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  • Matt Cullen

    Today is the birthday of Matt Cullen, an NHL hockey player who has played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the Florida Panthers and now with the Carolina Hurricanes. Matt was born in 1976 in the town of Virginia on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. His father, Terry Cullen, was one of Minnesota’s all-time great […]

  • Mysterious Airship

    Today we bring you a story of a strange craft reported in a 1914 Hansboro newspaper article titled, “AIRSHIP NEAR HANSBORO: Traveling East It Is Seen By Several Farmers and Threshing Crew North Of Town.” The article went on to say, “Several farms and members of a threshing crew claim to have seen what appeared […]

  • NW Airlines Crash

    On this day in 1941, a Northwest Airlines passenger plane crashed north of Moorhead where the American Crystal Sugar plant would later stand. The flight originated in Minneapolis and was to land in Fargo, but as the plane flew over Barnesville, MN, pilot Clarence Bates noticed ice on his wings. As he descended to 600 […]

  • Hunting Bits

    Today, we’re bringing you a variety of stories from around the state in the fall of 1914. Here’s a bit of trivia from a Towner County newspaper: “For every five square miles of plowing you travel 2,500 miles. That’s equal to a single furrow all the way around the earth. Getting enough wheat for a […]

  • Guadalcanal Part 4

    Today we bring you part four of our series on the role of North Dakota’s 164th Infantry Regiment at Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942. Between October 25th and 29th, the 164th fought alongside the 1st Marine Division to protect a critical airstrip called Henderson Field. After the fierce battle on the night of the […]

  • Guadalcanal Part 3

    For the past two days, we’ve talked about the South Pacific battle of Guadalcanal. The 164th Infantry (North Dakota 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 critical airstrip […]

  • Guadalcanal Part 2

    Today is part 2 of a series on the 164th Infantry Regiment (the ND National Guard) at Guadalcanal during World War II. The 164th was called up on February 10th, 1941, two months after Pearl Harbor. In March 1942, they shipped out from San Francisco on the Pres. Coolidge, destination South Pacific. They were to […]

  • Guadalcanal

    In 1941, Imperial Japan was fighting a war on the Asian mainland. Then, on December 7th, they left their shores and flew east and south to simultaneously attack the Philippines, Wake, Guam, Hong Kong, the Malay Peninsula and Pearl Harbor. The United States was poorly prepared for war in the South Pacific; the administration had […]

  • Butte St. Paul

    On this date in 1935, about 50 acres surrounding Butte St. Paul, near Dunseith, was deeded to the state as an historic site. Back in the winter of 1850, a bitter winter storm hit the area, and to thank God for deliverance, Father George Belcourt erected a wooden cross at the top of the butte. […]

  • Big Whoo

    A celebrity named Big Whoo came up from South Dakota to go on tour here in 1959. Between October 19th and October 24rd, he made appearances at the Sandhill Feeders Sale in McCleod, the Harrington Livestock Sale in Valley City, the Dakota Maid Warehouse in Fargo, and at the Harrington Livestock Sale in Mayville. On […]

  • Old Stone Church

    “Were it not for the prairie church, the vast North Dakota landscape would stretch unbroken to the horizon. Often founded by first-generation settlers from Germany, Poland, Iceland, Russia and Scandinavia, the simple prairie church was usually the first building to go up when a town was settled – and the last to close its doors […]

  • Justice Paul Sand

    It was on this date in 1911 that Crosby was incorporated. Like many other fledgling towns, Crosby was originally in a different location, about one mile west of where it now stands. After the railroads came through, the townsite was moved to a spot about midway between the original location and a hamlet named Imperial. […]

  • W. T. Montgomery, part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part one of the William Thornton Montgomery story. William, better known as Thornton, was born into slavery in 1843 on the Joseph Davis plantation in Mississippi; Thornton’s father was educated and was Joe Davis’s personal business manager. After the Civil War, the Montgomery men purchased the plantation, along with Brierfield, which […]

  • W. T. Montgomery, Black Bonanza Farmer

    On this date in 1890, the “Fargo Sunday Argus” published two different stories about William Thornton Montgomery and his brother, Isaiah. William’s story was a biographical sketch about his move to North Dakota. Isaiah’s story covered a lengthy speech he delivered during the Mississippi Constitutional Convention in 1890. Isaiah was the only black delegate, and […]

  • Long X Ranch

    The Long X Ranch is the largest and, possibly, the most historic cattle ranch in McKenzie County. The original ranch site was on Squaw Creek, southwest of Watford City, near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The first whites to claim the acreage were two sheepherders named Hall and Braden. This was during […]

  • Cargo Surprise

    On this weekend in 1959, Fargo merchants were hosting an Indian Summer festival in Island Park. A Rapid City visitor, Fred Ironeyes, had been drinking a bit when he spotted a truck with the keys inside. He jumped inside and headed west, made a hard right turn into a fire hydrant and then sideswiped a […]

  • Chocolate Covered Cherries

    It was on this date in1959 that the Fargo Forum published an article about chocolate covered cherries called “Mystery is Revealed.” The article read: Probably one of the most mysterious secrets of the candy industry…is the secret of how the liquid gets inside a cordial cherry. The average person’s imagination has run the gamut of […]

  • Home on the Range for Boys

    It was on this date in 1959 that a Catholic priest named Elwood Cassedy died in Beach, ND, at the age of 51. He was the founder of the Home on the Range for Boys near Sentinel Butte. Cassedy was born in Jersey City, NJ, on April 9th, 1908. After graduating from St. Patrick’s Grammar […]

  • Mujeres Unidas Quinceanera

    The grassroots organization, Mujeres Unidas (that’s Spanish for Women United)is celebrating its 15th birthday this week. In a Hispanic woman’s life, her 15th birthday is her most important; it’s the day she joins the community as a full adult member. In Spanish, this celebration is known as Quinceanera (keen-say-ahn-yar’-uh) – a tradition that dates back […]

  • Elwyn Robinson, historian

    Today is the birthday of historian Elwyn Robinson; many Dakota Datebook segments have been helped along because of his exceptional research. Robinson was the son of a photographer and was born near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1905. Elwyn displayed many interests as a child, including tennis, handball, marksmanship, football and the game of chess. He graduated […]