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  • Guadalcanal

    “Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure – after Guadalcanal he retreated at ours.” With those words by Admiral “Bull” Halsey, we begin a special four-part series about North Dakota’s role in America’s first offensive action in World War II. In 1941, Imperial Japan’s war was limited to the Asian mainland, but on December […]

  • Minot Missile Base UFO

    A major encounter with a very large orange UFO took place near Minot Air Force Base on this date in 1968. It was the middle of the Cold War. Active missile sites were peppered across the North Dakota landscape, and military personnel were on high alert. At about 3 in the morning, Mike O’Connor was […]

  • Fort Abercrombie

    Fort Abercrombie, between Fargo and Wahpeton, was abandoned on this date in 1877. It was the first military post on North Dakota soil when it was thrown together in 1857. It was abandoned two years later, and then reoccupied the following year. At first it consisted of four wooden buildings, a small brick storehouse, a […]

  • New Rockford

    A North Dakota town with many names was incorporated as a city on this date in 1912. It started in 1882 as a cluster of pioneer townsites named Dunn, Dunn’s Creek and Garrison, founded by mostly Scandinavians who followed the path of buffalo hunters. When the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1883, these villages were […]

  • October 1911

    Some wild and crazy things were going on about this time in 1911. Out west, a woman was going after the Dickinson City Council. A Fargo Forum article read, “Mrs. Anna Lenneville sent a communication to the city council in which she cited the fact that she had been a resident of Dickinson for thirty […]

  • Most Decorated Soldier

    As an infantryman, Woodrow Wilson Keeble of Wahpeton became the state’s most decorated soldier. He fought with the ND 164th in WWII and as a marksman and expert with a Browning Automatic Rifle, he had one of the military’s most dangerous jobs – yet he survived more than five years of ground fighting in that […]

  • Edward Curtis, Photographer

    When Edward Curtis died on this date in 1952, he left behind a massive body of work – 20 volumes of photographs attempting to capture a way of life that had largely ceased to exist. Curtis was born in Wisconsin in 1868 but grew up near Cordova, MN. When he was 21, he moved with […]

  • Beer and Bloodshed

    Prohibition in North Dakota was in full force in 1910, and on this date of that year, the question in Minot was, “Who Stole the City’s Beer?” The story read, “When a number of blind pigs about the city were pulled recently, the amber fluid was confiscated and stored away in the archives of the […]

  • Dakota Boys Ranch

    Walter Paul Buck was born in Garrison on this date in 1915. He was the son of Reverend Paul and Clara Buck and received his post-secondary education at Concordia Jr. College in St. Paul and at UND. Walter married Ella Sailer in Stanton in 1941, and with his subsequent jobs, they traveled the globe. He […]

  • Chips for Church

    In 1878, Mr. M. H. Jewell became the new owner of the Bismarck Tribune, which he published until his death in 1911. In 1920, Jewell’s widow wrote a lengthy article about the early days of Bismarck, in which she said, “The Presbyterian church was organized in June, 1873, in a tent on Mainstreet near Third. […]

  • Ann Brown Bolin

    Ann Brown Bolin was born on this date in 1893 and died in Cass County exactly 81 years later. She studied sculpture at the NDAC in Fargo and then got her masters degree from Columbia University, where she studied under Grant Wood, Malderelli and Alexander Archipenko. Bolin worked in stone, wood, and clay and eventually […]

  • Ernest Sands

    Lt. Ernest M. Sands of Minot was a bombardier for the 458th Bomb Group when he was shot down over Cologne, Germany, on this date in 1944. Sands was aboard a B-24 piloted by William Klusmeyer and knew everyone in the crew except the 2nd navigator, who called himself M.C. Upon reaching the target, the […]

  • Whiz Bang

    Fifty-seven years ago this fall, a famous celebrity was born on a ranch north of Medora. He was Whiz Bang – a feisty colt whose dam was a big buckskin and whose father was a paint stallion. Whiz Bang was born on the Walt Neuens ranch, which had been bought by Jimmie Stevens the year […]

  • UFOs, Snakes and Rats

    “Nothing is so busy as an idle rumor.” That was the parting shot reported in the Bismarck Tribune about this time in 1948. Seems the reporters had recently been led on some wild goose chases. The story read: “Newsmen had a busy time last Saturday morning chasing leads on a flying saucer story. The story […]

  • Badlands Bill McCarty

    Will Harrison was born in Iowa in 1875, but in constant search of a better life, his family moved around a lot. Will’s father died while he was still young, so he went to live with, and work for, a family named McCarty, whose name he eventually took as his own. By age 21, he […]

  • Brigadier General Edward Godfrey

    Yesterday was the birthday of Edward Settle Godfrey, who was born in Ohio in 1843. When he was just 18, he went against his parents’ wishes and joined the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry — to their great relief, he fought in the Civil War just four months. But, it was long enough to get soldiering […]

  • Cowboy Cookin

    Trail bosses knew the better the cook, the better the men he could hire, because one of the few pleasures in a cowpoke’s day was eating. Preferred cuisine included beans, Sourdough Biscuits, Red Bean Pie and Vinegar Pie. Here’s the recipe for another delicacy, Sonofabitch Stew: Kill off a young steer. Cut up about a […]

  • Flirting with the Angels

    On this day in 1915, The Gackle Republican ran a front-page story titled “Flirting with the Angels.” Turns out Jack Strausser, of Havelock, had picked up fifty pounds of dynamite from C. C. Culver’s coal mine and was hauling it in his horse-drawn buggy. When turning a corner, one side of his buggy seat dropped, […]

  • Homesteading Near Fort Abercrombie

    Andrew Paulson met Hanna Broken in western Wisconsin, where they were married in 1869. Both were Norwegian immigrants, and for a time, Andrew supported Hanna as a logger. Three years later, however, they had lost everything in a bad business deal. In 1871, Andrew left Hanna in Chippewa Falls and headed west to Fort Abercrombie […]

  • Jim Johnston, Rodeo Star

    Today is the birthday of Jim Johnston, who was born north of Watford City on this date in 1937. Jim was only two years old when his father, Andy, died. After that, Jim and his brothers went to live with their bachelor uncle, Ben Johnston, who also ranched near Watford City. Jim quit school when […]