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  • UFOs, Snakes and Rats

    “Nothing is so busy as an idle rumor.” That was the parting shot reported in the Bismarck Tribune about this time in 1948. Seems the reporters had recently been led on some wild goose chases. The story read: “Newsmen had a busy time last Saturday morning chasing leads on a flying saucer story. The story […]

  • Badlands Bill McCarty

    Will Harrison was born in Iowa in 1875, but in constant search of a better life, his family moved around a lot. Will’s father died while he was still young, so he went to live with, and work for, a family named McCarty, whose name he eventually took as his own. By age 21, he […]

  • Brigadier General Edward Godfrey

    Yesterday was the birthday of Edward Settle Godfrey, who was born in Ohio in 1843. When he was just 18, he went against his parents’ wishes and joined the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry — to their great relief, he fought in the Civil War just four months. But, it was long enough to get soldiering […]

  • Cowboy Cookin

    Trail bosses knew the better the cook, the better the men he could hire, because one of the few pleasures in a cowpoke’s day was eating. Preferred cuisine included beans, Sourdough Biscuits, Red Bean Pie and Vinegar Pie. Here’s the recipe for another delicacy, Sonofabitch Stew: Kill off a young steer. Cut up about a […]

  • Flirting with the Angels

    On this day in 1915, The Gackle Republican ran a front-page story titled “Flirting with the Angels.” Turns out Jack Strausser, of Havelock, had picked up fifty pounds of dynamite from C. C. Culver’s coal mine and was hauling it in his horse-drawn buggy. When turning a corner, one side of his buggy seat dropped, […]

  • Homesteading Near Fort Abercrombie

    Andrew Paulson met Hanna Broken in western Wisconsin, where they were married in 1869. Both were Norwegian immigrants, and for a time, Andrew supported Hanna as a logger. Three years later, however, they had lost everything in a bad business deal. In 1871, Andrew left Hanna in Chippewa Falls and headed west to Fort Abercrombie […]

  • Jim Johnston, Rodeo Star

    Today is the birthday of Jim Johnston, who was born north of Watford City on this date in 1937. Jim was only two years old when his father, Andy, died. After that, Jim and his brothers went to live with their bachelor uncle, Ben Johnston, who also ranched near Watford City. Jim quit school when […]

  • Comet

    More than two hundred million years ago – but probably not on this date – a meteorite slammed into what is now McKenzie County, leaving behind a crater 5-miles across. Many people confuse meteors with shooting stars. Generally, a shooting star is the size of a grain of sand. A meteor, on the other hand, […]

  • Chief Gall’s Grave

    Gall was a Hunkpapa Lakota chief who Sitting Bull relied on for his skill as a warrior and leader. As a child, Gall was called Matohinshda, which means Bear-Shedding-His-Hair. One of the child’s earliest adventures took place when he was just three years old. His mother strapped him into a travois pulled by a trustworthy […]

  • Lulu’s Lockup

    Lulu Knapp Quick was born on the Helena Farm near Cooperstown on this date in 1902. This farmsite later formed the nucleus for Revere, reputed to be the only town on the Great Northern railroad town with a depot on the south side of the tracks. Lulu’s parents were Mamie Remington, who was born in […]

  • The Brick Thrower

    On this date in 1914, police stormed the roof of a Grand Forks hotel, where a man named Oscar Albertson had been “defending himself valiantly with bricks and other missiles” for half an hour. The story read, “Albertson, it appears, showed signs of violence the night before, but was finally pacified and persuaded to go […]

  • Prohibition

    On this day in 1889, North Dakota elected its first state officials and approved its first Constitution. Within the Constitution, but subject to a separate vote, was an article prohibiting the sale of alcohol, which narrowly passed. South Dakotans managed to repeal their anti-alcohol law six years later, but in North Dakota, prohibitionists managed to […]

  • Datebook Anniversary

    Today is a milestone in the history of Dakota Datebook itself. This is our 730th episode – marking our second full year of programming. When we began airing the program in October 2003, we all wondered if we’d find enough stories. Luckily, there were more than we ever dreamed. We’ve learned that contrary to popular […]

  • Largest Lawsuit Award

    Shane Stromsodt was born in Grand Forks in May 1959, and at four months, he was inoculated for diphtheria, whooping cough, polio and tetanus with a brand new antigen called Quadrigen, manufactured by Parke-Davis & Co. of Detroit. Following a second dose of Quadrigen, a month later, Shane’s mom noticed he had a rash on […]

  • Susan B. Anthony

    On this day in 1890, women from all over were in Jamestown taking part in the state’s first Woman’s Christian Temperance Union – or WCTU – convention, a 4-day, anti-liquor gathering. When Jamestown was founded as a tent village in 1872, two of the first buildings erected were saloons. At the time of the convention, […]

  • Bungled Train Robbery

    This date in 1897 was an inglorious day for a young group of would-be train robbers. The previous night at about midnight, westbound Train No. 1 was late in arriving in Fargo. The Bismarck Tribune reported: “The delay was due to the special request of a number of highwaymen and was unavoidable under the circumstances, […]

  • Antoine Gingras, Fur Trader

    That’s a song written by Pierre Falcon in 1816 to memorialize the Battle of Seven Oaks, in which the French-Chippewa Métis fought and killed 23 Selkirk settlers. The battle was a defining moment for the Métis, cementing them as a separate and unique culture. Falcon named his tune “La Chanson de la Grenouillere” or “The […]

  • Flying Machine

    On this date in 1914, the Hansboro News reported: “Several farms and members of a threshing crew claim to have seen what appeared to be a flying machine in the sky a couple of miles north of town last Saturday afternoon. They claim the object was high in the air and came from the north […]

  • Church and Politics

    On this date in 1917, Grand Forks Police Chief J. W. Lave banned automobiles from parking “in the immediate vicinity of churches” when worship services were being held. Clergymen had been protesting their services were being drowned out “by the noises of the machines.” Also on this date, Richard M. Nixon came to Bismarck in […]

  • Lute Olson, Part 2

    Yesterday, we told you about the formative years of Lute Olson, now coach of the Arizona Wildcats. When he was just five years old, both his father and older brother died. His mother sold their farm near Hatton and squeaked out a living by working odd jobs in Mayville. In 1951, the family moved to […]