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  • Chicago Fire Touches ND

    On this fateful date in 1903, a terrible fire swept through the Iroquois Chicago Theatre during a packed, bargain-priced afternoon matinee of the play Bluebeard. The fire, which may have stemmed from an open arc spotlight, killed more than 600 people, and injured 250 more. Most of the deaths were caused by smoke inhalation and […]

  • The Dignity of Statehood

    Territorial delegates have represented territories in Congress since the late 1700s, when territories bound for statehood were granted representation in Congress.  The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 predates the Constitution, and provided for government of the Northwest Territory.  This authority was extended under the Constitution.  Early laws did not specify the duties of the territorial delegates. […]

  • Noodles By Leonardo

    Durum wheat from North Dakota makes some of the world’s greatest pasta and noodles, but for decades, those oodles of noodles were made outside the state. In fact, on this date in 1911, the Grand Forks Herald touted the quality of the “Minnesota” brand of macaroni and spaghetti that was so good that even little […]

  • Johanna Kildahl

    The League of Nations sounded like a wonderful idea, intended to provide for world peace.  The League, the brainchild of Woodrow Wilson, was one of his famous “Fourteen Points,” proposed in 1918. However, many U.S. citizens opposed joining the League of Nations, believing it would cause the U.S. to become involved in unnecessary wars. On […]

  • Hail Warrants

    North Dakota farmers are all too familiar with crop damage caused by hail.  In 2013, Governor Dalrymple declared an agricultural disaster in 31 hail damaged counties. A severe thunderstorm the following year also inflicted extensive damage from hail.  One farmer said his canola crop was waist high before the storm beat it to the ground. […]

  • A Community Christmas in Bismarck

    On this date in 1922, children in North Dakota knew exactly where Santa Claus was – he had arrived by train in Bismarck that afternoon on the No. 8 train, having abandoned sleigh and reindeer for the modern convenience.   Approximately 1500 children greeted him at the station, where he told them he was ready […]

  • Separate Ballots

    A big change was made in the voting laws of the United States in 1970.  In March of that year, Senator Ted Kennedy testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments.  He spoke in favor of lowering the voting age in national elections from 21 to 18.  He said that young people in 1970 were […]

  • Christmas Gifts

    The nature of the Christmas gift has changed over time. In the 19th Century novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit only wanted some extra coal and food for his family.   Another famous story of Christmas gifts first appeared in December 1905, written by William Sidney Porter, better known […]

  • Red River Valley Norwegians

    On this date in 1895, a convention was being conducted in Fargo to consider the needs of each of the counties in North Dakota regarding immigration. Delegates assembled from all parts of the state and created the North Dakota State Immigration Association.  Most of those attending were themselves immigrants or first generation descendants.  They believed […]

  • James B. Power

    James B. Power was born in New York State in 1833.  After studying civil engineering.  He spent a few years as the deputy state treasurer for Minnesota.  But most of his working career was spent with railroads.  The Northern Pacific Railway employed him as a clerk and later as a civil engineer.  For the Great […]

  • Splitting Dakota

    This date in 1885 was one piece of the timeline moving Dakota Territory to statehood as John Sherman, president pro tempore of the 49th U.S. Congress, was presented with a constitution and memorial assembled by Dakota Territory’s legislature. These intensely worded documents gave reasons for splitting the territory, with the half south of the 46th […]

  • Taking on the Blind Pigs

    North Dakota entered the Union as a dry state, and perhaps as a consequence, it has quite a history of bootlegging.  One place to purchase illegal alcohol was a speakeasy, named for the habit of speaking quietly at the door to avoid attracting unwanted attention.  Such establishments in North Dakota were also known as “blind […]

  • Taking on the Blind Pigs

    North Dakota entered the Union as a dry state, and perhaps as a consequence, it has quite a history of bootlegging.  One place to purchase illegal alcohol was a speakeasy, named for the habit of speaking quietly at the door to avoid attracting unwanted attention.  Such establishments in North Dakota were also known as “blind […]

  • Joe Milo and Willie Ross

    On this date in 1914, a Bottineau prisoner was raising money, so his body wouldn’t be used for science. At the time, Joe Milo was facing a death sentence for his part in a double murder at Lansford. Because he was penniless and had nobody who would pay to bury him, he knew that his […]

  • Growing Boomtown

    On this date in 2013, the city of Williston, North Dakota adopted an ordinance, proposing to annex 217 acres of land north of Highway 1804 and south of the BNSF railroad tracks. The annexation became effective on October 1, 2015. It was one of a dozen annexations that became effective on that date. At the […]

  • Goodbye, Byron

    Thirty years representing North Dakota were acknowledged in a farewell speech by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on this date in 2010. He delivered the speech on the Senate floor four weeks before his third term ended. “It’s hard to get here and it’s also hard to leave here,” he said, adding he was the 1,802nd […]

  • La Verendrye

    On this date in 1738, Pierre La Verendrye was midway through a 10 day stay with the Mandan Indians; reportedly, he and his group were the first white men to provide written records about the Native Americans they encountered. Verendrye was born at a trading post in Quebec in 1685. Native Canadians who visited the […]

  • Colonel Clement Lounsberry

    Colonel Clement Lounsberry was a well-known North Dakota figure.  Following his service in the Civil War, he started his journalism career with newspapers in Minnesota. As the railroad moved west, so did Lounsberry.  In July, 1873 he published the first issue of his Bismarck newspaper. In 1889, Lounsberry was appointed special agent of the General […]

  • Ole the Green Man

    On this date in 1914, it was reported that while in Grand Forks, Ole Evenson from Starkweather painted his entire body a bright emerald green. Nobody understood why he did it, as reported in the following newspaper story: “When a Swede deliberately takes a can of green paint, and with a brush proceeds to decorate […]

  • Corn Show

    On this date in 1912, residents and visitors to Valley City, and students throughout Barnes County, had corn on the mind. Today marked the opening of Valley City’s big Corn Show, which included a Teachers’ and Boys’ Short Course in Agriculture.   The Armory building was decorated for exhibits, including poultry, produce, and booths for […]