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  • Mother’s Day

    Today is Mother’s Day, and we’re talking about Elizabeth Bodine, who was named North Dakota Mother of the Year in 1968. Bodine was a Velva native who firmly believed in education. In fact, every one of her 18 children received post-secondary education. Six of her daughters went to college, two other daughters went to business […]

  • Oimoen, Ski Jumper

    One of the greatest ski jumpers in U.S. history lived in North Dakota. Today would be his 98th birthday. As a boy in Norway, Casper Oimoen’s first skis were barrel staves. When he moved to Minot at age 17, he had already many won many trophies, but he would win almost 400 more, including 3 […]

  • Josephine Kills Grinnell

    Today marks the anniversary of George Grinnell’s death in 1888. Born in Maryland, he served as a spy for the Army of the Potomac, then ventured west with a military wagon train to Fort Berthold. There, he made a living as a “woodhawk,” selling firewood to river steamers. Grinnell quickly learned about “women of convenience” […]

  • Mr. Giveaway

    McLean County is named for John A. McLean, the first mayor of Bismarck. Today we’re talking about one of his sons, Harry, who was born in Bismarck in 1883 and died May 1st, 1961. Young Harry had guts and a whole lot of moxie. He started his career as a water boy for a railway […]

  • Spring Birding

    North Dakota is an absolute treasure for fans of feathered wildlife; in fact, there’s hardly a spot in the state that’s more than an hour away from some kind of wildlife refuge. Right now, sharp-tailed grouse are at the height of their spectacular sunrise mating rituals. In his courtship dance, the male grouse puffs up […]

  • Schafer’s Gold Seal Sales

    On May 1st, 1942, Harold Schafer founded the Gold Seal Company, one of the state’s largest homegrown businesses. Schafer was born on a farm near Stanton in 1912 and was a junior in a Bismarck high school when his father died. The 15 year-old went to the school authorities and asked to take all his […]

  • Gold Star Band

    One of NDSU’s oldest organizations is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a concert today at 2 p.m. at Festival Concert Hall in Fargo. It’s the Gold Star Band, organized in 1902 by a local musician and the Secretary of the College. The earliest written account goes like this: The two men had heard that a […]

  • State Hospital Opens

    On this day in 1885, the North Dakota Hospital For The Insane At Jamestown” was opened. Its corporate seal featured the three figures of Faith, Hope, and Charity, with the caption: “But The Greatest Of These Is Charity.” This hospital was a model institution for the times. One reporter wrote, “I have visited many ‘insane […]

  • Arbor Day

    What does he plant who plants a tree? He plants, in sap and leaf and wood, In love of home and loyalty – And far-cast thought of civic good, His blessing on the neighborhood Who in the hollow of His hand, Holds all the growth of all our land – A nation’s growth from sea […]

  • First Monarchs

    On this day in 1931, the King and Queen of Siam were treated to a state dinner with President Hoover at the White House. They were the first absolute monarchs to ever visit the United States, and the first Asian monarchs to visit the White House. The royal couple was in the country so that […]

  • How To Start An Automobile

    In April 1910, the Hansboro News offered the following advice: Here are a few things a gasoline engine will and will not do. They will not run backwards; sometimes they won’t run forward either. If they won’t run either way try severing your connection with the anti-swearing society, get out in the woodshed and give […]

  • Old Maid Teachers?

    In April, 1895, the Minto Journal proudly reported that the Land Office in Grand Forks had, in one week, recorded 69 people filing for land and 11 proving up, accounting for a total of 13,000 acres, almost all in Cavalier County. “There is no mistake about the meaning of this,” the article read. “It is […]

  • Inventions and Making Beer

    Today is the birthday of Albert Hoiland, a settler and inventor who was born in 1860. By age 44, Hoiland had quit farming to go into the windmill business in Nome, North Dakota, selling pumps, pipes, tanks, feed grinders and other related items. In 1908, he started selling cars, including the Hudson-Essex. In 1911, he […]

  • Earth Day in Granville

    Today is Earth Day. Here in North Dakota, a wastewater project in Granville is being showcased. As with many towns, Granville’s sanitary system is getting old – the 50 year-old, clay, sewer tiles have deteriorated, the system is leaking, and the wastewater lagoon needs attention. Enter USDA Rural Development. Their whole reason for being is […]

  • 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 […]