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  • William C. Marcil

    Following the sudden death of Norman D. Black in 1969, the Fargo Forum, founded on this day in 1891, had no clear choice for its new publisher. For the first time since Norman Black’s grandfather had purchased the Fargo Forum in 1917, there was no new member of the Black family clan to lead the […]

  • Joyride

    On this date, it was reported that J. E. Donahue of New Rockford recovered a car that had been taken from his garage at the end of October. Soon after it had been taken, the car was recognized in Minot, where, “on suspicion that it had been stolen by whisky runners,” police officers chased the […]

  • Cowan’s Escape

    History can be seen as one great tapestry; however, the significance of each thread should not be forgotten. In this month we honor our veterans, who, with each single thread, held fast the fiber of our country. One soldier of particularly tough fiber was World War II flight officer Stephan Cowan. Cowan was a North […]

  • Henry D. Minot

    The year was 1876. Sixteen-year-old Theodore Roosevelt was just starting his freshman year at Harvard. While unpacking his personal belongings, including a catalogue of birds he had produced, Roosevelt heard a knock. Opening the door, he discovered Henry Minot. Henry Davis Minot was born in August of 1859; the sixth child of a prominent Boston […]

  • Never Forgotten

    Veterans Day is a very special day during which we celebrate our heroes who have fought, who have fallen, and who have served our country. It used to specifically honor World War I, falling specifically on the day that war ended, and celebrated elsewhere as Armistice Day, but though it still serves to remember that […]

  • Time on the Farm

    In this hurry up world, the wrist watch is an almost irreplaceable item of jewelry to make sure we are in the right place at the right time, but historically, the wrist watch did not become popular until after World War I. Wrist watches were for the ladies only and no correctly dressed gentleman would […]

  • Over the Top

    World War I, the war to end all wars, was a mixture of 19th Century tactics and the emergence of 20th Century technology. The long columns of men marching in formation against each other had ended and the more defensive positions in the form of trench warfare had evolved. Sam Rigler wrote to his brother […]

  • George Broadhurst and the Metropolitan Opera House

    The name George Broadhurst is generally associated with the theaters of Chicago, San Francisco or New York. But North Dakota also helped launch the career of the playwright who became internationally renowned for works such as ‘The Mills of the Gods’ and ‘The Man of the Hour,’ starring Douglas Fairbanks. While managing a Minneapolis theater […]

  • Name Change

    It can be hard to remember a name, much less to remember a complete name change. It can be even harder if it is a geographic name change, according to Walter Hjelle, the State Highway Commissioner in 1967. So, that year, it was big news that one area’s name change had already started to stick. […]

  • Judge David Morgan

    Born on this day in 1849, David Morgan was raised and educated in Wisconsin. After reading law with several judges, Morgan set out for Dakota Territory in 1881 to set up his own law practice. Over his thirty year career, he served as both Judge of the 2nd Judicial District and Justice of the Supreme […]

  • The Duke Ellington Recordings

    On one unseasonably warm November evening on this date in 1940, two audio buffs, Jack Towers and Dick Burris were busy unpacking their recording equipment at Fargo’s Crystal Ballroom. Playing that night was Duke Ellington’s band. The two young men thought it would be fun to record the famous jazz musician “just for kicks.” They […]

  • Still

    Innovation has always been important in the success of any business, but this was particularly true in the moonshine business of the 1920’s in North Dakota. Federal and State Prohibition officers scoured the countryside looking for any sign of stills and even sniffed the air for the telltale smell of fermenting mash. On this date […]

  • Dickinson Does

    In 1925, when it was decided that the American Legion would hold its state convention in Dickinson the following year, a contest for coming up with a snappy slogan for the city was begun. It was decided that the slogan that won the contest would then be used as advertising for the convention. “A short […]

  • Election Day

    Today is Election Day and no doubt it promises to be a historic one. No matter what the outcome, it will mark a first for America, whether it is Sen. Barack Obama elected as the first African-American to the White House, or Gov. Sarah Palin as the first woman. And, this election also promises to […]

  • To be an American

    In November of 1896, Marie Ketterling was born in a sod house, just south of Streeter, North Dakota. She was raised in a traditional household where girls were expected to do housework and boys were expected to farm. But Marie wanted more. She wanted to be an American. And she wanted an education. In her […]

  • Milwaukee Brewery Company

    In the years following the Civil War, business at Frederick Miller’s brewery in Wisconsin was booming. Looking to expand his operations and tap into western markets, Miller began construction of a brewery in Dakota Territory. Built on the banks of the Missouri River near Bismarck, the Milwaukee Brewery was completed in 1885. Among its customers […]

  • The 321st Strategic Missile Wing

    In support of a Cold War policy of nuclear deterrence, the Strategic Air Command organized the 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base on this day in 1964. Three missile squadrons were activated and sent for training in Vandenberg, California while construction was underway on the Minuteman II missile complex in North […]

  • Arthur Peterson

    Flipping through the hundreds of channels available via our friendly cable or satellite provider, we often discover that there really isn’t anything new worth watching. News channels are depressing, reality TV shows are getting old, and professional wrestling is well, professional wrestling. And so, we perhaps look for a golden-oldie; a TV show from back […]

  • Halloween Party

    Tomorrow is Halloween; it’s the time of year for costumed bodies to prowl the neighborhoods, banging on doors in hopes of a treat, crying out, “Trick or treat!” Oh, yes, and we can’t forget the tricksters, on this holiday. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without it. Smashed pumpkins, toilet paper hanging from tree limbs and […]

  • Clint Severson

    We’ve all been there before; sitting in the hospital lab, facing down the stern nurse who’s wielding a straw-like needle, hoping against hope that our glares will persuade her to not jab us with her instrument of torture. We eventually relent and feel the cold alcohol rubbed onto our arm as we listen to the […]