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  • Fort McKeen to Fort Abraham Lincoln

    On this day in 1872, the name of Fort McKeen was changed to Fort Abraham Lincoln. Construction on Ft. McKeen was commenced in June by companies B and C of the 6th Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. Daniel Huston Jr. The chosen location was five miles south of Mandan near the On-a-Slant Mandan […]

  • A Question of Hanging

    The last person sentenced to die under North Dakota’s capital punishment law was a 34 year-old Austrian immigrant named Joe Milo. On October 8, 1914, Milo and another Austrian, 20 year-old John Miller, were working as farm hands near Lansford in Bottineau County. On the same crew were two Germans, Fred Seisel* and John Karst, […]

  • Pierre La Verendrye, part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part 1 of the story on Pierre Gaultier la Verendrye, who was born on this date 320 years ago, written by guest author and historian Tracy Potter of Bismarck. La Verendrye was the first known non-Indian to set foot in what is now North Dakota. Over a nine-year period, La Verendrye […]

  • Pierre La Verendrye, part 1

    Today begins a two-part series written by guest author and historian Tracy Potter of Bismarck. Tomorrow is the 320th birthday of Pierre Gaultier, who would inherit the title of La Verendrye and become known to generations of North Dakota school children as the first non-Indian to visit the state. Pierre was born in Three Rivers, […]

  • Big Kahuna of Free Throws

    Today’s story is about Tom Amberry, who on this date in 1993, made The Guinness Book of Records by sinking 2,750 free throws in a row. In the words of one announcer, Amberry is “the best free throw shooter ever to touch a basketball.” At the time of his record-breaking performance, Amberry was already retired. […]

  • William Savora

    On this date in 1931, Minot residents learned a jury’s decision in the trial William Savora, accused of murdering Mrs. Dena Korchenko. Six weeks earlier, 13-year-old Melvin Korchenko found his mother lying dead behind a hedge outside the boarding house where she worked as a housekeeper, and where she and her three children were living. […]

  • Flag Controversy

    On this date in 1913, a controversy erupted in Sykeston over the whether an American flag had been used improperly. A news story stated, “When the M.E. Kremer & Co. auction sale was started, a government flag was hoisted over the building. During the night some one took down the flag and left a note […]

  • Two Adoptions

    On this date in 1929, it was announced John K. Kennelly, head of the ND American Legion, was adopted by members of the Standing Rock Reservation. Kennelly received the name Tasunkeduta, or Red Horse, and was given his namesake’s bonnet and beaded cloak during ceremonies in Cannon Ball. Meanwhile, Christopher J. Martineson, Bismarck chief of […]

  • Roy Rogers

    On this date in 1950, the results of Bismarck’s Sears-Roebuck safety slogan contest were in. The winner was a 10-year-old from Ft. Lincoln, for his slogan, “Go Slow or You’ll Go – Fast.” His award was a gold-colored statue of Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger. Young Larry “Roy” Amon took possession of his prize that night, […]

  • Alfred Howe Terry

    Alfred Howe Terry was born into a prosperous Connecticut family on this date in 1827. After graduating from Yale with a law degree, Terry worked for a Connecticut Superior Court. When the Civil War broke out, he raised a regiment of volunteers and led them at First Bull Run and other battles. Terry had a […]

  • Origin of Blue Laws

    On this date in 1920, The Bismarck Tribune explained the state’s Blue Laws stemmed from a disgruntled New Haven colonist who ridiculed the colony’s laws, which he said included: “No one shall cross a river on Sunday unless he be an authorized clergyman. No one shall run on the Sabbath day, or walk in his […]

  • Election Day

    Today is Election Day. This date in earlier years saw some pretty big changes as a result of elections. In fact, it was on this date in 1892 that North Dakotans voted for the first time in a presidential election. Republican Teddy Roosevelt became president on this date in 1904. In 1932, Wild Bill Langer […]

  • George Baker Lynched

    George W. Baker was lynched in Steele on this day in 1912. Historian Frank Vyzralek writes: “…George Baker stepped off the train at Dawson, ND, one quiet [October] morning. Making his way to the home of his father-in-law, Thomas Glass, a respected local pioneer, Baker found his estranged wife, Myrtle, and Glass at breakfast and […]

  • Edsel Ford in Fargo

    In 1922, this was Edsel Ford’s 29th birthday. He and his wife, Eleanor, were in Fargo on business, and to celebrate the occasion, the Fargo Commercial Club treated Mr. and Mrs. Ford to a duck dinner given in their honor. Edsel was Henry Ford’s only child, and like his father, Edsel loved cars. In fact, […]

  • Guy’s Fourth Term

    On this date in 1968, William Guy became the first governor in the state’s history to be elected to a fourth term. He was the third Democratic governor elected since statehood in 1889. It began when he was elected to his first term in November 1960. “We watched the returns…in our farmhouse near Amenia…” he […]

  • NDNG in Iraq

    According to the U.S. Department of Defense, North Dakota has a disproportionate number of men and women serving in Iraq – in fact, it has the highest per capita participation of any state in the Nation. One year ago today, Specialist Cody Wentz, of Williston, became the state’s 9th casualty. He was 21. Others include […]

  • UND vs NDAC

    The first football game between the University of North Dakota and the North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) took place on this date in 1894. UND players called themselves the Flickertails, and NDAC players were called the Farmers. UND had no coach and, until the NDAC match up, it had only been playing towns close […]

  • Dakota Territory Splits

    Dakota Territory officially became two states at 3:40 p.m. on this date in 1889. Congress had debated, for two years, whether the territory would stay intact or become two separate entities. A northern faction lobbied for a single state, but an equally determined southern faction pushed for division. In fact, southern divisionists wanted to make […]

  • King John Satterlund

    Washburn, the oldest city in McLean County, was founded on this date in 1882. The man responsible was John Satterlund, who, by the time he died, was known across the state as “King John.” Satterlund immigrated with his parents from Carlstadt, Sweden, when he was 18. He was smart, well educated, and a risk-taker. The […]

  • Gray Lady of Sims

    The town of Sims had a population of more than 1,000 people in 1884. It was only one year old, but a coal-mining boom, plus a brickyard, brought people to town in droves. Just six years later, only about 400 remained. The post office closed on this date in 1947, and Sims is now pretty […]