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  • The Bucking Auto

    A story came out of Dickinson on this date in 1923 that cowboys at the Stark County Fair were facing more than bucking broncos. They were dealing with an early predecessor of the mechanical bull. The article read, “Real cowboys of this section were undismayed by a specially constructed ‘bucking auto,’ and stayed with it […]

  • Dromaeosaurus

    During the Late Cretaceous period, rivers flowed east from the Rocky Mountains to the inland sea that once covered what is now eastern North Dakota. The weather was similar to that of south Florida, and deposits resembling the Mississippi Delta built up around what is now known as the Hell Creek Formation south of Bismarck/Mandan. […]

  • President Wilson in Bismarck

    President Woodrow Wilson visited North Dakota only one time – in 1919. The First World War had ended, and an armistice had been signed. Now, Wilson wanted to convince Congress and the Nation that the United States should accept the Treaty of Versailles and to become a member of the newly proposed League of Nations. […]

  • The Fargo-Moorhead Twins

    In response to a number of baseball teams being cut from the major leagues, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba formed the Northern League in 1902. Also included were a team from Iowa City and one from Ontario. The league’s opening day was on May 22, 1902, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press […]

  • Portable Lungs

    “Not until we have removed the shadow of the Crippler from the future of every child can we furl the flags of battle and still the trumpets of attack. The fight against infantile paralysis is a fight to the finish, and the terms are unconditional surrender.” Those were the words of President Franklin Roosevelt in […]

  • KKK in ND

    In 1923, posters advertised a Ku Klux Klan meeting in Larimore to take place on this date. The posters read, “The American Club which is Klan No. 2, of the realm of North Dakota will receive its charter. One of the grandest and most picturesque meetings ever held in the history of the Klan in […]

  • Tree-Tops Klingensmith

    It was one hundred years ago last Friday that one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most colorful characters was born. Florence Gunderson grew up in Clay County and was nine years old when she saw her first airplane. At 13, she learned to drive, and a few years later, she and her brother George built themselves a racer […]

  • Capitol Cornerstones

    Former President Ulysses S. Grant laid the cornerstone for the Dakota Territory capitol at Bismarck on this date in 1883. Grant was on his way to Montana for the driving of the gold spike that marked the completion of the main line of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Other dignitaries who attended the capitol cornerstone laying […]

  • Miss FarMoor

    The Community Welfare Association was started in Fargo in 1927 to coordinate a community-wide effort to help meet human service needs. Its name was changed to the United Fund of Fargo in 1957, and then in 1964, it became the United Fund of Fargo-Moorhead. In the summer of 1966, employee Jim Backus came up with […]

  • Sully at Whitestone Hill

    One hundred and forty years ago, a man named Sam Brown wrote to his father, “I hope you will not believe all that is said of ‘Sully’s Successful Expedition,’ against the Sioux. I don’t think he aught to brag of it at all, because it was, what no decent man would have done, he pitched […]

  • Finlander on the Warpath

    The Bisbee Gazette published a story about an event that took place, on this date in 1911, titled “Finlander on the Warpath.” The article read, “Saturday evening a bunch of Finlanders loaded up on snoose and Hofman drop and then started in to carve each other in the usual way among those fellows. The affray […]

  • Judge Davies Integrates Southern Schools, Part 2

    Yesterday we talked about U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Davies, who nullified a Little Rock injunction to stop the first integration of a southern high school. Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus was determined to prevent integration on his watch. Saying he was trying to avoid bloodshed, he ordered 100 armed National Guardsmen to turn away nine […]

  • Judge Davies Integrates Southern Schools, Part 1

    On this day in 1957, a North Dakota judge made a decision that marked a milestone in the civil rights movement. Ronald Davies was born in 1904, and his early education took place in Crookston, MN, Fargo, and Grand Forks. He was the son of a newspaperman, and two of his uncles had newspapers, too. […]

  • Grasshopper Crusher

    Modern insecticides have stopped grasshoppers from being the nightmare they used to be, but many can remember the days when each step into a field sent hundreds of grasshoppers catapulting into the air. In the 1880s, enterprising farmer living near Hope came up with way to deal with his hoppers. The Steele County Centennial book […]

  • Chase Lake National Wildlife Refugee

    Theodore Roosevelt established the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge on this date in 1908. The refuge encompasses 4,385 acres northwest of Medina and is one of state’s largest surviving blocks of native prairie. As a wilderness area, no motor vehicles and no roads are allowed, leaving the area almost identical to pre-settlement days. The refuge […]

  • Fingal Enger

    It was during harvesting in 1913 that Fingal Enger was caught in a downpour. He wouldn’t go inside until he was certain that all the wagons were in and every horse properly tended, and he ended up catching pneumonia. It was a hard thing for Enger to be slowed down by illness – the 6′ […]

  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic Explorer

    A legendary Arctic explorer died on this date in 1962. He was Vilhjalmur Stefansson, born in 1879 to Icelandic immigrants in Manitoba. When he was two, the family moved to the Icelandic community of Mountain, in northeastern North Dakota, where Vilhjalmur remainder of his younger years. Stefansson is said to have been a rugged boy […]

  • Hail Storms

    Many a North Dakota farmer has helplessly watched a promising crop get hailed out. In August of 1912, a ten-mile wide hailstorm swept from the northeast to the southwest, hitting the town of St. Thomas. A Towner County news story read, “Practically all of the windows in St. Thomas were broken by the hail stones, […]

  • Chief Drags Wolf

    The death of Hidatsa Chief Drags Wolf took place on this date in 1943. Only months before, he had vowed he would die before he watched his people’s land destroyed by the Garrison Dam – and he was true to his word. Drags Wolf was born in 1862 to Chief Crow Flies High and Peppermint […]

  • Dogtooth and Smoke

    In 1909, a Mandan Pioneer article read, “Hurrah for Dogtooth, it has a great out look for a thriving metropolis…” Now, less than 100 years later, there’s nothing left but a grassy knoll. Dogtooth was the third stagecoach station on the 1876 trail between Bismarck and Deadwood. It was given its name, because a nearby […]