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  • Who Was FPG?

    This Saturday marks the birthday of Felix Paul Greve, a mysterious writer born in Germany in 1879. Greve was only 21 when his first known work was published, and he soon became renowned for his translations, poetry, fiction and plays in Europe and later in Canada. In October, 1902, Greve was staging Oscar Wilde comedies [...]

  • Experimental Theater on the Prairie

    Today marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Little Country Theatre at NDSU. During the early 1900s, North Dakota Agricultural College was on the cutting edge of a bold experiment known as the “country life movement.” The aim was to bring theater to the masses, especially rural communities, by celebrating regional folk lore [...]

  • ND Gives Town to MT

    On this date in 1966, word came from Bismarck that a North Dakota town was going to be given back to Montana. At that time, Westby was a town of about 300 people on the northern North Dakota/Montana border. Residents had been used to thinking that they were from Montana, but between 1963 and 1966, [...]

  • World’s Shortest Interstate

    The world’s shortest interstate streetcar line used to run between Wahpeton and Breckenridge. The route was .14 miles long, transported about 750 passengers a day, and ran from 1910 to 1925. It traveled about 15-20 miles per hour and provided one of the earliest means of traveling between the two towns. A few pieces of [...]

  • Fargo Winter Carnivale

    Today is the second annual Fargo Winter Carnivale, which is being held from 2 until 12:30 at the historic Fargo Theatre. There will be 24 bands, as well as films, art, stand-up comedy and a wearable art fashion show. The event is a grassroots effort organized by The Abandoned Scout Camp, which last year pooled [...]

  • Wm Barry Commits Murder

    On this day in 1901, 42 year-old Mary Ann Barry died in Jamestown in what was then called the Insane Asylum. Less than a month earlier, her brother, William Barry, drove into Milton, North Dakota, to give himself up for having killed Andrew Mellum in the barn that morning. It’s a complicated story – one [...]

  • Snowstorms

    It was on this date in 1949 that the North Dakota Air National Guard was called up to drop feed for stranded starving animals in the western part of the state, where a storm had dumped 16 inches on top of the 14 that were already on the ground. Anybody who has lived here for [...]

  • Double Ditch Mandan Village

    About eight miles north of Bismarck is a bluff on which the Mandan Indians once had a thriving village called Double Ditch Village, which is designated as a significant historic site. On October 22nd, 1804, Captain William Clark noted the village in his journal, writing “Passed 2 old villages at the mouth of a large [...]

  • Lynn and Liz Anderson

    It was on this day in 1971 that country singer Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden went gold. The album earned Lynn 15 more gold albums worldwide, and back in the states, it ended up going platinum. Bios on Lynn Anderson usually say, “Born in Grand Forks, ND, September 26th, 1947, raised in Sacramento, California.” There’s a [...]

  • 7 Months, 4 Governors

    Today, we bring you the story of four consecutive governors – or five, depending on how you look at it. It was on this day in 1935 that Governor Thomas Moodie had to step down, because the state Supreme Court declared him ineligible to hold office – but wait, let’s start over… In 1932, “Wild [...]

  • Lincoln Valley and Alice Essig

    Lincoln Valley was a small village in Sheridan County populated mainly by Germans from Russia. In the 1950s, it was still thriving with a country school, several churches, a creamery, a general store, an implement shop, an insurance agency and, of course, a bar. The back room of the gas station was sometimes used for [...]

  • Johnny Klein, Drummer

    Johnny Klein was born in Strasburg, in 1918, the oldest of five kids in his German-Russian family. He studied music, and while finishing his Masters Degree in Music Education in St. Louis, his second-cousin, Lawrence Welk, came to town with the Welk Band. It was 1951, and Johnny was teaching at the time, but Lawrence [...]

  • Henry Clay Hansbrough

    Today is the birthday of Henry Clay Hansbrough, who was born in Illinois 1848. President James Polk’s opponent for the presidency, Henry Clay, attended the wedding of Elisha Hansbrough and Sarah Hagan. As he rode off, he suggested they name their first boy after them. And they did. The Hansbrough family could trace their roots [...]

  • The Last Lynching

    The last illegal execution in North Dakota happened in Schaefer on this date in 1931 when a mob seized a prisoner named Charles Bannon and lynched him a half mile from the jail. About a year earlier, in February, people had begun to notice that they hadn’t seen the Albert Haven family around. Twenty-two year-old [...]

  • Jim Kleinsasser, MN Vikings

    This Saturday will be Jim Kleinsasser’s 27th birthday. He was born in 1977 in Carrington, and at 6’3″ and 272 pounds, he’s now playing tight end for the Minnesota Vikings. While playing for Carrington High, Kleinsasser was two times named All-Region, All-State and Gatorade Circle of Champions North Dakota Player of the Year. He also [...]

  • Duane Howard, Bull Rider

    In her book, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, North Dakota author Fran Armstrong talks about rodeo stars from the upper Great Plains. One of them is Duane Howard, who was a bronc and champion bull rider during the 1960s. She writes, “As I listened to Duane talking about rodeo, I began to get a [...]

  • Widows Go West

    Horace Greeley encouraged more than just young men to go west. “Young men! Poor men! Widows!” he said. “Resolve to have a home of your own! If you are able to buy and pay for one in the East, very well; if not, make one in the broad and fertile West!” In her book, Land [...]

  • Charlie Runs Out of Salt

    Charlie Colgrove was a carpenter and all-around colorful character in Dickinson during the 1880s. In his memoirs, he wrote, “…a couple of German fellers, August and George Beisigle, came to me and asked me to put in a ranch for them 25 miles northwest of Dickinson. George was a fine feller, but August was a [...]

  • Beauty Shop Bill

    Yesterday, our program celebrated women’s suffrage in North Dakota, so it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek to bring you today’s story: in 1953, state legislative Bill #773, proposed mandatory closing hours for beauty shops so that wives could be home in time to cook supper. The proposal read: “All beauty shops shall be closed between the hours [...]

  • Suffrage Bill

    North Dakota has a very contradictory history when it comes to women. As the 19th century blended into the 20th, many thousands of women moved here to homestead and wrestle out a living for themselves. Despite their hardiness and proven strength, their road to getting the vote was a rocky one. It was on this [...]