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  • Sharing Agriculture

    In 1947, in the midst of the “red scare,” the Cold War and the Bay of Pigs, it is easy to focus on the United States and Russia’s power struggles. However, China was also undergoing great upheaval. Since it had become a republic in 1912, the country had been embattled both internally and externally. The […]

  • Franciscan Sisterhood

    The grandeur of the plains is more subtle than most landscapes. It appeases the need for simplicity, filled with absences. Quiet, modest, and if one is not accustomed, lonely. However, for a faithful lover of the prairies, it holds not loneliness, but peace. This peace appealed to a group of Franciscan Sisters who made their […]

  • Ralph Budd

    Born on an Iowa farm in 1879, Ralph Budd played an important role in North Dakota’s early rail transportation and tourism. Graduating from college with a civil engineering degree at the age of 19, Ralph Budd became the youngest chief executive of a railroad when he was named president of the Great Northern at the […]

  • Walsh County

    In 1881, the Dakota Territorial Legislature approved a bill authorizing the creation of a new county carved out of the southern portion of Pembina County and the northern portion of Grand Forks County. Sponsored by George H. Walsh of Grand Forks, President of the Dakota Territorial Council, the bill to create Walsh County was initially […]

  • Intertribal Trade

    When we think of international commerce; we often think of America’s great cities like New York or Chicago, not the rolling hills and rugged badlands of North Dakota. However for over thirteen hundred years, long before the great trading cities of our day, the Dakota prairies were home to some of the most extensive trading […]

  • Governor Walter Maddock

    It was on this day in 1928 that North Dakota’s fourteenth governor, Arthur G. Sorlie passed away while in office. Taking up the reigns of government was Lieutenant Governor Walter J. Maddock, sworn in shortly following Governor Sorlie’s death. The Sorlie/Maddock governorships occurred in the middle of perhaps the greatest political war in North Dakota […]

  • Chicken Mystery Part 2

    If you heard Dakota Datebook on August 22, you heard a tale of tongue-in-cheek newspaper advertising, and legion fundraising in a search for some lost chickens that raised residents’ attention across the summer of 1945. The goal, however, was very serious: Money was to go to a party for the area servicemen, once they returned. […]

  • 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 […]