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  • A Long Awaited Party

    May 17 commemorates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814.  Syttende Mai is a big holiday in Norway.  Every town has a celebration.  In the capitol of Oslo, a children’s parade ends at Castle Square where the Norwegian royal family greets the participants.  It is a holiday not just in Norway, but wherever there are […]

  • Zip to Zap

    Today is the anniversary of the only official riot in state history. In the spring of 1969, NDSU student body president, Chuck Stroup, couldn’t afford to go to Florida for spring break. So, he came up with a cheap alternative – a gathering near his hometown of Hazen called “Zip to Zap.” He took the […]

  • A Warning to License Cars

    The first automobile in North Dakota appeared on the streets of Grand Forks in 1897, having wandered across the Red River from Minnesota. But the first car actually owned by a citizen of North Dakota wasn’t recorded until 1900.  By 1902, cars were becoming more common.  Many people drove two-seaters that sold for $250.  Banker […]

  • Lyman R. Casey

    Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t the only New Yorker who renewed himself in North Dakota. Lyman Rufus Casey, born on this date in 1837, came to Carrington in 1882. The climate agreed with him after “sickness of a serious character” had forced him into early retirement 10 years earlier. Casey was a businessman trained in hardware. He […]

  • Southern ND Tornados

    High winds are a defining feature of North Dakota, but tornados are something else.  Fargo’s deadly 1957 tornado damaged over 1,000 homes and killed ten people. A Watford City twister in 2014 brought winds up to 120 miles per hour and injured a teenager. And a tornado west of the Turtle Mountains in 1996 left […]

  • Upright Sleeper

    We’ve all heard about talking in your sleep – and many of us do. And then there’s sleep walking, but today’s story is about something far more unusual. On this date in 1905, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican published a story about a woman named Mary Dickerson, who was called Aunt Dickie by most […]

  • Oxford House

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Often it takes the efforts of dedicated preservationists to wrest a structure from the wrecking ball.  Such was the case with the Oxford House on the University of North Dakota campus.  Designed by Joseph […]

  • Milk Wars

    America has a long history of contention over milk production.  In 1883, a so-called “milk war” broke out in New York State when farmers demanded a higher price for milk.  When distributors refused, the farmers formed “spilling committees.”  They waylaid milk on the way to market and dumped it on the side of the road. […]

  • Immigrant Trains

    The first Great Dakota Boom took place during the 1880s, when towns sprang up almost overnight. One pioneer wrote, “Language cannot exaggerate the rapidity with which these communities are built up. You may stand ankle deep in the short grass of the uninhabited wilderness; next month mixed trains will glide over the waste and stop […]

  • Mosasaurs

    Today we’re bringing you a glimpse of what our state was like before humans came. On this date, 75 million years ago, the area around Cooperstown was under salt water. Actually, a shallow, sub-tropical sea covered almost the entire state. The Pierre Sea was part of the Western Interior Seaway, which divided the North American […]

  • John Fraine’s Enlistment

    John Fraine was the tenth Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota and he also served in the North Dakota House, and one contribution he made to the state that’s still familiar today is the state flag, which he introduced to the legislature in 1911. But Fraine also served in the military. It was on this date […]

  • Kensal Incorporates

    The story of Kensal, North Dakota starts with two homesteading shacks in the middle of the prairie, about 30 miles north of Jamestown. Like many other towns in North Dakota, it grew up along a rail line in the early 1890s. A train station was built near the two shacks 1892. One of those shacks […]

  • Harrison A. Bronson

    Diversity defined Harrison A. Bronson’s working life, which brought him to law offices, a bank, a seminary, the state mill and the North Dakota Supreme Court. Bronson was born in 1873 in Michigan. He came to North Dakota for higher education and studied at the University of North Dakota. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts […]

  • Pioneer Priest

    When Dakota Territory became North and South Dakota in 1889, the Catholic Church split the Vicariate of Dakota into two dioceses, Sioux Falls and Jamestown.  In 1899, Father Vincent Wehrle and a few monks began monastic life at Richardton, North Dakota.  The new monastery was called St. Mary’s Priory.  By 1900, the Priory had added […]

  • McKenzie County

    The largest and one of the last counties to organize in North Dakota did so on this date in 1905. McKenzie County was created in 1883 by the territorial legislature, but the legislature eliminated the county in 1891 due to its lack of settlement, but recreated the county in 1905. The county was named for […]

  • Rising Water

    On this date in 1974, an estimated 4,000 people were moving out of their homes in Minot as the Souris River approached flood stage.  Minot Mayor Chester Reiten said that dikes already in place could hold back the river until it reached a flow of 3,600 cubic feet per second.  But it was expected to […]

  • C.H. Olson Was Cando’s Horse King

    North Dakotans have not always been privileged to own cars and tractors. Before such luxuries existed, horses served as the main means of travel; and they pulled plows and hauled heavy loads on farms.  Buying and selling horses was a vital part of life even after automobiles and tractors became common. One of North Dakota’s […]

  • Horses and Mules

    In the early 1900s, horsepower was provided by, well … horses.  They were commonly used in cities as well the country.  In 1879, the first streetcars in Fargo were pulled by horses.  This began to change when an electric system was established in 1904, but horses remained in use for many years.  Postcards and photos […]

  • Sociologist George Lundberg

    Before he was president of the American Sociological Association, George Lundberg spent his youth in North Dakota. He was born in 1895 in Fairdale, North Dakota to Swedish immigrants. Lundberg received his first eight years of education in a one-room schoolhouse. By age sixteen, he was a public school teacher just three miles from home. […]

  • Oskar Hedman, Titanic Survivor

    On this date in 1912, 27-year-old Oskar Hedman was returning to North Dakota from Sweden. Known to his friends as “Happy,” Oskar had lived around Bowman for six years, farming, selling land and working as a settlement recruiter. On this trip, Hedman and at least 15 prospective settlers were traveling in 3rd class steerage on […]