants in North Dakota are naturalized citizens.  Nearly 22,000 North Dakotans are Latino or Asian.  The top countries of origin are […]

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    Thomas Leroy Narum was a foot soldier who served in Vietnam. Hailing from Amidon, North Dakota, he was only 21 when killed on this date by multiple fragmentation wounds. He is one of the 198 casualties North Dakota suffered in that war. Narum’s story is just one of many ways the Vietnam conflict affected the […]

  • Lily the Pink

    On this date in 1907, the Wahpeton Times included an ad for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, “the Great Woman’s Remedy for Woman’s Ills … sold by druggists everywhere.”  The ad said that it had been curing all forms of female complaints for thirty years … a polite way of addressing menstrual and menopausal discomfort. Lydia […]

  • The Cowboy Soldier

    Michael Vetter was a soldier in the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Totten. Today, we bring you excerpts of three letters he wrote to his brother in Pittsburgh in January of 1876, which were translated from German. January 1st he wrote, Dear Brother, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year! […]

  • Red River Real Estate

    There was a time when land prices in North Dakota were low because there was little demand.  Many people who wanted to move west shied away from the state because of tales of Indian attacks and general lawlessness.  The notoriously cold weather also did nothing to encourage newcomers.  Consequently, there was more than enough land […]

  • Replacing Postmasters

    In 1910, Mrs. Minnie L. Budge, the Grand Forks postmistress, was ready to vacate her position. She had served as postmistress for the past four years, having replaced her husband, William Budge, who had held the office since 1898 William Budge was a bit of a jack of all trades, having emigrated from Scotland at […]