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  • Eagle Woman That All Look At-Part 3

    This is part 3 of our story on Eagle Woman That All Look At, who in the 1860s, lived at Fort Rice on the upper Missouri with her husband, Major Charles Galpin, a licensed trader. Eagle Woman was well liked at the fort, and Captain Adams even described her as “one of the finest women [...]

  • Eagle Woman That All Look At-Part 2

    Yesterday, we began a three-part series on the women who was a contributor to peace between her husband’s white military world and the world of her Yankton father, Chief Two Lance. Eagle Woman That All Look At and her husband, Major Galpin, had agreed to accompany Father De Smet on his trip to Montana. They [...]

  • Eagle Woman That All Look At

    Today begins a 3-part series on Eagle-Woman-That-All-Look-At. She was the daughter of Two Lance, chief of the Upper Yankton Nakota, who felt she was destined to gain some of the same respect and admiration the tribe had given him. Eagle Woman married Honore Picotte, a French fur trader at Fort Union. When he died, she [...]

  • David Thompson

    It was on this date in 1797 that David Thompson arrived at the Knife River villages of the Hidatsa Indians near present-day Stanton. Thompson had tremendous endurance, covering more than 55,000 miles during his life-long explorations. He was also outgoing, somewhat homely, godly and intelligent, with black hair and ruddy cheeks. Thompson was born in [...]

  • First White Baby in ND

    In June of 1806, a 26-year-old Scottish man signed on to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada. John Fubbister was from the parish of St Andrews in the Orkney Islands and soon became known around Fort Albany as The Orkney Lad. Working as an agent, Fubbister paddled his canoe up-river to deliver supplies [...]

  • Editor Jailed

    One doesn’t normally think of newspaper editors as life threatening, but in 1910, on this date, one was sitting in jail in Cando. Mr. Treadwell, editor of a Rock Lake newspaper, had shot two men in a pool room several days before, and nobody was sure if the men would survive. The District Judge in [...]

  • Bishop Shanley

    On this date in 1889, Right Reverend John Shanley was consecrated as the first Catholic Bishop in North Dakota. Some of the state’s first Catholics settled around the James and Pipestem river valley around 1872; visiting missionary priests used, among other sites, a railroad boxcar for celebrating Mass. By 1883, a campaign was launched to [...]

  • Peter Bannigan Gets Away

    On this day in 1876, a soldier lay dead, and a saloonkeeper was arrested for murder. Bismarck was, at this point, as wild as any town on the frontier – one surveyor described it as “17 saloons and 13 other buildings.” This latest incident was another in a long line of too many shootings for [...]

  • Ole Saves Christmas

    In her book, “Nothing to Do but Stay,” Carrie Young tells the story of her Uncle Ole, a Norwegian bachelor farmer living next to her family’s farm near Williston. Ole was never accused of being a go-getter. The oldest of seven children, he was content to live with his parents well into his 30s, hiring [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Anne Carlsen

    One year ago today, North Dakota lost a passionate teacher and visionary, Dr. Anne Carlsen. She was 87 years old and her legacy was the Anne Carlsen Center for Children in Jamestown. Carlsen was born to Danish immigrants in Wisconsin in 1915. She was missing her forearms and lower legs, but early on, her family [...]

  • Turtle Mountains/Chippewa

    On this day in 1882, the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation was established for the Chippewa Tribe. Congress planned for 200 full-bloods, who were allotted 160 acres each, but the Chippewa, true to their culture, decided to hold the land in common rather than claim individual plots. Soon, more than 1,000 mixed-bloods were placed on the [...]

  • Merton Utgaard’s Band Camp

    If you went to International Music Camp between 1956 and 1983, you most definitely remember the tall, silver-haired gentleman who ran the show – he was Merton Utgaard, the camp’s founder. He was born in Maddock in 1914, and today marks the anniversary of his death five years ago. Experiencing Dr. Utgaard as a music [...]

  • Death of Sitting Bull

    On this date in 1890, the government was trying to sort out what had happened three days earlier when Sitting Bull was shot dead at dawn. Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota holy man whose father, Jumping Bull, named him “Slow.” When 14-year-old Slow fought in his first war, he charged instead of waiting for [...]

  • American Buffalo – Part 2

    In the early 1800s, millions of buffalo covered the prairies in vast thriving herds. But by the end of that century, the species had been all but wiped out. With the coming of the homesteaders and the railroad, it was inevitable that the buffalo would be threatened. But a threat that was unforseen came with [...]

  • Rick Helling

    If you watched the World Series this fall, you saw a player named Rick Helling pitching for the winning team, the Florida Marlins. Rick grew up in Lakota, and today is his birthday. Immediately after high school, Rick pursued football, not baseball. He was playing for UND when an old Legion baseball teammate started talking [...]

  • Edwin Ladd and Pure Foods

    Edwin Ladd was born on this date in 1859. He was one of the first chemists at the North Dakota Agricultural College and later became president of the school. Professor Ladd became nationally known for conducting research on food samples and discovering many to be impure and adulterated. Beef was laced with poisonous preservatives, and [...]

  • James Rosenquist

    Today is the 70th birthday of one of the world’s most famous pop artists, James Rosenquist. Last month, the New York Times published a review of Rosenquist’s current art exhibit – a retrospective of his life’s work, which is on display at the Guggenheim in New York; it is, in fact, the museum’s first show [...]

  • Joe Milo and Willie Ross

    On this day in 1914, a Bottineau prisoner was raising money, so his body wouldn’t be used for science. At the time, Joe Milo was facing a death sentence for his part in a double murder at Lansford. Because he was penniless and had nobody who would pay to bury him, he knew that his [...]

  • Gorman Dogfight

    On this date in 1948, Lieutenant George F. Gorman wrote a letter stating, “…the Air Materiel Command has issued orders classifying the information as Secret. And this makes it a General Court Martial to release any more information. The Command has asked that my commanding officer and myself be court-martialed for releasing what information we [...]