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  • The Prince and the Painter, Part 1

    Springtime is an excellent time of year to set out on a river journey. And that’s exactly what a German gentleman named Prince Maximilian of Wied was preparing to do in April of 1832. The journey would take the Prince and his two assistants to the heart of North America before they would reverse direction […]

  • Ev Albers

    On this date, during “the Great Blizzard of 1942,” Ev Albers was born in Oliver County. Dakota Datebook probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Albers, because he, as executive director of the ND Humanities Council, made sure we received the necessary funding. Albers grew up on a dairy farm near Hannover. His daughter Gretchen […]

  • Mad Trapper, Part 2

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook told of a tow-headed little Norwegian immigrant boy who grew up in Williams County, North Dakota, turned to a life of crime at age 16 and did time in three western state pens before vanishing in the early 1920s. Johnny Johnson knew how to handle a gun and was at home in […]

  • Public Radio in North Dakota

    Public Radio stations have been providing their distinctive non-commercial programming in North Dakota for more than eighty years. Seven years ago today most of those stations were united for the first time in the statewide network we know as North Dakota Public Radio. The story of public radio in North Dakota is too complicated to […]

  • Tom Mix Wedding, Part 2

    Yesterday’s Dakota Datebook was on the anniversary of the wedding of Olive Stokes and Tom Mix. The nuptials took place before a Billings County Justice of the Peace on a Medora ranch in 1909. The courtship had been brief, barely a month. After New Years, Olive and Tom made a twenty-mile ride along the Little […]

  • Women of Hatton, Part 2

    It was business as usual in the saloons of Hatton on this day in 1890. Business was good. Fires crackled in the stoves. Thick-fingered men played cards, smoked, spat, laughed, argued, and kept the bartenders busy refilling their glasses. The single pane windows were frosted over. New arrivals stomped the snow from their boots and […]

  • Jefferson Speaks to Indian Leaders

    January 4, 1806 — 200 years ago today — was the day of an important diplomatic exchange between the President of the United States and some of the Indian nations Lewis and Clark had encountered in the interior of the rapidly expanding nation. On their way westward Lewis and Clark had convinced some Indian leaders […]

  • Manhunt in Fargo

    On this date in 1931, the Sabin State Bank in Sabin, MN, was robbed, leading to a weeklong manhunt in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Four men hit the bank around 2:30 in the afternoon. Three of them entered, with their faces exposed, and demanded the bank’s holdings from the solitary cashier, George Carlson. A fourth man […]

  • Secrets of Bob Watson

    Today’s story is from the Mandan Daily Pioneer in December 1926 and is quite an entertaining one. “‘Bob Watson,’ 22, hotel clerk, pick and shovel cement worker, nifty swain of local young ladies, former miner, rodeo rider, today joined HER husband, Glen A. Halling on a farm near Price, N.D. Her masquerade locally, as a […]

  • Fort Totten Tragedy

    This week, we’re bringing you stories of North Dakota in December 1926. Today’s is a tragedy involving fire and heroism. When Fort Totten was first constructed near what is now Devils Lake, Major Forbes was the first person to try to set up some sort of education program. In 1872, he persuaded two of his […]

  • Quakes and a Galloping Goose

    This week we’ll be featuring stories from 1926, which we’re dedicating to Mr. Jim Davis, who provides us with a lot of help with research at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. In fact, Jim discovered almost all the stories for this week – again, they’re from December 1926. We start with strange earthquakes […]

  • Problem of Matrimonitis

    At this time in 1916, North Dakota was experiencing a severe teacher shortage. To address the problem, voters had just approved a constitutional amendment to create Dickinson Normal School, which would offer a two-year program to train more elementary and secondary school teachers. Leading up the election, the Bismarck Daily Tribune published an article that […]

  • And More Letters to Santa

    Letters to Santa show Christmas was a bit less commercial back in 1930. Doris Jean Westmiller, of Underwood, wrote, “Dear Santa, I am a little girl six years old and I’m in the first grade at school. I have tried to be good during the past year so I wish that you would bring me […]

  • More Letters to Santa

    In 1930, there was great speculation of whether letters to Santa Claus might induce the jolly fellow to make a personal visit to ND. Lenard Moffit wrote, “I am reading the Bismarck Tribune about Santa Claus. Do you think he will come to my house. I am 10 years old and live five miles south […]

  • A Dering Christmas

    John Dering was in dire straits in the fall of 1916. Four months earlier, his two sons had been drafted to fight in what one reporter called “America’s Little War” down on the Mexican border. Mrs. Dering – John’s wife of 50 years – was a bed-ridden invalid, too afflicted to care for herself. With […]

  • Presents from a Bomb Bay

    Today’s story comes to us from Scott Nelson, an artist and history enthusiast from Solen. The story is based on an interview Nelson conducted with WWII veteran Del Skjod of Mandan. During the summer of 1944, Lt. Del Skjod and his crew were sent deep into Germany to destroy a strategic target. Skjod was the […]

  • Letters to Santa

    Back in 1930, the decision of whether Santa would visit Bismarck area children was in the hands of H. P. Goddard, Secretary of the Association of Commerce. On November 24th, Santa sent Goddard a radiogram from the North Pole, which read, “Dear Sir: Will you please ask the children of your city and the Missouri […]

  • Fargo’s Christmas Tree

    The Northern Pacific Railroad founded Fargo in 1871. On the other side of the river, another town was growing at the same time – Moorhead. Minnesota was already organized, and there were concerns of how the Dakota Territory was going develop. But land in Moorhead was extremely expensive, so many people had moved to the […]

  • Blizzard

    Christmas Eve in 1935 was memorable because, for some, one of the state’s worst blizzards turned the holiday into a tragedy. The storm began in the northwest corner of the state and soon stretched east, to the New England states, and south to Ohio. By the time it blew itself out, nearly 200 people in […]

  • Governor Roger Allin

    Roger Allin, was born in Devonshire, England, on this date in 1848. Three years later, his family emigrated to Ontario, where he eventually went into farming. Allin moved to Dakota Territory in 1881 and filed a 160-acre claim in Walsh County. The following year he was elected justice of the peace, and in 1886, he […]