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  • Movie Bill Repealed

    On this date in 1939, North Dakotans were trying to sort out the sudden brouhaha in the state legislature over the repeal of a movie bill. Two years earlier, the Non-partisan League was in power and was eager to back Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s crusade to bust up corporate monopolies. W. J. Godwin was the majority […]

  • Bootleggers Beware

    On this date in 1913, the North Dakota State Legislature passed a law making bootlegging a crime, with first time offenses punishable by 6 months to a year in the Bismarck Pen. The term “bootlegging” originally referred to smuggling items by hiding them inside the upper “leg” portion of a boot. During prohibition, the term […]

  • Old Man Looks for Wife

    On this date in 1916, the Bismarck Tribune reported a Mr. William Hollis had been arrested in Minneapolis for vagrancy. He was on his way to Port Huron, Michigan, and had just walked 250 miles from Fargo through snowstorms and sub-zero weather. Hollis was a railroad engineer until 1901. “When my wife left me, I […]

  • Amie Allison, NASA and JAXA

    Today is the birthday of Amie Lorsung Allison, who graduated from NDSU with an electrical engineering degree in 1995. In 2003, her alma mater honored her with the NDSU Alumni Horizon Award for her work with the space program. “I looked for a college,” she says, “that had a good engineering program and offered internships […]

  • Spicer Family Murders

    One of the state’s most heinous crimes took place in Emmons County on this date in 1897. In 1959, William Fischer, editor of the Emmons County Record, explained: “When North Dakota became a state, its constitution outlawed the saloon, but many saloon operators continued their ‘underground’ operation – and their places of business were known […]

  • GF Men Find Gold Mine

    On this date in 1876, a party of 13 men left Grand Forks, followed the Red River south to Fargo and turned west to follow the Northern Pacific railroad, which wasn’t operating that winter. They reached Bismarck on March 2nd, and rested for the next three weeks. When they forged on, their group had swelled […]

  • Governor Pierce Resigns

    It was on this date in 1901 that Dakota Territory’s eighth governor died in Chicago. Gilbert Ashville Pierce was born in 1839 in Cattaraugus County, New York, where he attended public school. Later, he moved to Indiana to attend the University of Chicago Law School. Pierce fought for the Union during the Civil War, rising […]

  • Enos Stutsman

    Today’s story is about Enos Stutsman, the namesake of Stutsman County, where he never actually lived. He was born near the home of Abraham Lincoln’s father in Indiana on this date, Valentines Day, in 1826. Starting when he was just 17, Stutsman taught school for four years, and then began a life in politics, first […]

  • Three Men in a Blizzard

    In “A History of Foster County,” there’s a story of how three friends survived the big blizzard of 1886. Their wagon was only 12 feet from their tarpaper shack, but the next morning a blizzard completely blocked it from sight. Toward evening, they headed for the stable to feed the animals. “The storm came from […]

  • Honorary State Equine

    On this date in 1991, the Senate approved a bill to name the Nokota horse North Dakota’s honorary state equine. Back when he was living here, Teddy Roosevelt wrote, “In a great many…localities there are wild horses to be found, which (are) as wild as the antelope on whose range they have intruded.” That changed […]

  • Pomp’s 200th Birthday

    Sacagawea gave birth to her first child, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, on this date 200 years ago. Lewis and Clark were wintering at Ft. Mandan and had hired Touissant Charbonneau and his pregnant wife as interpreters for the next leg of their Corps of Discovery Expedition. Meriwether Lewis wrote about Jean Baptiste’s birth, saying, “About five […]

  • Before the ACLU, Theodore Schroeder

    “…all support of censorship should be considered as problems of abnormal psychology.” So said Civil Libertarian Albert Theodore Schroeder, who died on this date in 1953. Schroeder was born in Wisconsin in 1864. When his mother, a German Catholic, married his father, a German Protestant, both had been disowned by their parents. This religious intolerance […]

  • William Boyce, Boy Scouts Founder

    It was on this date in 1910 that William Dickson Boyce founded the Boy Scouts of America. His mission was instigated a year earlier when he got lost in a thick London fog. A young man did him a “good turn” and helped him find his way. But when Boyce offered him a tip, the […]

  • Preserving Francis Hall

    There is much interest in architectural preservation in North Dakota these days, so it’s interesting that already back in 1923, there was concern about losing a historic building at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo. The building was Francis Hall, the second building constructed on the campus. It was built in 1893 at a […]

  • Early News Gatherer

    About this time in 1916, the Steele County Tribune published a story about a young man who installed his own telegraph system. “Every evening,” the story read, “(John G. Baldwin of Sherbrooke) takes himself to an upper room of the farm house, where his batteries, coils, dynamos, receivers, transmitters and electrical whatnot quiver and buzz […]

  • Minot High Dentist

    The 1921 Minot High School Yearbook offers this unusual tidbit: “The Alumni Association equipped a modern Dental Clinic for the schools in 1919. Here, free service has been rendered to children deemed worthy and to others at nominal cost. At first, clinic work was done voluntarily by local dentists, but the program for the 1920-21 […]

  • Clay Jenkinson

    Today is a landmark for Clay Jenkinson – it’s his 50th birthday. Some of you may have read his most recent book, A Vast and Open Plain, about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Jenkinson calls himself a classic Aquarius, and from all the evidence, he’s right. Aquarians are described as inventive, intuitive, unconventional, curious, intellectual […]

  • The Boodlers

    Today’s story is about boodlers. Definition: those who obtain money through corruption. On this date in 1890, Senate Bill Number 167 was introduced to the state’s first legislature. Three days later, the state’s first Chief Justice, 31-year-old Guy Corliss, sent a telegram to President Harrison that read, “Gamblers are seeking to fasten Louisiana Lottery on […]

  • Phyllis Frelich, Actress

    We wanted to air this story on Phyllis Frelich’s birthday, but she’s is a leap year baby, so we decided to run it today. It was on this date in 1981 that she was awarded the Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Last week we talked about Steve Blehm, a basketball star at the Devils Lake […]

  • Hogback Ridge

    North Dakota geologist John Bluemle writes, “Drumlins are small hills, elongated in the direction that the glacier was flowing. They are abundant in Ireland, so it is appropriate that the name ‘drumlin’ is derived from an Irish Gaelic word, ‘druim,’ meaning ‘back’ or ‘ridge.’ I’ve always thought of classical drumlins, like the ones I’ve seen […]