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  • Halvah

    http://www.prairiepublic.org/media/dakotadatebook/2008/Dec/08.mp3 In 700 B.C., sesame was the official currency in Greece. The first recorded sesame recipe was written in Latin, for a delicious and tasty dinner of “Roasted Flamingo.” But for most in the German Triangle area in North Dakota, the memories of sesame were in the form of-Halvah. Halvah, which in the Turkish language […]

  • First Dakota Cavalry

    As the Civil War escalated throughout 1861, frontier posts lost many of their regular army troops. To make up for these losses and secure a US presence in the west, President Lincoln’s War Department authorized Dakota Territory to raise two companies of US volunteer cavalry. On this date in 1861, Governor William Jayne signed a […]

  • Lincoln’s Pardons

    Two months of fighting in the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 ended with hundreds dead and over one thousand Native American prisoners. After a series of hastily conducted military trials, General John Pope notified President Lincoln that over three hundred Dakota prisoners had been sentenced to death. Assuming the President would have no objections, Pope was […]

  • Duncan Graham

    In the early days of the U.S., there were people who fought heroically for King George, yet turned up later as a champion for the Stars and Stripes. Duncan Graham was one such person. James Alexander Duncan Graham was born to aristocratic parents in the Highlands of Scotland in 1772. At the age of 20 […]

  • Mayville State University’s Beginning

    It was this week in 1890 that Mayville State University first began classes as the Mayville Normal School with seventeen students and four teachers on the second floor of the city’s firehouse. Although Mayville State University first opened its doors in December of 1890, its history is intertwined with the State’s founding a year earlier. […]

  • Santa’s Girls

    Thanksgiving is behind us and we turn our attention to Christmas, the magical time of year, a time of ribbons and reindeer and all the glitter and cheer that makes it so special. Of course, this is all in preparation for Christmas Eve, when little hoofs will clatter on the rooftops and Santa Claus will […]

  • Post Routes

    Now that Thanksgiving has passed, for those of us who aren’t early birds or late ducks, it’s time to get the Christmas cards sent out. You know the drill. Some people hate it, some people love it, but we just can’t stop the tradition. So sit on down, write out those cards, slap on a […]

  • The Great Seal

    After the creation of Dakota Territory in 1861, the new territory had to be organized … and it turned out to be a rough and tumble process. The newly elected territorial legislature had to tackle a wide variety of issues including a code of civil procedures, ferry charters and future election dates. As legislators debated, […]

  • Pork-Barrel Funding and the Garrison Dam

    °Joe the Plumber° and the °Bridge to Nowhere°—they’re two of the new clichés we heard throughout this election year. Political clichés are nothing new, but you might be surprised to find out the Garrison Dam was once considered a pork-barrel project like that Bridge to Nowhere. In fact, the dam and other water projects were […]

  • 1882 Fire

    On a crisp November morning in Mandan, Mack and Drury’s was up in flames. In minutes, the fire devoured this local eatery, with Mack barely escaping with his life. There was no calling 9-1-1, for this was 1882 in Dakota Territory. However, emergency services were alerted. Mandan had no fire engine, but Mandan’s superintendent telegraphed […]

  • David Thompson’s Journey

    In 1797, fur-trader David Thompson left his long-time employer, the Hudson Bay Company, and signed on with its rival, the North West Company. One of Thompson’s first assignments was to locate the Mandan villages on the Missouri River. They were a commercial focal point for the nomadic, plains and mountain tribes, and the North West […]

  • Thanksgiving

    “May we, on this sacred occasion, express our genuine gratitude for the kindness and generosity of our fellow Americans, which, through the American Red Cross and other relief agencies, is today providing the necessities of life for many thousands of our neighbors within the state….” This Thanksgiving Proclamation would hardly reflect upon the prosperity of […]

  • Baby Mail

    We live in a world that is able to stay in touch at almost all times. You see people using cell phones in malls, restaurants, at the gym; people talk on them while walking and even driving. Even many elementary school students have cell phones, or at least a family cell phone that they may […]

  • Turkey Talk

    Thanksgiving is coming! And while few decorate for this particular holiday with the same vigor they do for other holidays, there is one important item that almost everyone agrees makes for a necessity for this holiday: Whether it’s turkey or tofurkey, that special entrée is the reason for this season! The Fargo Forum devoted a […]

  • Fargo’s Electric Streetcars

    Whether it be oxcarts, steamboats, railroads, automobiles or airplanes, transportation has played a key role in North Dakota’s development. Often overlooked in a rural state, the electric streetcar has played its own important role; especially in the growth and expansion of Fargo-Moorhead. Fargo’s first horse-drawn streetcar system was established in 1879, running south on Broadway […]

  • Thankful for a Wedding

    On this date in 1907, the Minot Daily Optic announced that a North Dakota man was about to give Miss 22-year-old Ella Endicott, an orphan of St. Louis who was left with just a little money from her parents, something to be thankful for—a dream wedding, scheduled for Thanksgiving day. Ella was “wooed and won” […]

  • President Kennedy at UND

    On September 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke at the convocation of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Kennedy followed with a speech on the importance of conservation. The speech was not his most memorable, but for the North Dakotans who attended, it didn’t […]

  • Divorce

    At the beginning of the fall in 1891, there was quite a bit of tongue-wagging and gossip as a strange tale unfolded in the midst of Bismarck. A strange woman “possessed of an undeniably exceptional beauty, of wealth reputedly great and of ‘an ancient and proud lineage,’” the Countess Adelyn Zychlinska, swept into town with […]

  • The Circle of Medicine

    When Dakota Territory was being settled, licensed doctors were few. Most of the emerging medical facilities were in the bigger cities and ailing patients had to travel long distances to hospitals in Bismarck or Fargo, or depend on the services of the doctors at the frontier military posts. In 1875 someone living in the Grand […]

  • Branded

    Many can remember the old parlor stove that warmed the house on a wintery day, emitting the sweet smell of burning wood which was used to get the fire going. It was the place to congregate after reluctantly crawling out of a warm, cozy bed and stepping onto the cold, hardwood floor. Once the wood […]