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  • White and Blue Angels

    On this date in 2002, 1,791 people laid themselves down in the snow in Bismarck and made snow angels – a new record that’s now in the Guinness World Records. Since then, the people of Syracuse, NY, have twice challenged the record but failed. In what’s become a good-natured rivalry, they’ve given Bismarck notice they’re […]

  • Rattlesnake Lisemba

    On this date in 1939, a former Fargo barber learned he would be hanged for his most recent wife’s murder. She was his last victim, but not his first; his first was Winona Wallace, of Fargo. Raymond Lisemba was born to Alabama sharecroppers in 1895 and was living the life of a cotton picker when […]

  • Flint, First Export

    As closely as archeologists can figure, North Dakota’s first export commodity was flint, a semi-translucent igneous rock that was mined in Dunn and Mercer Counties about 9,500 B.C. Indigenous peoples of the northern plains hunted mammoths, giant bison and other large animals during this time period. Flint from the Knife River region was used for […]

  • ND’s Million People

    On this date in 1915, the Bismarck Tribune noted a prediction that North Dakota’s population would reach one million within the next two years, based on research by the Commercial Club of Grand Forks. “(The) Club,” the story read, “finds that North Dakota now has an estimated population of 886,312. This is a gain of […]

  • Homesteading Ladies of Ireland

    Today is a big day for the Irish, with St. Patrick’s Day. It was also an important time in the lives of several Irish homesteaders back in the early 1900s. Edith McGuire was born on this date in 1881 and was just 20 years old when she came to Renville County to stake her claim […]

  • Prairie Built Mushers

    Today is the tenth day of the Alaskan dog race, the Iditarod, and the first teams are expected to begin crossing the finish line today. Others will be out on the 1,500-mile trail for as much as another week. Some of the sleds being used in the race were constructed in North Dakota. Jim Miller […]

  • Torkel Njaa’s German Shepherds

    Torkel Njaa was born during this week in 1870 in Thime, Norway. He pioneered in Griggs County with a farm in the Sheyenne Valley southeast of Cooperstown. Njaa was well known for his experimentation with cerea1 grains and livestock, and some of finest horses and cattle in the county came from Torkel’s farm. In 1914, […]

  • Lloyd Harmon

    Musician 2nd Class Lloyd Frost Harmon, from Mandan, was discharged from the army on this date in 1919. He served with Company A of the 164th Infantry during World War I. The following is a letter he wrote to a friend named Mick from “Somewhere in France” in 1918: Nearly wept great alligator tears of […]

  • GT Schjeldahl, Space Pioneer

    Gilmore T. Schjeldahl was one of the great creative minds of our times. He was born June 1st, 1912, and grew up in Esmond, Mott and, finally, in his mother’s hometown of Northwood. As a child, he enjoyed learning how things worked in blacksmith shops, farm implement stores, and power plants. He built his family’s […]

  • A Soldier Looks Back

    Today’s story comes from the reminiscences of J.W. Foley Sr., the father of J.W. Foley Jr. who became a highly regarded poet. The elder Foley fought in the Civil War and then moved his family from St. Louis to Fort Lincoln, near Bismarck, in 1878. In 1913, the Bismarck Tribune published a story that Foley […]

  • Fleas Go Postal

    The late Bill Shemoory, a newspaperman in Williston, told a story of a winter day in the 1930s when several boxes of coyote pelts were brought to the Williston post office for shipping. Postal employees rolled the boxes inside to weigh the pelts, when one fell off and burst open. Out jumped thousands of little […]

  • The Terrible Turk

    Today’s story is about Joe Albert, who lived in the Belcourt area during the first part of the 20th century. In February 1940, he was interviewed by WPA workers in Williston as part of the Federal Writers Project for North Dakota, and authors William Sherman, Paul Whitney and John Guerrero later included his story in […]

  • Essie is Honored

    Four years ago today, Esther Burnett Horne was inducted into the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Hall of Fame during Bemidji State University’s observance of Women’s History Month. The theme was “Uppity Women of Courage and Vision,” and Essie was honored for her advocacy of the American Indian. Essie’s impact on northwestern Minnesota took place after she […]

  • Building with Stone

    One would think that in a state with as many rock piles as we have, there would be fieldstone buildings everywhere, but they tend to be uncommon. The Buffalo Herald described Angus Beaton, a stonemason from Nova Scotia, as a “reliable expert in the handling of brick and stone.” Beaton was an early homesteader in […]

  • The Swindler

    Oakley Crawford was born on this day in 1847; it was an event many people came to regret. Oakley was born to Susan Reynolds and Samuel Crawford, who practiced law in Saugerties, New York. Little is known of his early years, except that he served in the Civil War when he was 17 and 18. […]

  • Sovereign Bucks

    Today’s story doesn’t really connect to any specific date. It’s more of a fun thing. Fort Ransom began holding rodeos in 1934, and during the 1950s, one of the men who stood out in bronco riding was Fred Ward, from Hankinson. Ward was born in 1911 and got his first saddle when he was six. […]

  • Soldiers’ Home

    On this date in 1891, Governor Burke signed Senate Bill #60, which allowed for the creation of a State Soldiers’ Home. Money was appropriated to buy land and construct necessary buildings, and in August, a board of commissioners purchased 90 acres – locally known as “the Cramer Farm” – near the city of Lisbon in […]

  • USS Fargo

    The New York Shipbuilding Corporation of New Jersey launched the USS Fargo 75 years ago yesterday. The WWII Cruiser carried a crew of 992, was 611 feet long and 66 feet wide, had a speed of 33 knots, and displaced 10,000 long tons. The ship was built for use against the Japanese but was finished […]

  • News from Around the State

    Every once in awhile, we like to bring you a mix of news from around the state. Today we’re looking at this period of time in 1915. Near Burnstad, in south-central North Dakota, a well-known farmer and stockman named Tully Williams suffered a freak accident. He was cleaning his barn about 11 o’clock in the […]

  • Cuckoo Quiz and Hobby Lobby

    About this time in 1939, Bismarck radio station KFYR was debuting a new show called Cuckoo Quiz, described by the Bismarck Tribune as a ‘radio fanfare,’ studio gossip and information program. The new show was following a trend KFYR had discovered during the previous two years – a trend that’s still popular today. “Every now […]