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  • Chaffee

    The post office of Chaffee, North Dakota, was established on this day in 1894, two years after Chester Fritz was born there. The railroad had named a station on the site “Rita,” but in 1894, it was renamed to honor Eben Chaffee, who had promoted the site. The history of Chaffee is actually shared by […]

  • Floods

    It was on this day seven years ago, that Grand Forks was dealing with the immediate aftermath of their dikes breaking, unleashing one of the most worst floods in state history. Three days earlier, the Red River had crested in Fargo at 39.5 feet, surpassing the 1897 record. When those waters reached Grand Forks, nothing […]

  • Laura Taylor, Rosemeade Pottery

    Today is the birthday of Laura Taylor Hughes, who was born in 1903 and was one of North Dakota’s most successful potters. She was a native of Rosemeade Township and learned the ceramics craft at Valley City Normal School under Glen Lukens. In 1931, Laura Taylor attended UND under the tutelage of Margaret Cable, one […]

  • Fern Welk’s Wedding at Dawn

    In 1927, Lawrence Welk and His Novelty Band discovered the power of the media when Welk persuaded a Yankton radio manager to let them play on his station one morning. It went so well, that the band got a long-term contract out of the deal. Lawrence had no shortage of female admirers in Yankton, but […]

  • Labor Laws

    On April 18th, 1895, an article in the Milton Globe explained a relatively new state law that allowed farm laborers to put liens on crops they tended – meaning they would get their wages before anyone else got a cut of the profits. “Every fall,” the article read, “many a laboring man (has) been obliged […]

  • Carl Ben Eielson, Part 2

    Yesterday we brought you part 1 of the story of Carl Ben Eielson, who was the first man to fly over the top of the world. We left him and his partner, George Wilkins, after they crash-landed on a floating iceberg during a blizzard on March 30th, 1927. The next morning, they found their island […]

  • Carl Ben Eielson, Part 1

    Today marks the anniversary of an extraordinary event in the life of Hatton native, Carl Ben Eielson. Most of us have heard of him, but not everybody knows why he’s famous. In 1927, an Australian adventurer, George Hubert Wilkins, had been trying for several years to realize a dream of being the first to fly […]

  • Clay Jenkinson

    On this date in 1958, John F. Kennedy, who was then still a U.S. Senator, delivered a speech at Dickinson State College titled Moral and Spiritual Imperatives of Free Government. He was honoring the memory of T.R.’s 100th birthday at the first Theodore Roosevelt Symposium. Yesterday was also a notable anniversary for Clay Jenkinson, who, […]

  • NASA Moonbuggy Race

    One year ago this weekend, NDSU took first place in the college division of NASA’s 10th annual “Great Moonbuggy Race” in Huntsville, Alabama. The challenge was for high school and college students to design and build human-powered vehicles that could overcome engineering problems faced by NASA’s actual lunar rover team. The victorious team designed and […]

  • Sitting Bull’s Gravesite

    Today marks the anniversary of two controversial events having to do with the burial sites of two of our most famous Native Americans. Sitting Bull was killed on the Standing Rock Reservation on December 15th, 1890. The Lakota remembered him as an inspirational leader, fearless warrior, a loving father, a gifted singer, a man who […]

  • Sheheke Myths Corrected

    On March 10th, we did a story on Sheheke, the Mandan chief who went east with Lewis and Clark to meet President Thomas Jefferson. Tracy Potter, who has just written a book on Sheheke, has more to say about the chief, starting with his name. William Clark called him “Big White,” which might have been […]

  • Andy Hampsten, Cyclist

    Today is the birthday of cycling great, Andy Hampsten, who was born in 1962. Andy grew up in Grand Forks, where his parents taught English at UND. They gave him his first road bike when he turned 12, and he was smitten for life. Hampsten soon realized that U.S. television paid no attention to cycling. […]

  • First Television, Part 2

    On this date in 1953, the state’s first commercial TV station, KCJB in Minot, began broadcasting. A Minneapolis Tribune reporter covered the story. During a live production of “Arv’s Kitchen,” Arv Johnson and Harry Burris demonstrated how to drill holes in potatoes with an apple corer, stuff the cavities with cheese and bake. Soon, viewers […]

  • First Television, Part 1

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of North Dakota’s first television station,, going on the air as a regular commercial station. It was 1953, and that first year, Minot’s KCJB – now KXMC – chartered a plane to fly in, from Minneapolis, taped coverage of each day of the World Series. Most of the shows KCJB aired […]

  • Fargo, Divorce Mill

    Yesterday was the anniversary of a day when North Dakota closed one of the more scandalous chapters in its history. It started in 1866, when Dakota Territory legislators allowed people to start divorce proceedings as soon as they arrived in the territory. Eleven years later, the law was amended, and a three-month residency was required […]

  • Carol Two Eagle, Linguist Part 2

    Today, we bring you part two on Carol Two Eagle, who was secretly taught her native languages by her grandmother, Pearl, who was also mixed-blood Dakota and Polish. “(Pearl) was very harsh about some things,” Carol said. “She never took the middle ground. She used to say things like, ‘If you sit on the fence, […]

  • Carol Two Eagle, Linguist Part 1

    Our story today is about Carol Two Eagle, known by many names including Wise Spirit. Two Eagle overcame a traumatic childhood, and when asked where she grew up, she either says in hell or in a foxhole. She emerged as a strong-willed person who does all she can to guide and protect others, both human […]

  • Farmers’ Line

    Most of the existing railways built in the Devils Lake Basin are commonly associated with the Great Northern and Soo Line railroads. But there are two that are a little different. In 1902, the Farmers Grain & Shipping Company built a railroad known as the “Farmers’ Line” from Devils Lake to Starkweather, and then on […]

  • Uranium Mining

    Geological research conducted between the late 1940s and late 1970s revealed more than 40 land deposits with increased radioactivity in Bowman, Slope, Stark, Billings, and Golden Valley counties, where uranium was found embedded in lignite coal. Nobody was allowed to possess uranium except the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1956, mining began, but it proved […]

  • Who Designed the Quarter?

    On this date in 1996, the United States issued its newly redesigned $100 bill. What does that have to do with North Dakota? Nothing, really. But now that we’re on the topic of money design, we’ll tell you the story of who did or didn’t design the Washington quarter – which does link to North […]