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  • Mission Life

    Between 1860 and 1900, eastern churches were intent on bringing the Christian religion to the western Native American tribes. Churches recruited missionaries and raised money for setting up missions, which consisted of a gathering place, housing for the workers and then, hopefully, a school. Prior to the time of Indian reservations, missionaries serving nomadic tribes […]

  • Burleigh Spalding

    Burleigh F. Spaulding was born in Vermont on this date in 1853. He was a congressman from North Dakota from 1899 to 1905 and later served on the ND Supreme Court. Spaulding was one of the commissioners appointed to select a new location for the capitol of Dakota Territory after it was spirited away from […]

  • Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull

    On this date in 1890, the Bismarck Daily Tribune ran a story about Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull, who at one time worked together in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. The story read: Buffalo Bill and party return from Standing Rock without the Sioux chief. “Buffalo Bill, Dr. Powell and Pony Bob returned to Mandan […]

  • Inmate School

    Inmates at the Bismarck prison made the news in December 1914 but not because they were causing trouble. They had decided they needed more education. The Bismarck Daily Tribune reported, “…prisoners at the State Penitentiary took the initiative in the matter of attempting to secure a school in which they could improve their time of […]

  • Verne Miller, Part 2

    Yesterday we brought you part 1 of a story about Verne Miller, a war hero who served with the ND National Guard in WWI. He was clean cut, tall, and blond with chiseled features. When he came home, he became a policeman and was then elected sheriff. But, in July 1922, he was found to […]

  • Hero Turns Outlaw

    If you’re a regular listener of our program, you’ve heard a number of stories related to the ND 164th Infantry Regiment. Today’s story is about a veteran of the 164th who, like others, came home a war hero. But unlike others, Verne Miller took a drastically wrong turn. In fact, he became one of the […]

  • Angel of the Prairies

    Anna Shatswell was born in Vienna, Austria, on this date in 1875. She immigrated with her family to New Ulm, MN, when she was 13. Shatswell wanted to pursue a career in nursing, so she studied in San Francisco and practiced in St. Paul before coming to Devils Lake in 1906. There, she was among […]

  • Magic City Beginnings

    Minot was founded in 1886 and, because it expanded so quickly, was quickly dubbed the “Magic City.” It was named for Henry Davis Minot, a director of the Great Northern Railroad. Ironically, Minot died in a train wreck just four years later at the age of 31. Minot was incorporated as a city the year […]

  • Eric Sevareid

    Eric Sevareid was born on this date in 1912 and grew up in Velva, ND. He became legendary for his journalistic essays first on the radio and then on the CBS Evening News. Sevareid was a protégé of Edward R Murrow, and he was condemning Senator McCarthy’s reign of terror long before Murrow took the […]

  • Justice Guy Corliss

    Guy Carlton Haines Corliss, son of Cyrus and Clarinda Corliss – sounds like he was from a house of royalty. But, he wasn’t. Guy Corliss was born on July 4, 1858, in Poughkeepsie, NY. He studied at home, entered high school at age 11 and graduated when he was 15. He couldn’t afford college, so […]

  • Sunrise Ranch Lighthouse

    Seventeen miles southwest of Mandan, nestled in the bottomlands of the Heart River, is a ranch called the Sunrise. It started as a 160-acre homestead, filed in 1883, by a Swedish immigrant named Magnus Nelson. Two years ago, the Nelson Sunrise Ranch was inducted into the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame in the ranching category. […]

  • Floyd Stone, POW/Silver Star

    The Korean War has come to be called America’s Forgotten War for several reasons. Primarily, World War II and Vietnam have overshadowed it, but there was also an element of denial involved. Retired Army Major James T. Cooper of Albuquerque says, “This war was called a ‘Police Action,’ because we had just finished WWII, and […]

  • Illegal German School

    Segregation, racism, religious differences – issues such as these have not typically been common within North Dakota schools. But they have existed in different forms during the state’s history. One high-profile case erupted in the town of Expansion, a tiny port on the Missouri River that never got beyond a population of 75. The townsite […]

  • Lewis and Clark Winter

    Lewis and Clark move into their winter quarters about 14 miles west of present-day Washburn on this date in 1804. Captain Clark wrote, “We this day moved into our huts which are now completed. This place which we call Fort Mandan, is situated in a point of low ground, on the north side of the […]

  • Fort McKeen to Fort Abraham Lincoln

    On this day in 1872, the name of Fort McKeen was changed to Fort Abraham Lincoln. Construction on Ft. McKeen was commenced in June by companies B and C of the 6th Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. Daniel Huston Jr. The chosen location was five miles south of Mandan near the On-a-Slant Mandan […]

  • A Question of Hanging

    The last person sentenced to die under North Dakota’s capital punishment law was a 34 year-old Austrian immigrant named Joe Milo. On October 8, 1914, Milo and another Austrian, 20 year-old John Miller, were working as farm hands near Lansford in Bottineau County. On the same crew were two Germans, Fred Seisel* and John Karst, […]

  • Pierre La Verendrye, part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part 1 of the story on Pierre Gaultier la Verendrye, who was born on this date 320 years ago, written by guest author and historian Tracy Potter of Bismarck. La Verendrye was the first known non-Indian to set foot in what is now North Dakota. Over a nine-year period, La Verendrye […]

  • Pierre La Verendrye, part 1

    Today begins a two-part series written by guest author and historian Tracy Potter of Bismarck. Tomorrow is the 320th birthday of Pierre Gaultier, who would inherit the title of La Verendrye and become known to generations of North Dakota school children as the first non-Indian to visit the state. Pierre was born in Three Rivers, […]

  • Big Kahuna of Free Throws

    Today’s story is about Tom Amberry, who on this date in 1993, made The Guinness Book of Records by sinking 2,750 free throws in a row. In the words of one announcer, Amberry is “the best free throw shooter ever to touch a basketball.” At the time of his record-breaking performance, Amberry was already retired. […]

  • William Savora

    On this date in 1931, Minot residents learned a jury’s decision in the trial William Savora, accused of murdering Mrs. Dena Korchenko. Six weeks earlier, 13-year-old Melvin Korchenko found his mother lying dead behind a hedge outside the boarding house where she worked as a housekeeper, and where she and her three children were living. […]