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  • Major Marcus Reno’s Honor Restored

    When Major Marcus Reno died in March of 1889, he was quietly buried in an unmarked grave in Washington DC. Although officially cleared of accusations that he could have rescued Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Reno failed to escape unrelated charges of conduct unbecoming an officer. Court-martialed at Fort Meade by an […]

  • Swedish Soap

    In 1892 The Daily Argus’ “Fargo Town Talk” section covered small news stories generated from the local rumor mill. Business news, visitors to town, and jokes added light entertainment to the paper. One news-clip featured a tale told by the traveling salesman C.E. Runy. Runy, like many traveling salesmen of the time, stayed at the […]

  • Great Depression Part II

    If you were listening to Datebook yesterday, you heard about some troubles faced by Dakotans during the depression. Drought wreaked havoc on the Dakotas, causing crops to fail, sprits to drop, and problems to occur. But amidst all the grief, there is always hope. Robert Hunke, a “true pioneer” of Richardton for the past 53 […]

  • The Great Depression

    In 1936, in the midst of the “dirty thirties,” August was just one in a long line of drought-stricken months. By the beginning of the month, 236 emergency grant applications had been made to the Federal Resettlement Administration from Stark County alone. The whole state was suffering from the drought, though; it was reported in […]

  • 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 […]