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  • Sheheke Myths Corrected

    On March 10th, we did a story on Sheheke, the Mandan chief who went east with Lewis and Clark to meet President Thomas Jefferson. Tracy Potter, who has just written a book on Sheheke, has more to say about the chief, starting with his name. William Clark called him “Big White,” which might have been [...]

  • Andy Hampsten, Cyclist

    Today is the birthday of cycling great, Andy Hampsten, who was born in 1962. Andy grew up in Grand Forks, where his parents taught English at UND. They gave him his first road bike when he turned 12, and he was smitten for life. Hampsten soon realized that U.S. television paid no attention to cycling. [...]

  • First Television, Part 2

    On this date in 1953, the state’s first commercial TV station, KCJB in Minot, began broadcasting. A Minneapolis Tribune reporter covered the story. During a live production of “Arv’s Kitchen,” Arv Johnson and Harry Burris demonstrated how to drill holes in potatoes with an apple corer, stuff the cavities with cheese and bake. Soon, viewers [...]

  • First Television, Part 1

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of North Dakota’s first television station,, going on the air as a regular commercial station. It was 1953, and that first year, Minot’s KCJB – now KXMC – chartered a plane to fly in, from Minneapolis, taped coverage of each day of the World Series. Most of the shows KCJB aired [...]

  • Fargo, Divorce Mill

    Yesterday was the anniversary of a day when North Dakota closed one of the more scandalous chapters in its history. It started in 1866, when Dakota Territory legislators allowed people to start divorce proceedings as soon as they arrived in the territory. Eleven years later, the law was amended, and a three-month residency was required [...]

  • Carol Two Eagle, Linguist Part 2

    Today, we bring you part two on Carol Two Eagle, who was secretly taught her native languages by her grandmother, Pearl, who was also mixed-blood Dakota and Polish. “(Pearl) was very harsh about some things,” Carol said. “She never took the middle ground. She used to say things like, ‘If you sit on the fence, [...]

  • Carol Two Eagle, Linguist Part 1

    Our story today is about Carol Two Eagle, known by many names including Wise Spirit. Two Eagle overcame a traumatic childhood, and when asked where she grew up, she either says in hell or in a foxhole. She emerged as a strong-willed person who does all she can to guide and protect others, both human [...]

  • Farmers’ Line

    Most of the existing railways built in the Devils Lake Basin are commonly associated with the Great Northern and Soo Line railroads. But there are two that are a little different. In 1902, the Farmers Grain & Shipping Company built a railroad known as the “Farmers’ Line” from Devils Lake to Starkweather, and then on [...]

  • Uranium Mining

    Geological research conducted between the late 1940s and late 1970s revealed more than 40 land deposits with increased radioactivity in Bowman, Slope, Stark, Billings, and Golden Valley counties, where uranium was found embedded in lignite coal. Nobody was allowed to possess uranium except the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1956, mining began, but it proved [...]

  • Who Designed the Quarter?

    On this date in 1996, the United States issued its newly redesigned $100 bill. What does that have to do with North Dakota? Nothing, really. But now that we’re on the topic of money design, we’ll tell you the story of who did or didn’t design the Washington quarter – which does link to North [...]

  • Woman Not Found Dead

    On this day in 1902, word came from Lisbon that a woman had been found dead near Velva. Elaine Lindgren wrote about it in her book, “Land in Her Own Name”: Freezing temperatures were always a threat, but the tale of Helma Nelson has a surprising twist. Helma had a claim about 13 miles northwest [...]

  • Bucky Maughan

    Today is the birthday of Bucky Maughan, who’s been coaching wrestling at NDSU since 1964. He’s a legend in American wrestling circles, both as a coach and as a wrestler himself. Maughan is only the second wrestler in the sport’s history to win two national titles in one year; he was national NAIA champion in [...]

  • Movie Fargo

    On this weekend in 1996, the movie “Fargo” premiered at the Fargo Theatre. It went on to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards that year, and news agencies descended on Fargo to cover the history-making night. The scene outside the theater was as quirky as the movie itself, as news people from [...]

  • Epping-Hillsboro Game

    Today marks the anniversary of one of the most memorable basketball games in North Dakota history – it’s often referred to as David vs. Goliath. It took place in the Bismarck Civic Center as the Hillsboro Burros took on the Epping Eagles for the 1977 State Class B Tournament. The Burros had been to State [...]

  • The Team that Overworked

    Today’s story is about teamwork – in a manner of speaking. Christian Maiers was born to the village shoemaker in Berresana, Russia, in 1862. Christian and his wife, Gottleibina, had their first child, Amelia, in 1886 – the first of their eleven children, but the only one born in Russia. Because of overpopulation and land [...]

  • 1941 Blizzard

    On March 14th, 1941, the United State Weather Bureau forecast that North Dakota would have “increasing cloudiness… followed by occasional light snow at night and on Saturday and possibly in extreme west (today); no decided change in temperature.” Many people made their weekend plans accordingly; the next morning they were encouraged with mostly fair skies [...]

  • Ice Harvesting

    In the days before refrigeration, one important winter task was ice harvesting. While today’s icehouses are associated with fishing, a hundred years ago, icehouses were insulated buildings in which ice was packed in sawdust; if the sawdust was dry enough, the ice would keep throughout an entire summer without refrigeration. The Fargo-Detroit Ice Company was [...]

  • 1st Baby and Kent Conrad

    On this day in 1802, the first non-Native American child in what is now North Dakota was born. The baby girl was born to Pierre Bonza and his wife, black slaves of Alexander Henry, Jr. The birth took place at Henry’s Pembina fur-trading post. Senator Kent Conrad’s birthday was yesterday, also. He was born in [...]

  • Liz Anderson, Songwriter

    Tomorrow is the birthday of Elizabeth Jane Haaby Anderson, a singer-songwriter born in 1930 in Roseau, Minnesota. She is the mother of country star Lynn Anderson, who we talked about February 3rd. Although her music career was somewhat overshadowed by her daughter’s success, Liz’s accomplishments are significant in her own right; daughter Lynn’s first Top-40 [...]

  • Winter Show

    Today marks the anniversary of the very first Winter Show, which was held in Valley City March 8-11, 1938. A 1938 editorial in the Valley City Times-Record described it as an educational, non-profit event to “bring together the best in the state in livestock, farm crops, manufactured products, Homemakers, 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of [...]