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  • Pembina in MN

    There was a time when a portion of what are now North and South Dakota, including Pembina, was governed by Minnesota Territory, which organized in 1849. Postmaster Norman Kittson, a rather somber-looking man, served as Pembina County Senator, and fur trader Jolly Joe Rolette – also a somber-looking man – served as Representative. To reach [...]

  • Cavileer

    Today is the birthday of Charles Cavileer, who was born in 1818. He was a saddler by trade, and while living in St. Paul, he was also a druggist, a postal worker and the Territorial Librarian. Cavileer was also adventurous, and in 1851, he brought to Pembina the first permanent group of agricultural settlers to [...]

  • The Flower Woman

    This is the time of year we thumb through seed catalogues, but many of those seeds are available only because of the work of one of the most famous gardeners to come out of North Dakota – Fannie Mahood Heath, who was born on this day in 1864 in Wykoff, Minnesota. At the 1933 Chicago [...]

  • Diversity in the ND Senate

    Ole and Lena jokes might make it seem like North Dakota has nothing but Norwegians, but the state’s population represents a very wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Just 65 years ago, the WPA employed the ND Writers Project to record personal histories of the state’s oldest settlers. At that point, foreign-born citizens represented forty-two different [...]

  • The Last Switchboard

    By 1968, North Dakota became one of ten states where all communities used dial telephones. The last manually operated system to convert was in Almont where, for 14 years, the switchboard was housed in Ralph and Pearl Tavis’s living room. Under the same roof, they ran the Tavis Cafe, a hotel and a laundromat. “All [...]

  • Maxwell Anderson

    Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the death of playwright Maxwell Anderson, who died in 1959. He was one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century. Born in 1888, Anderson spent his first three years on a farm near Atlantic, Pennsylvania. His father worked as a railroad fireman while studying at night to [...]

  • Nancy Hendrickson

    Today is the birthday of a sweet-spirited woman, Nancy Hendrickson; she was born in 1886 in a house built of cottonwood by Nancy’s Swedish father, Sone Christenson. They homesteaded on the Heart River where, just 10 years before, the 7th Cavalry crossed on their way to the Little Bighorn. Nancy was the only one of [...]

  • Red River Valley University

    n his poem, “Reborn,” Bishop Ralph Spaulding Cushman wrote: Deaf, dumb, and blind, I walked His earth, I breathed His air, a thankless clod, Until that blessed summer’s night When my dead soul found life and God!* It was on this day in 1891 that the North Dakota Methodists founded a private school in Wahpeton, [...]

  • Deathbed Confession

    Women who homesteaded alone in North Dakota faced many challenges – from the land, the weather, natural disasters, hunger, disease and isolation. Another threat came from unwanted attentions from men, and many female homesteaders grabbed loaded guns when strange men approached their shanties. Since it was considered shameful to be the victim of sexual attacks, [...]

  • The Oblong Box

    On this date in 1905, the Courier Democrat of Cavalier County ran a story about a paymaster who got spooked at the railroad station in Drayton. Before heading for Drayton, Willard Bugbee went to the bank to withdraw $12,000 so he could pay off the section’s railroad workers. At the train station, he noticed that [...]

  • Varsity Bachelor Club

    On this date in 1902, ten young, turned-down, heart-pierced UND men founded the Varsity Bachelor Club. “We had all been fooled to the top of our bent,” one said, “had all received the cold answer ‘No,’ when we had every reason to expect ‘Yes.’ At this ill treatment and Miss-usage, we were so indignant that [...]

  • Dog Finds Skull

    An 1895 article in the Milton Globe read: “A dog at Devils Lake appeared on the streets carrying a human head. It proved to be that of Jack Kenny, whom the state’s attorney had exhumed for the purpose of using as evidence before the jury…The door was left open, and the dog went in and [...]

  • Polly Hamilton and Dillinger, Part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part one in the story of how Fargo native, Polly Hamilton, became the girlfriend of John Dillinger and was with him when the FBI gunned him down outside a Chicago movie theater. Hamilton claimed she knew the man only as Jimmy Lawrence and went into hiding. In April 1934 – 3 [...]

  • Polly Hamilton and Dillinger, Part 1

    Today marks the anniversary of Polly Hamilton, who died in Chicago in 1969 under the name, Edythe Black. Since 1934, Polly’s name had been forever linked to notorious gangster, John Dillinger. Today we bring you part one of their story. Dillinger was likable as a kid – smart with good grades. Even at the time [...]

  • Opera Houses

    It was on this in 1735 that the first opera performance in America took place. The opera was Flora, and it was performed in Charleston, South Carolina. As North Dakota entered statehood, many small towns boasted opera houses where rough-hewn farm families could enjoy “higher” culture. In his book, “The Story of North Dakota,” Erling [...]

  • The James Gang in ND

    The anniversary of Frank James’s death in 1972 is reported as either this past Sunday or tomorrow, so today’s story lands somewhere in the middle. A sign in Missouri states: Young Jesse James was plowing the fields near this location in 1863 when Federal Soldiers surrounded him and demanded information about the location of his [...]

  • Headbolt Heaters

    Yesterday we told you about the state record for cold weather… 60 below in Parshall in 1936. Well, today we bring you a story of a man who made life in winter wonderland a whole lot easier. Andrew Freeman was born in 1909 and grew up in Upham. In 1932, he graduated from UND with [...]

  • 60 Below

    On this date in 1936, the temperature plummeted to 60 below in Parshall – and that’s one state record nobody wants to break. Lucy Goldthorpe, a young, single schoolteacher, told a reporter about her first year homesteading near Epping. “That winter of 1906-07 was the worst known up to that time in the Dakotas… Livestock [...]

  • Bedroom of 2 Lovers

    It’s Valentines Day, so here’s a romantic love story. In 1899, Mary Glover staked a claim on land near Edgeley. It adjoined the claim of a man named Hollingsworth, and the two fell in love. Married women couldn’t file land claims, but single women could. And, according to law, they were allowed to marry while [...]

  • Medina Shootout

    Twenty-one years ago today, there was a shootout between Federal Marshals, Gordon Kahl and other members of the Posse Comitatus on a road east of Medina. Gordon Kahl was born in 1920, the oldest of five kids. He is described as being musical, loving to hunt, a practical joker and an excellent mechanic. He was [...]