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  • Deathbed Confession

    Women who homesteaded alone in North Dakota faced many challenges – from the land, the weather, natural disasters, hunger, disease and isolation. Another threat came from unwanted attentions from men, and many female homesteaders grabbed loaded guns when strange men approached their shanties. Since it was considered shameful to be the victim of sexual attacks, […]

  • The Oblong Box

    On this date in 1905, the Courier Democrat of Cavalier County ran a story about a paymaster who got spooked at the railroad station in Drayton. Before heading for Drayton, Willard Bugbee went to the bank to withdraw $12,000 so he could pay off the section’s railroad workers. At the train station, he noticed that […]

  • Varsity Bachelor Club

    On this date in 1902, ten young, turned-down, heart-pierced UND men founded the Varsity Bachelor Club. “We had all been fooled to the top of our bent,” one said, “had all received the cold answer ‘No,’ when we had every reason to expect ‘Yes.’ At this ill treatment and Miss-usage, we were so indignant that […]

  • Dog Finds Skull

    An 1895 article in the Milton Globe read: “A dog at Devils Lake appeared on the streets carrying a human head. It proved to be that of Jack Kenny, whom the state’s attorney had exhumed for the purpose of using as evidence before the jury…The door was left open, and the dog went in and […]

  • Polly Hamilton and Dillinger, Part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part one in the story of how Fargo native, Polly Hamilton, became the girlfriend of John Dillinger and was with him when the FBI gunned him down outside a Chicago movie theater. Hamilton claimed she knew the man only as Jimmy Lawrence and went into hiding. In April 1934 – 3 […]

  • Polly Hamilton and Dillinger, Part 1

    Today marks the anniversary of Polly Hamilton, who died in Chicago in 1969 under the name, Edythe Black. Since 1934, Polly’s name had been forever linked to notorious gangster, John Dillinger. Today we bring you part one of their story. Dillinger was likable as a kid – smart with good grades. Even at the time […]

  • Opera Houses

    It was on this in 1735 that the first opera performance in America took place. The opera was Flora, and it was performed in Charleston, South Carolina. As North Dakota entered statehood, many small towns boasted opera houses where rough-hewn farm families could enjoy “higher” culture. In his book, “The Story of North Dakota,” Erling […]

  • The James Gang in ND

    The anniversary of Frank James’s death in 1972 is reported as either this past Sunday or tomorrow, so today’s story lands somewhere in the middle. A sign in Missouri states: Young Jesse James was plowing the fields near this location in 1863 when Federal Soldiers surrounded him and demanded information about the location of his […]

  • Headbolt Heaters

    Yesterday we told you about the state record for cold weather… 60 below in Parshall in 1936. Well, today we bring you a story of a man who made life in winter wonderland a whole lot easier. Andrew Freeman was born in 1909 and grew up in Upham. In 1932, he graduated from UND with […]

  • 60 Below

    On this date in 1936, the temperature plummeted to 60 below in Parshall – and that’s one state record nobody wants to break. Lucy Goldthorpe, a young, single schoolteacher, told a reporter about her first year homesteading near Epping. “That winter of 1906-07 was the worst known up to that time in the Dakotas… Livestock […]

  • Bedroom of 2 Lovers

    It’s Valentines Day, so here’s a romantic love story. In 1899, Mary Glover staked a claim on land near Edgeley. It adjoined the claim of a man named Hollingsworth, and the two fell in love. Married women couldn’t file land claims, but single women could. And, according to law, they were allowed to marry while […]

  • Medina Shootout

    Twenty-one years ago today, there was a shootout between Federal Marshals, Gordon Kahl and other members of the Posse Comitatus on a road east of Medina. Gordon Kahl was born in 1920, the oldest of five kids. He is described as being musical, loving to hunt, a practical joker and an excellent mechanic. He was […]

  • Who Was FPG?

    This Saturday marks the birthday of Felix Paul Greve, a mysterious writer born in Germany in 1879. Greve was only 21 when his first known work was published, and he soon became renowned for his translations, poetry, fiction and plays in Europe and later in Canada. In October, 1902, Greve was staging Oscar Wilde comedies […]

  • Experimental Theater on the Prairie

    Today marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Little Country Theatre at NDSU. During the early 1900s, North Dakota Agricultural College was on the cutting edge of a bold experiment known as the “country life movement.” The aim was to bring theater to the masses, especially rural communities, by celebrating regional folk lore […]

  • ND Gives Town to MT

    On this date in 1966, word came from Bismarck that a North Dakota town was going to be given back to Montana. At that time, Westby was a town of about 300 people on the northern North Dakota/Montana border. Residents had been used to thinking that they were from Montana, but between 1963 and 1966, […]

  • World’s Shortest Interstate

    The world’s shortest interstate streetcar line used to run between Wahpeton and Breckenridge. The route was .14 miles long, transported about 750 passengers a day, and ran from 1910 to 1925. It traveled about 15-20 miles per hour and provided one of the earliest means of traveling between the two towns. A few pieces of […]

  • Fargo Winter Carnivale

    Today is the second annual Fargo Winter Carnivale, which is being held from 2 until 12:30 at the historic Fargo Theatre. There will be 24 bands, as well as films, art, stand-up comedy and a wearable art fashion show. The event is a grassroots effort organized by The Abandoned Scout Camp, which last year pooled […]

  • Wm Barry Commits Murder

    On this day in 1901, 42 year-old Mary Ann Barry died in Jamestown in what was then called the Insane Asylum. Less than a month earlier, her brother, William Barry, drove into Milton, North Dakota, to give himself up for having killed Andrew Mellum in the barn that morning. It’s a complicated story – one […]

  • Snowstorms

    It was on this date in 1949 that the North Dakota Air National Guard was called up to drop feed for stranded starving animals in the western part of the state, where a storm had dumped 16 inches on top of the 14 that were already on the ground. Anybody who has lived here for […]

  • Double Ditch Mandan Village

    About eight miles north of Bismarck is a bluff on which the Mandan Indians once had a thriving village called Double Ditch Village, which is designated as a significant historic site. On October 22nd, 1804, Captain William Clark noted the village in his journal, writing “Passed 2 old villages at the mouth of a large […]