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  • Butch Sundance and Walness

    On December 12th, 1913, a Grand Forks story reported the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch had just been in town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 but couldn’t say […]

  • B-17 Minot Crash

    On this date in 1944, a four-engine B-17 bomber crashed three miles north of Minot. Al Erb said he saw the plane fly in low over his farm buildings, swing around with its right wing dipping lower, then watched it “sideslip” into his cornfield. Erb and his son, Ray, found five crew members dead and […]

  • Mixed-Up Towns

    Towner isn’t in Towner County, it’s McHenry County’s seat; the town of McHenry, however, is in Foster County. Cavalier isn’t in Cavalier County; it’s the county seat of Pembina County. Beach is the county seat of Golden Valley County, but Golden Valley is in Mercer County. So is Stanton, Mercer County’s seat, but Mercer, the […]

  • Tall Tower Three

    We’ve spent the last two days talking about the highest and second highest land-based, man-made structures in the world – both of them are in North Dakota: the KVLY tower near Blanchard and the KXJB tower near Galesburg. Today we bring you the story of another tower that was planned for the state but never […]

  • Tall Tower Two

    Yesterday, we talked about the KTHI transmission tower – now used by KVLY – near Blanchard. It was built in 1963 and holds the record of being the tallest man-made, land-based structure in the world. What some people don’t realize is that North Dakota also has the second tallest structure in the world – the […]

  • Tall Towers One

    On this date in 1966, The North Dakota Board of Higher Education accepted title to the KTHI-TV tower from the Pembina Broadcasting Co. The move put the gigantic tower into the hands of the state, gave Pembina Broadcasting a tax break, and allowed UND and NDSU to add a powerful antenna for broadcasting educational television […]

  • Lloyd Rigler, Philanthropist

    Lloyd Rigler, an entrepreneur and avid arts philanthropist, passed away one year ago in his home in California at the age of 88. He made his fortune with a recipe for a meat condiment. Rigler was born in Lehr in 1915; when he was four, the family moved to Wishek, about 70 miles southwest of […]

  • Chief Gall, Part 2

    Yesterday was the 110th anniversary of the death of a Lakota man, Chief Gall; Sitting Bull relied on him for their war maneuvers, including the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Dr. Charles Eastman, a Wahpeton Sioux physician, historian and author, wrote, “Gall was considered by both Indians and whites to be a most impressive type […]

  • Chief Gall, Part 1

    Sitting Bull’s war chief, Gall, died on this date 110 years ago. The Hunkpapa chief played a major role in the Lakota’s war with the United States. Gall was born around 1840 near the Moreau River in South Dakota. His early childhood name was Matohinsda, which means Bear Shedding His Hair. His parents died when […]

  • Woebegone Trivia

    Here’s a bit of trivia for fans of Gary Edward Keillor – otherwise known as Garrison – of Lake Woebegone. Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, which was, at that time, a small town outside Minneapolis. He was the third of six children. In 2001, Keillor told the Washington Post, “My father worked the […]

  • Shirley Plume, BIA Superintendent

    On this day in 1973, Shirley Plume was appointed Bureau of Indian Affairs Agency Supt. for the Standing Rock Reservation of North and South Dakota. It was a major milestone. Plume was born in 1920 in Interior, a small town on the southern rim of the South Dakota Badlands. As a member of the Oglala […]

  • Three Calvins and a Cook

    North Dakota has had two different towns named Calvin. The first one, in Rolette County, consisted of a rural post office established October 23, 1899. The postmaster was named Ira Eisenhour, but his job was short lived. His post office order was rescinded almost exactly a year later, and that was the end of Calvin […]

  • Mayville Normal School

    Mayville State University opened its doors as Mayville Normal School on this date in 1890. North Dakota had been in business as a state for only one year at that time. Bismarck had retained the state capitol, but other towns and cities wanted a share of the spoils, as well. George H. Walsh, a wheeler-dealer […]

  • Fort Sauerkraut

    The Dakota Territory Indian Wars primarily ended when Sitting Bull surrendered his people at Ft. Buford in 1875. Tribes were confined to reservations with poor land where wild game had been hunted to near extinction. The government promised them rations and supplies, but graft and corruption was so rampant in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, […]

  • Cass Gilbert, Architect

    A number of wonderful restorations have saved many worthy historic buildings around the state during the past several decades. Among these nick-of-time projects was the restoration of Fargo’s Northern Pacific Depot. Construction of the building began in 1898 and was finished in 1900. The architect was Cass Gilbert, who was born on this date in […]

  • Fort Pembina Makes Merry

    During the summer of 1801, Alexander Henry and his employees built a new trading post named “Fort Pembina” near the Red River just south of the Canadian border. They had built a different post the year before and called it Park River, but a spring flood forced them to relocate. Sometime that summer, they began […]

  • Comanche, Bighorn Survivor

    The 7th Cavalry’s lone survivor at the Battle of the Little Bighorn was a horse named Comanche. During the battle, many soldiers slaughtered and hid behind their horses for cover, but it’s reported that Lt. Col. Myles Keough kept his horse alive and crouched between Comanche’s legs as he fought. Keough was killed, but victorious […]

  • Ralph Engelstad

    It was two years ago today that UND benefactor, Ralph Engelstad, quietly passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He is primarily remembered for his sense of humor, his philanthropy, his humanitarian spirit, and his savvy business ventures. Engelstad was born in 1930, the grandson of a Norwegian immigrant who farmed potatoes near Thief […]

  • Thanksgiving News, 1931

    As it does this year, Thanksgiving Day also fell on November 25th in 1931. Around the state that year, there was good news, and there was bad news. In Minot, 13 year-old Boy Scout, Arthur Grandin, received a certificate of heroism from the National Boy Scout Court of Honor that day. The previous summer, Arthur […]

  • Marquis de Mores

    The Medora Stage and Forwarding Company was incorporated by the Marquis de Mores on this date in 1884. It consisted of a stagecoach line between Medora and Deadwood, South Dakota. The Marquis, otherwise known as Antoine-Adedee-Marie-Vincent-Amat Manca de Vallombrosa, got off the train in Dakota Territory in the spring of 1883. The handsome 25 year-old […]