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  • Brigadier General James Wold, part 2

    Yesterday we brought you part one of our story on retired Brigadier General James Wold, a much-decorated Air Force pilot in Vietnam who later set up a law practice near Cooperstown. Back in 1969 and ‘70, many of Wold’s 241 combat missions were search and rescues in Vietnam and Laos. In 1994, President Bill Clinton […]

  • Brigadier General James Wold

    James William Wold was born in Minneapolis on this date in 1932, but his family’s roots were in ND. Decades earlier, his grandmother came to work for her aunt and uncle in Grand Forks, then moved back to Norway. In 1923, her 16-year-old son Peter came over and lived in Grand Forks. Little did Peter […]

  • Apollo

    After a harrowing journey, Apollo 13 made it back from space on this date 35 years ago. Astronaut Tony England of West Fargo was in the control room when the Apollo crewman spoke those famous words, “Houston, we have a problem.” NASA turned to England for help, and he and several other engineers scrambled to […]

  • Herbert Wilson, Fort Berthold Doctor

    Doctor Herbert Wilson was born in Bethel, Vermont, on this date in 1921. Wilson was a physician at Fort Berthold for 43 years before retiring nine years ago. Of his self-dedication, Dr. Wilson says he was a product of his times. His college education was interrupted by World War II, which turned his life in […]

  • Black Stallion

    On this date in 1980, the Academy Awards ceremony took place, and featured, among other films, The Black Stallion, which was nominated for best picture and best supporting actor. A sequel, The Return of the Black Stallion immediately went into development, and Corky Randall, the head trainer on The Black Stallion was searching for a […]

  • Dakota Dan

    Two weeks before North Dakota became a state, attorney Leslie Simpson of Minneapolis rented an office above a Dickinson bank and immersed himself in the world of frontier justice. Four years later, he was elected to the ND House and then served in the state senate until 1912. Simpson’s highest-profile case involved a Dickinson rancher […]

  • George Bird Grinnell, Conservationist

    George Bird Grinnell, a respected authority on the Plains Indians, passed away on this date in 1938; he was 88 and had led a vigorous and amazingly productive life. In 2004, the Bugle published a story by Shane Mahoney, who wrote, “He was many things: scientist, hunter, explorer, naturalist, entrepreneur and author. Above all else, […]

  • Bill Shemorry

    Writer, photographer and historian Bill Shemorry passed away one year ago today; he was 89 and was described as “one of a kind.” He was a newspaperman in Williston for more than 70 years and was witness to a great deal of his city’s history. As a child, Shemorry was one of the very first […]

  • Lunching with MacArthur

    William Stern of Fargo and Warren Magnuson of Moorhead were good friends and were together in Asia when the supreme commander of the allied forces was relieved of his post during the Korean War. The official story says Gen. Douglas MacArthur learned of his dismissal while having lunch with visitors on April 11, 1951. Stern […]

  • French Dakota

    If you were alive in 1682 – and living in a large portion of what is now North Dakota – you would have theoretically become French on this date. Having discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, Rene-Robert de LaSalle claimed for France the river, its tributaries, and all the land in between. LaSalle named […]

  • Three Andrists and a Newspaper

    Tomorrow – and the next day, too – will be the birthdays of Calvin Andrist, who was born in Ada, MN, in 1888 – or maybe 1887. His son, John, says, “Dad always claimed two birth dates. After celebrating on April 10 for half a century, he had reason to request an official birth certificate. […]

  • Jacob Bull, Badlands Musician

    Jacob “Jakie” Bull was a somewhat unusual rancher. When he later retired in Dickinson, he was known as “birdman,” which could have been connected to either one of his loves: birds or music. Jakie was just 17 when he and his father, Hans Bull, came to Mandan in 1884. Hans had been a judge in […]

  • Laundry

    The following is from Hiram. M. Drache’s excellent book, “The Challenge of the Prairie: Life and Times of Red River Pioneers”… Washing clothes was (a) woman’s chore. Cisterns were built to store a supply of soft water for washing clothes and for bathing. Often the early cisterns consisted of merely a barrel or two set […]

  • Mark Turcotte, Writer

    Award winning poet Mark Turcotte was born in Lansing, MI, on this date in 1958. Soon after, he moved with his Irish mother and Ojibway father to the Turtle Mountains. In 2002, the editor of Free Verse, Linda Aschbrenner, interviewed Mark about his book, Exploding Chippewas. “I would draw and scribble in my mother’s cookbooks,” […]

  • American Oil Refinery

    On this date in 1953, the American Oil Company held groundbreaking ceremonies for a new refinery in Mandan. Oil had been discovered on the Clarence Iverson farm two years earlier, triggering a boom in the state’s oil industry. The refinery was dedicated in October 1954; Governor C. Norman Brunsdale attended and was presented with a […]

  • The Manitoba Sinks

    One late summer night in 1877, Lady Dufferin was traveling the Red River to Winnipeg aboard the steamer Minnesota. Ahead, another steamboat approached from the opposite direction. “It looked beautiful in the dark,” she wrote in her diary, “with two great bull’s-eyes, green and red lamps and other lights on deck, creeping toward us; we […]

  • Fargo Civic Orchestra

    On this date in 1951, The Fargo Forum ran a big spread titled, “Orchestra Success Regarded by Outsiders as Astounding.” The story, written by Roy P. Johnson, celebrated the symphony’s upcoming 20th anniversary. “Had there been no public appreciation and support, the orchestra may have fallen by the wayside long ago,” Johnson wrote. “It has […]

  • Japanese Bomb Balloon

    An unmanned, Japanese, bomb balloon landed in the Minto-Warsaw area of Walsh County on this date in 1945, but the incident was kept secret until World War II ended five months later. On August 16th, the Fargo Forum reported, “Several other balloons were sighted in the air, and reported to the army authorities, at Fargo, […]

  • Foul Play

    On this date in 1935, the news in North Dakota wasn’t very cheerful. Among other things, two young women had met untimely deaths at the hands of others. Out near Zeeland, in McIntosh County, 21-year-old Leah Hass had been living with her sister, Mrs. Fred Rueb. When Leah was found missing one morning, Mrs. Rueb […]

  • 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 […]