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  • Dakota Territory Splits

    Dakota Territory officially became two states at 3:40 p.m. on this date in 1889. Congress had debated, for two years, whether the territory would stay intact or become two separate entities. A northern faction lobbied for a single state, but an equally determined southern faction pushed for division. In fact, southern divisionists wanted to make […]

  • King John Satterlund

    Washburn, the oldest city in McLean County, was founded on this date in 1882. The man responsible was John Satterlund, who, by the time he died, was known across the state as “King John.” Satterlund immigrated with his parents from Carlstadt, Sweden, when he was 18. He was smart, well educated, and a risk-taker. The […]

  • Gray Lady of Sims

    The town of Sims had a population of more than 1,000 people in 1884. It was only one year old, but a coal-mining boom, plus a brickyard, brought people to town in droves. Just six years later, only about 400 remained. The post office closed on this date in 1947, and Sims is now pretty […]

  • State Mill and Elevator

    On this date in 1922, Governor Rangvold Nestos pushed a button that officially started the machinery of the soon-to-be-completed North Dakota Mill and Elevator. The mill was located in downtown Grand Forks and is, to this day, the only state-owned elevator in the nation. Prior to the building of the mill, North Dakota farmers were […]

  • VC Burial Grounds

    During the late 1800s, the Minnesota Historical Society employed T. H. Lewis to do an archeological survey of rock art and Indian burial mounds in the Upper Midwest. Lewis’s careful notes, drawings and publications are, in some cases, the only remaining record of rock art that has since been destroyed. On this date in 1883, […]

  • Guadalcanal, Part 4

    Today we bring our fourth and final segment in our series on the role of North Dakota’s 164th Infantry Regiment in World War II. Between October 25th and 29th, 1942, the 164th fought alongside the 1st Marine Division to protect Henderson Field, a critical airstrip on the island of Guadalcanal. After the fierce battle on […]

  • Guadalcanal, Part 3

    For the past two days, we’ve talked about the South Pacific battle of Guadalcanal. The 164th Infantry – the ND National Guard – was sent there in October 1942 to reinforce the Marines during America’s first offensive action against the enemy in WWII. When the 164th arrived on October 13th, the Marines were holding a […]

  • Guadalcanal, Part 2

    Today is part 2 of a series on the 164th Infantry Regiment – otherwise known as the ND National Guard – at Guadalcanal during World War II. It was two months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor that the 164th was called up. In March 1942, they shipped out from San Francisco on the President […]

  • Guadalcanal

    “Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure – after Guadalcanal he retreated at ours.” With those words by Admiral “Bull” Halsey, we begin a special four-part series about North Dakota’s role in America’s first offensive action in World War II. In 1941, Imperial Japan’s war was limited to the Asian mainland, but on December […]

  • Minot Missile Base UFO

    A major encounter with a very large orange UFO took place near Minot Air Force Base on this date in 1968. It was the middle of the Cold War. Active missile sites were peppered across the North Dakota landscape, and military personnel were on high alert. At about 3 in the morning, Mike O’Connor was […]

  • Fort Abercrombie

    Fort Abercrombie, between Fargo and Wahpeton, was abandoned on this date in 1877. It was the first military post on North Dakota soil when it was thrown together in 1857. It was abandoned two years later, and then reoccupied the following year. At first it consisted of four wooden buildings, a small brick storehouse, a […]

  • New Rockford

    A North Dakota town with many names was incorporated as a city on this date in 1912. It started in 1882 as a cluster of pioneer townsites named Dunn, Dunn’s Creek and Garrison, founded by mostly Scandinavians who followed the path of buffalo hunters. When the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1883, these villages were […]

  • October 1911

    Some wild and crazy things were going on about this time in 1911. Out west, a woman was going after the Dickinson City Council. A Fargo Forum article read, “Mrs. Anna Lenneville sent a communication to the city council in which she cited the fact that she had been a resident of Dickinson for thirty […]

  • Most Decorated Soldier

    As an infantryman, Woodrow Wilson Keeble of Wahpeton became the state’s most decorated soldier. He fought with the ND 164th in WWII and as a marksman and expert with a Browning Automatic Rifle, he had one of the military’s most dangerous jobs – yet he survived more than five years of ground fighting in that […]

  • Edward Curtis, Photographer

    When Edward Curtis died on this date in 1952, he left behind a massive body of work – 20 volumes of photographs attempting to capture a way of life that had largely ceased to exist. Curtis was born in Wisconsin in 1868 but grew up near Cordova, MN. When he was 21, he moved with […]

  • Beer and Bloodshed

    Prohibition in North Dakota was in full force in 1910, and on this date of that year, the question in Minot was, “Who Stole the City’s Beer?” The story read, “When a number of blind pigs about the city were pulled recently, the amber fluid was confiscated and stored away in the archives of the […]

  • Dakota Boys Ranch

    Walter Paul Buck was born in Garrison on this date in 1915. He was the son of Reverend Paul and Clara Buck and received his post-secondary education at Concordia Jr. College in St. Paul and at UND. Walter married Ella Sailer in Stanton in 1941, and with his subsequent jobs, they traveled the globe. He […]

  • Chips for Church

    In 1878, Mr. M. H. Jewell became the new owner of the Bismarck Tribune, which he published until his death in 1911. In 1920, Jewell’s widow wrote a lengthy article about the early days of Bismarck, in which she said, “The Presbyterian church was organized in June, 1873, in a tent on Mainstreet near Third. […]

  • Ann Brown Bolin

    Ann Brown Bolin was born on this date in 1893 and died in Cass County exactly 81 years later. She studied sculpture at the NDAC in Fargo and then got her masters degree from Columbia University, where she studied under Grant Wood, Malderelli and Alexander Archipenko. Bolin worked in stone, wood, and clay and eventually […]

  • Ernest Sands

    Lt. Ernest M. Sands of Minot was a bombardier for the 458th Bomb Group when he was shot down over Cologne, Germany, on this date in 1944. Sands was aboard a B-24 piloted by William Klusmeyer and knew everyone in the crew except the 2nd navigator, who called himself M.C. Upon reaching the target, the […]