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  • Mayville Normal School

    Mayville State University opened its doors as Mayville Normal School on this date in 1890. North Dakota had been in business as a state for only one year at that time. Bismarck had retained the state capitol, but other towns and cities wanted a share of the spoils, as well. George H. Walsh, a wheeler-dealer […]

  • Fort Sauerkraut

    The Dakota Territory Indian Wars primarily ended when Sitting Bull surrendered his people at Ft. Buford in 1875. Tribes were confined to reservations with poor land where wild game had been hunted to near extinction. The government promised them rations and supplies, but graft and corruption was so rampant in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, […]

  • Cass Gilbert, Architect

    A number of wonderful restorations have saved many worthy historic buildings around the state during the past several decades. Among these nick-of-time projects was the restoration of Fargo’s Northern Pacific Depot. Construction of the building began in 1898 and was finished in 1900. The architect was Cass Gilbert, who was born on this date in […]

  • Fort Pembina Makes Merry

    During the summer of 1801, Alexander Henry and his employees built a new trading post named “Fort Pembina” near the Red River just south of the Canadian border. They had built a different post the year before and called it Park River, but a spring flood forced them to relocate. Sometime that summer, they began […]

  • Comanche, Bighorn Survivor

    The 7th Cavalry’s lone survivor at the Battle of the Little Bighorn was a horse named Comanche. During the battle, many soldiers slaughtered and hid behind their horses for cover, but it’s reported that Lt. Col. Myles Keough kept his horse alive and crouched between Comanche’s legs as he fought. Keough was killed, but victorious […]

  • Ralph Engelstad

    It was two years ago today that UND benefactor, Ralph Engelstad, quietly passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He is primarily remembered for his sense of humor, his philanthropy, his humanitarian spirit, and his savvy business ventures. Engelstad was born in 1930, the grandson of a Norwegian immigrant who farmed potatoes near Thief […]

  • Thanksgiving News, 1931

    As it does this year, Thanksgiving Day also fell on November 25th in 1931. Around the state that year, there was good news, and there was bad news. In Minot, 13 year-old Boy Scout, Arthur Grandin, received a certificate of heroism from the National Boy Scout Court of Honor that day. The previous summer, Arthur […]

  • Marquis de Mores

    The Medora Stage and Forwarding Company was incorporated by the Marquis de Mores on this date in 1884. It consisted of a stagecoach line between Medora and Deadwood, South Dakota. The Marquis, otherwise known as Antoine-Adedee-Marie-Vincent-Amat Manca de Vallombrosa, got off the train in Dakota Territory in the spring of 1883. The handsome 25 year-old […]

  • George F. Shafer

    George F. Shafer was born in the town of Taylor in Stark County on this date in 1888. He was the first governor of North Dakota who was actually born in the state. He filled the office twice, from 1929 to 1932. Shafer’s parents, Charles and Eva, had a ranch in what is now McKenzie […]

  • U.S.S. North Dakota

    In the early 20th century, Germany, England, France and Japan were all engaged in building huge battleships called dreadnoughts; they were named after the first of their kind, the HMS Dreadnought, built by the British in 1905. Dreadnoughts were made of steel with heavy armor plating and multiple large guns. The U.S. jumped into the […]

  • First Two Senators

    On this date in 1889, the North Dakota State Legislature elected Gilbert Pierce and Lyman Casey as North Dakota’s first U.S. Senators. The McKenzie political gang was in power on one side, and on the other was the Farmer’s Alliance, whose slogan was “The Farmers Must Rule North Dakota.” Pierce was the choice of the […]

  • Willard Dowsett, Distinguished Service

    On the night of November 20, 1942, the North Dakota 164th Infantry took up positions under cover of darkness on the island of Guadalcanal, where they had been in action for almost a month. The following morning, they were instructed to cross a deep ravine and attack the Japanese who were embedded on the opposite […]

  • Jamestown College

    Jamestown College was incorporated on this day in 1883. The Presbyterians had been proposing a college somewhere in Minnesota or Dakota Territory and began receiving bids from interested cities the year before. Grand Forks made an offer, but UND was about to open in Grand Forks the following year, reducing its luster. Fergus Falls was […]

  • Black Fox

    Breathtaking hills, valleys and grassy buttes surround the town of Linton, southeast of Bismarck. East of town, stallions run with their bands of mares. They are Nokotas, the ND State Equine. In the late 1970s, Frank and Leo Kuntz of Linton bought a number of horses taken from the wild herds running in Theodore Roosevelt […]

  • The Butterfly Guy

    Today we’re talking about a man whose chronic insomnia was first his curse and then his blessing. Emil Krauth was born around 1872 in the German village of Eberbach. As a child, he became fascinated with the stone entrance to a local cemetery. Carved into the stone were butterflies, which, his pastor explained, represented the […]

  • Louis Riel Executed

    On this date in 1885, Louis Riel was executed at Regina, Saskatchewan, for treason. Riel was a Metis, a unique mixed-blood population made up primarily of French and Chippewa ancestry. As a leader of his people, Riel came to be a controversial figure in Canadian history. Riel was born in the Red River Settlement in […]

  • Ladbury Church is Saved

    The village of Sibley, on Lake Ashtabula, was formed in 1954, the same year that Karnak, named for an Egyptian king, closed its post office. They had in common the Ladbury Church. This church building was the first built in the town of Kensal, in 1899. When it closed in 1926, a rural congregation near […]

  • Doyle Set Free

    News coming out of Grand Forks on this date in 1906 stated that Martin Doyle had been acquitted for the charge of murdering his Cavalier County neighbor, Vincent Weiler. The previous winter, Weiler mysteriously disappeared, and soon after, Doyle produced a deed for Weiler’s land. The deed was executed at Snowflake, Manitoba, where the two […]

  • Whiskey Runners

    At about this time in 1920, news came from Minot that whiskey runners appeared to be making their last trips of the season. A news article read, “The runners are carrying heavy loads on their return trips from the border this week, but the roads are frozen and where the going is smooth, the ‘whiskey […]

  • Strikes and Martial Law, Part 2

    Today we continue the story of a miners’ strike that ended with Governor Lynn Frazier declaring martial law on this date in 1919. It was a year of great upheaval. Across the country, the working class rebelled against corporate greed by walking off the job. Across the country, 125,000 members of the United Mine Workers […]