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  • George F. Shafer

    George F. Shafer was born in the town of Taylor in Stark County on this date in 1888. He was the first governor of North Dakota who was actually born in the state. He filled the office twice, from 1929 to 1932. Shafer’s parents, Charles and Eva, had a ranch in what is now McKenzie […]

  • U.S.S. North Dakota

    In the early 20th century, Germany, England, France and Japan were all engaged in building huge battleships called dreadnoughts; they were named after the first of their kind, the HMS Dreadnought, built by the British in 1905. Dreadnoughts were made of steel with heavy armor plating and multiple large guns. The U.S. jumped into the […]

  • First Two Senators

    On this date in 1889, the North Dakota State Legislature elected Gilbert Pierce and Lyman Casey as North Dakota’s first U.S. Senators. The McKenzie political gang was in power on one side, and on the other was the Farmer’s Alliance, whose slogan was “The Farmers Must Rule North Dakota.” Pierce was the choice of the […]

  • Willard Dowsett, Distinguished Service

    On the night of November 20, 1942, the North Dakota 164th Infantry took up positions under cover of darkness on the island of Guadalcanal, where they had been in action for almost a month. The following morning, they were instructed to cross a deep ravine and attack the Japanese who were embedded on the opposite […]

  • Jamestown College

    Jamestown College was incorporated on this day in 1883. The Presbyterians had been proposing a college somewhere in Minnesota or Dakota Territory and began receiving bids from interested cities the year before. Grand Forks made an offer, but UND was about to open in Grand Forks the following year, reducing its luster. Fergus Falls was […]

  • Black Fox

    Breathtaking hills, valleys and grassy buttes surround the town of Linton, southeast of Bismarck. East of town, stallions run with their bands of mares. They are Nokotas, the ND State Equine. In the late 1970s, Frank and Leo Kuntz of Linton bought a number of horses taken from the wild herds running in Theodore Roosevelt […]

  • The Butterfly Guy

    Today we’re talking about a man whose chronic insomnia was first his curse and then his blessing. Emil Krauth was born around 1872 in the German village of Eberbach. As a child, he became fascinated with the stone entrance to a local cemetery. Carved into the stone were butterflies, which, his pastor explained, represented the […]

  • Louis Riel Executed

    On this date in 1885, Louis Riel was executed at Regina, Saskatchewan, for treason. Riel was a Metis, a unique mixed-blood population made up primarily of French and Chippewa ancestry. As a leader of his people, Riel came to be a controversial figure in Canadian history. Riel was born in the Red River Settlement in […]

  • Ladbury Church is Saved

    The village of Sibley, on Lake Ashtabula, was formed in 1954, the same year that Karnak, named for an Egyptian king, closed its post office. They had in common the Ladbury Church. This church building was the first built in the town of Kensal, in 1899. When it closed in 1926, a rural congregation near […]

  • Doyle Set Free

    News coming out of Grand Forks on this date in 1906 stated that Martin Doyle had been acquitted for the charge of murdering his Cavalier County neighbor, Vincent Weiler. The previous winter, Weiler mysteriously disappeared, and soon after, Doyle produced a deed for Weiler’s land. The deed was executed at Snowflake, Manitoba, where the two […]

  • Whiskey Runners

    At about this time in 1920, news came from Minot that whiskey runners appeared to be making their last trips of the season. A news article read, “The runners are carrying heavy loads on their return trips from the border this week, but the roads are frozen and where the going is smooth, the ‘whiskey […]

  • Strikes and Martial Law, Part 2

    Today we continue the story of a miners’ strike that ended with Governor Lynn Frazier declaring martial law on this date in 1919. It was a year of great upheaval. Across the country, the working class rebelled against corporate greed by walking off the job. Across the country, 125,000 members of the United Mine Workers […]

  • 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 […]