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  • Strikes and Martial Law, Part 1

    On September 12, 1918, a Minot story read, “Shortage of labor threatens to greatly curtail the supply of lignite coal this fall and winter from mines near this point.” By January, the story read, “Lignite coal miners in the Burlington, Minot and Noonan districts threaten a strike on January 15 if they are not given […]

  • Essie’s Story, Part 2

    Yesterday we began the story of Esther Burnett Horne, born in 1909 to a Scotch-Irishman, Finn Burnett, and a Shoshone woman, Millie Large. Essie’s early childhood in Idaho was a happy one, but when she was 13, her father died of a brain tumor. Essie’s mother was left with four pre-teens, a toddler and a […]

  • Essie’s Story

    Today is the birthday of Esther Burnett Horne, who is featured in “Essie’s Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher.” Essie was born in 1909, and the book, which she co-authored with Sally McBeth, was published in 1998, a year before Horne died. In 1871, a Scotch-Irishman named Finn Burnett was assigned agricultural […]

  • Aloha Eagles

    Today is the birthday of Aloha Pearl Taylor Brown Eagles, who was born in 1916 in Duluth. She grew up in Crosby, MN, trained as a nurse after graduating, attended the U of M for a year, and graduated from Hibbing Junior College in 1936. Aloha and her husband, Donald, moved to Fargo in 1942, […]

  • Duke Ellington

    An album that won a Grammy in 1978 was actually recorded in Fargo on this date in 1940. Duke Ellington played to a full house at the Crystal Ballroom that night, and the concert was recorded. Many people believe the band Ellington had during that period was his greatest, and the Fargo concert was among […]

  • Harvey vs. Rugby

    At this point in 1952, Harvey Highschool football players and fans were trying to get something straight. Were they the Central Conference champs or weren’t they? They were undefeated going into the final game, which ended in a tie. With Rugby. Which was also undefeated going into the final game. What to do? Harvey played […]

  • Cliff Cushman, Hero

    Tomorrow, it will be 29 years since Clifton E. Cushman was officially declared dead. He had been missing in action since September 25th, 1966, when his F-105 Thunderchief went down over the Haiphong area of Vietnam. He was 28. Cushman’s hometown was Grand Forks, where he distinguished himself as a gifted hurdler. In fact, he […]

  • Dr. Paul H. Burton

    Over the years, November 4th has often been Election Day. It was on this date in 1884 that Devils Lake was chosen as the seat of Ramsey County. In 1902, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, at age 23, was defeated in his bid for the ND State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1924, A.G. Sorlie was elected the […]

  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson

    Today is the birthday of famous Arctic explorer, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who was born in 1879 to Icelandic immigrants living in Manitoba. When he was two, the family moved to the Icelandic community of Mountain, in northeastern North Dakota, where Vilhjalmur spent the remainder of his younger years. Stefansson was a rugged boy who loved the […]

  • 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 […]