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  • Two Adoptions

    On this date in 1929, it was announced John K. Kennelly, head of the ND American Legion, was adopted by members of the Standing Rock Reservation. Kennelly received the name Tasunkeduta, or Red Horse, and was given his namesake’s bonnet and beaded cloak during ceremonies in Cannon Ball. Meanwhile, Christopher J. Martineson, Bismarck chief of […]

  • Roy Rogers

    On this date in 1950, the results of Bismarck’s Sears-Roebuck safety slogan contest were in. The winner was a 10-year-old from Ft. Lincoln, for his slogan, “Go Slow or You’ll Go – Fast.” His award was a gold-colored statue of Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger. Young Larry “Roy” Amon took possession of his prize that night, […]

  • Alfred Howe Terry

    Alfred Howe Terry was born into a prosperous Connecticut family on this date in 1827. After graduating from Yale with a law degree, Terry worked for a Connecticut Superior Court. When the Civil War broke out, he raised a regiment of volunteers and led them at First Bull Run and other battles. Terry had a […]

  • Origin of Blue Laws

    On this date in 1920, The Bismarck Tribune explained the state’s Blue Laws stemmed from a disgruntled New Haven colonist who ridiculed the colony’s laws, which he said included: “No one shall cross a river on Sunday unless he be an authorized clergyman. No one shall run on the Sabbath day, or walk in his […]

  • Election Day

    Today is Election Day. This date in earlier years saw some pretty big changes as a result of elections. In fact, it was on this date in 1892 that North Dakotans voted for the first time in a presidential election. Republican Teddy Roosevelt became president on this date in 1904. In 1932, Wild Bill Langer […]

  • George Baker Lynched

    George W. Baker was lynched in Steele on this day in 1912. Historian Frank Vyzralek writes: “…George Baker stepped off the train at Dawson, ND, one quiet [October] morning. Making his way to the home of his father-in-law, Thomas Glass, a respected local pioneer, Baker found his estranged wife, Myrtle, and Glass at breakfast and […]

  • Edsel Ford in Fargo

    In 1922, this was Edsel Ford’s 29th birthday. He and his wife, Eleanor, were in Fargo on business, and to celebrate the occasion, the Fargo Commercial Club treated Mr. and Mrs. Ford to a duck dinner given in their honor. Edsel was Henry Ford’s only child, and like his father, Edsel loved cars. In fact, […]

  • Guy’s Fourth Term

    On this date in 1968, William Guy became the first governor in the state’s history to be elected to a fourth term. He was the third Democratic governor elected since statehood in 1889. It began when he was elected to his first term in November 1960. “We watched the returns…in our farmhouse near Amenia…” he […]

  • NDNG in Iraq

    According to the U.S. Department of Defense, North Dakota has a disproportionate number of men and women serving in Iraq – in fact, it has the highest per capita participation of any state in the Nation. One year ago today, Specialist Cody Wentz, of Williston, became the state’s 9th casualty. He was 21. Others include […]

  • UND vs NDAC

    The first football game between the University of North Dakota and the North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) took place on this date in 1894. UND players called themselves the Flickertails, and NDAC players were called the Farmers. UND had no coach and, until the NDAC match up, it had only been playing towns close […]

  • Dakota Territory Splits

    Dakota Territory officially became two states at 3:40 p.m. on this date in 1889. Congress had debated, for two years, whether the territory would stay intact or become two separate entities. A northern faction lobbied for a single state, but an equally determined southern faction pushed for division. In fact, southern divisionists wanted to make […]

  • King John Satterlund

    Washburn, the oldest city in McLean County, was founded on this date in 1882. The man responsible was John Satterlund, who, by the time he died, was known across the state as “King John.” Satterlund immigrated with his parents from Carlstadt, Sweden, when he was 18. He was smart, well educated, and a risk-taker. The […]

  • Gray Lady of Sims

    The town of Sims had a population of more than 1,000 people in 1884. It was only one year old, but a coal-mining boom, plus a brickyard, brought people to town in droves. Just six years later, only about 400 remained. The post office closed on this date in 1947, and Sims is now pretty […]

  • State Mill and Elevator

    On this date in 1922, Governor Rangvold Nestos pushed a button that officially started the machinery of the soon-to-be-completed North Dakota Mill and Elevator. The mill was located in downtown Grand Forks and is, to this day, the only state-owned elevator in the nation. Prior to the building of the mill, North Dakota farmers were […]

  • VC Burial Grounds

    During the late 1800s, the Minnesota Historical Society employed T. H. Lewis to do an archeological survey of rock art and Indian burial mounds in the Upper Midwest. Lewis’s careful notes, drawings and publications are, in some cases, the only remaining record of rock art that has since been destroyed. On this date in 1883, […]

  • Guadalcanal, Part 4

    Today we bring our fourth and final segment in our series on the role of North Dakota’s 164th Infantry Regiment in World War II. Between October 25th and 29th, 1942, the 164th fought alongside the 1st Marine Division to protect Henderson Field, a critical airstrip on the island of Guadalcanal. After the fierce battle on […]

  • Guadalcanal, Part 3

    For the past two days, we’ve talked about the South Pacific battle of Guadalcanal. The 164th Infantry – the ND National Guard – was sent there in October 1942 to reinforce the Marines during America’s first offensive action against the enemy in WWII. When the 164th arrived on October 13th, the Marines were holding a […]

  • Guadalcanal, Part 2

    Today is part 2 of a series on the 164th Infantry Regiment – otherwise known as the ND National Guard – at Guadalcanal during World War II. It was two months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor that the 164th was called up. In March 1942, they shipped out from San Francisco on the President […]

  • Guadalcanal

    “Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure – after Guadalcanal he retreated at ours.” With those words by Admiral “Bull” Halsey, we begin a special four-part series about North Dakota’s role in America’s first offensive action in World War II. In 1941, Imperial Japan’s war was limited to the Asian mainland, but on December […]

  • Minot Missile Base UFO

    A major encounter with a very large orange UFO took place near Minot Air Force Base on this date in 1968. It was the middle of the Cold War. Active missile sites were peppered across the North Dakota landscape, and military personnel were on high alert. At about 3 in the morning, Mike O’Connor was […]