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  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson

    Born on November 3, 1879 in Arnes, Manitoba, Vilhjalmur Stefansson went on to become one of the most recognized Arctic researchers of all time. Although claimed by Canada as their greatest Arctic explorer, Vilhjalmur moved from his native land when he was only eighteen months old. In 1881 the Stefanssons moved to a farm in […]

  • Philemon Bliss

    President James Buchanan signed the 1861 legislation creating Dakota Territory, but it was left to the next president, Abraham Lincoln, to appoint territorial leaders. For the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Dakota Territory, President Lincoln appointed an abolitionist congressman from Ohio, Philemon Bliss. Born in Canton, Connecticut in 1813, Philemon Bliss […]

  • Noxious Weed

    On this date in 2005 the ND Department of Agriculture issued a bulletin announcing a new website designed to help fight the spread of harmful vegetation. The department’s anti-weed website is not dedicated to curtailing the growth marijuana, but the spread of noxious weeds which not only destroy crops, but are harmful to humans as […]

  • Palmer’s Spring

    It was this date in 1868 that six soldiers escorting mail from Fort Totten were ambushed by Yankton and Blackfeet Indians in present-day Benson County. The group had just begun their midday meal when the Indians, seeing that the soldiers had left their weapons in the mail-wagon, launched their attack from behind a limestone boulder; […]

  • Chicken Mystery, Part 1

    At the beginning of the summer in 1945, the secretary of the American Legion Post in Ashley asked the editor of the Ashley Tribune to report on what he and many others called a mystery: Some chicken had strayed from the chicken barn, and were lost. The paper really upped the advertising ante on these […]

  • Medora von Hoffman

    When the Marquis de Morès arrived in the Badlands of Dakota Territory in April of 1883, he pitched his tent on the east bank of the Little Missouri River near the crossing of the Northern Pacific. Christening the site with a bottle of fine French wine, the Marquis named it in honor of his wife, […]

  • N.D. Teen Queen

    Every girl’s a princess—or at least, so said Frances Hodgson Burnett in her book, “A little princess.” But not every girl gets the chance to get crowned. In 1968, Nelson County supported four girls, Cathy Kinneberg, Lyla Frederikson and Miss Sandra Ternquist, all from the town of Petersburg, as well as Sharon Haas, of Tolna, […]

  • Hay Meadows

    From the hay meadows of Painted Woods lake, near present day Mandan, a Mr. “Hay Baler” sent a joyful greeting to the editor of the Bismarck Tribune in 1874. The name of the letter-writer is likely a pseudonym, but the sentiments were authentic, filled with exuberant and thoughtful description. There must be something in the […]

  • Hilaire du Berrier

    Today’s story is about one of the most daring people North Dakota has ever produced: Hilaire du Berrier – soldier, daredevil, artist, stunt pilot, writer and spy. His parents were among the founders of Flasher, where, in November 1906, he became the first white child born in that town. His Huguenot parents gave him the […]

  • The Frontier Scout

    In July of 1864 two men of the Wisconsin Infantry stationed at Fort Union, Robert Winegar and Ira Goodwin published the first recorded newspaper in present-day North Dakota, the Frontier Scout. At a cost of $3.00 for a yearly subscription, and advertised as a weekly, only four editions of the Frontier Scout were published between […]

  • Major Marcus Reno’s Honor Restored

    When Major Marcus Reno died in March of 1889, he was quietly buried in an unmarked grave in Washington DC. Although officially cleared of accusations that he could have rescued Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Reno failed to escape unrelated charges of conduct unbecoming an officer. Court-martialed at Fort Meade by an […]

  • Swedish Soap

    In 1892 The Daily Argus’ “Fargo Town Talk” section covered small news stories generated from the local rumor mill. Business news, visitors to town, and jokes added light entertainment to the paper. One news-clip featured a tale told by the traveling salesman C.E. Runy. Runy, like many traveling salesmen of the time, stayed at the […]

  • Great Depression Part II

    If you were listening to Datebook yesterday, you heard about some troubles faced by Dakotans during the depression. Drought wreaked havoc on the Dakotas, causing crops to fail, sprits to drop, and problems to occur. But amidst all the grief, there is always hope. Robert Hunke, a “true pioneer” of Richardton for the past 53 […]

  • The Great Depression

    In 1936, in the midst of the “dirty thirties,” August was just one in a long line of drought-stricken months. By the beginning of the month, 236 emergency grant applications had been made to the Federal Resettlement Administration from Stark County alone. The whole state was suffering from the drought, though; it was reported in […]

  • Paul Fjelde

    The son of a well-known Norwegian sculptor, Paul Fjelde (Fell-dee) was born on this date, August 12, 1892. In 1887 Paul’s father, Jacob Fjelde, had moved the family to Minnesota. Opening one of the first studios in Minneapolis, his father enjoyed a brief but highly successful career in the city. Following Jacob’s death in 1896, […]

  • Harry J. Pearce

    When we picture high powered attorneys or the leaders of America’s many major corporations, we often think of the stereotype presented by Hollywood; a brash twenty something with East Coast roots, fresh out of an Ivy League college. However, as is so often the case, such stereotypes are often inaccurate, and the real version is […]

  • Era Bell Thompson

    Era Bell Thompson, the famed African American author, was born on this day in 1905. In 1917 the Thompson family moved from Iowa to Driscoll, North Dakota where Era Bell grew up in the only black family in the region. After finishing high school in Bismarck, Thompson attended UND and studied journalism. Although there were […]

  • Daniel M. Frost

    Born on this day in 1823, Daniel Marsh Frost is most familiar as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. But before the Civil War, Daniel Frost played an important role in the development of Dakota Territory. While serving in the Mexican War, or shortly thereafter, Frost met fellow West Pointer John Blair Todd, a […]

  • FDR Visit

    On this day in 1934, residents of Devils Lake were still talking and enjoying the hype, the charisma and the excitement of seeing a national president—in fact, the first president to visit their city. On the day before, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife made a small stop in Devils Lake on their way back […]

  • Espionage Trials

    It is an American tradition on a summer evening to grill a sausage or two, put it on a bun, and enjoy it with all the fixings. However in 1917, it was not a frankfurter with sauerkraut, but a hotdog with liberty cabbage. It was WWI, the U.S. was at war, and the enemy was […]