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  • Padlock Patent

    The oldest known lock was found in the ruins of Khorsabad Palace near Nineveh. It was made of wood and was estimated to be 4,000 years old. Brass and iron padlocks found in Europe and the Far East were popularized by the Romans and the Chinese, who favored their portability. In North Dakota – after […]

  • Nettie Roberts, Survivor

    Women homesteaders who were single or widowed had much to contend with while proving up. In her book, “Land in Her Own Name,” North Dakota author, Elaine Lindgren wrote, “For those who had grown up on their parents’ farms, the skills needed for living on their own claims came as second nature, but young women […]

  • Ft. Union Rendezvous

    Today is the beginning of a four-day Ft. Union historical rendezvous, an annual event celebrating the history of the fur trade, early exploration, and the peaceful relations that existed between Ft. Union traders and the tribes of the Upper Missouri region in the early to mid-1800s. The event will end Sunday, on the anniversary of […]

  • Phil Jackson, Part 2

    Yesterday, we began the story of Phil Jackson, who was born in 1945 in Deer Lodge, MT, and grew up in Williston. He got his big break as an NBA coach in 1988, during his stint as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls. Soon after, he was named head coach, and led the Bulls to […]

  • Flag Day

    Today is Flag Day, a holiday that’s not overly observed but which, nonetheless, has an interesting story. The United States flew its first flag – called the Grand Union – on January 1st, 1776. It had 13 alternating red and white stripes, and in the canton – that’s the box in the upper left hand […]

  • Abe Lincoln’s Hat

    One of Abraham Lincoln’s personal bodyguards was Smith Stimmel, who later practiced law in North Dakota. In his book, “Personal Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln,” he wrote that the president’s hat was always dented and messed up. One evening he learned why. As Stimmel accompanied Lincoln’s carriage to his summer home, they met a military officer […]

  • Writing Rock

    In the extreme northwest corner of the state, near Grenora, are two huge granite boulders covered with extraordinary examples of pictographic writing, a form of communication often used by peoples who otherwise had no written language. One recognizable petroglyph is of a Thunderbird, an image that’s been used by Native Americans since the time of […]

  • Bones in the Basement

    It was reported on this date in 1895 that the town of Forman had “been thrown into a fever of excitement over the finding of a number of human bones and teeth in the cellar of a vacant house…” A man named John C. Birch and his family had last occupied the house. Six years […]

  • Convict Confesses to Murder

    About this time in 1949, North Dakotans were learning that a man doing time for forgery in a Michigan prison had confessed to killing two people in North Dakota four years earlier. One of his victims was shot in a beauty salon in Jamestown, and the other was a previously unreported murder of a man […]

  • Anson Northrup

    On this date in 1859, Anson Northrup’s steamboat arrived at Fort Garry, in present-day Manitoba, and residents celebrated with both thanksgiving and gunpowder. It was the first time a boat had successfully navigated the Red River, and commerce there would be changed forever. In “The Challenge of the Prairie,” Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “No real progress […]

  • Fargo’s 1893 Fire

    On this day in 1893, a huge portion of Fargo was smoldering after being burned to the ground. At 2:15 the previous afternoon, something took placed behind Herzman’s Dry Goods Store at 512 Front Street – or current-day Main Avenue. According to a Fargo Forum special edition, the fire began when someone from the Little […]

  • Karen Louise Erdrich, Author

    Today is the 50th birthday of Karen Louise Erdrich, one of the most uniquely gifted writers in the country and one of the finest to emerge from North Dakota. She is the oldest of six children. Her German-American father and French-Ojibwe mother taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school in Wahpeton, and her […]

  • Endangered Least Terns

    A small member of the gull and tern family is an endangered species called the Least Tern – of 2500 pairs that still exist, about 100 are nesting along the Missouri and Yellowstone River systems in North Dakota right now. Least Terns are only 9″ long, are gray on the tail, back and wings, and […]

  • Sea Serpent Connections

    During this week in 1893, residents of Milton, ND, were searching for a sea serpent. A May 25th article in the Milton Globe stated, “It is reported that something resembling a young sea serpent has been seen in the lake just north of town. If the weather warms up a little next week, we intend […]

  • Darin Erstad, Baseball Great

    Today is the birthday of baseball great, Darin Erstad of Jamestown. He was the #1 overall pick in the Junior Amateur Draft in 1995, when he was chosen to join the Anaheim Angels. As a youth, Erstad excelled in almost every team sport offered in Jamestown. While at Jamestown High School, he was the state […]

  • North Country Trail

    This Saturday, June 5th, Americans across the country will lace up their hiking boots and head out to enjoy the 12th Annual National Trails Day. The event has been organized by the American Hiking Society and is expected to draw more than a million participants to nearly 2,000 trail-related events across the country. Here in […]

  • Prairie Rattlers

    Rattlesnake season is upon us – anyway for those of us who live west of the Missouri River. Rattlers will need a full meal every 10 days until the weather reaches the 80s and 90s; then, they will need to eat only once every three weeks. During the fall, they’ll increase their meals to once […]

  • Peregrine Falcons

    On this date in 2001, fans of peregrine falcon were ecstatic to learn that Dakota Ace and Goldie’s eggs were beginning to hatch. It was the first time in almost 50 years that the endangered species had nested in North Dakota. It started in 1990, when two peregrines were spotted near the top of the […]

  • Belhammer Saves Child

    Gordon Keeney was aboard the steamboat Dakota when he witnessed a dramatic rescue attempt by a burly German immigrant. Seventy-six years later, Keeney’s written account was published in the Fargo Forum. In 1874, the Dakota was steaming north down the Red River with a maximum load of 175 Canadian, Scotch, British and Irish passengers. Because […]

  • The Banana Possum

    In the news on this day in 1895 was the following article: “When George Freeman was taking down a bunch of bananas at his father’s store in Fargo, he noticed a nest tightly fastened to the stock of the bunch. On prying the nest away, he found it to be a banana possum, and now […]