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  • Old Reb’s Lament

    Back in 1877, there was a “creative” story in a Bismarck newspaper about an unnamed man in New York with a deep scar running from the hairline of his left temple, down through his nose and ending at the right-hand corner of his mouth. The story read, “The man with the scar sang two or […]

  • Mose and Curly

    Mose, a community northwest of Cooperstown, was founded in 1899. Its first name was Florence; its second was Lewis. Then, in 1904, it officially became Mose, which was the nickname of a local lumberyard worker, Morris Greenland. The town was tiny – the highest recorded population was about 25 – and, on the last day […]

  • Breckenridge

    It was exactly 148 years ago that an expedition of ten men reached what is now Wahpeton’s sister city, Breckenridge, MN. The land there was a hunting ground for the Dakota and the Ojibway, but an 1851 treaty opened it up for non-Native settlement. This particular site was chosen because it was the headwaters for […]

  • The LaBonte Curse

    By now, almost everybody is aware of how Boston broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing curse to win the World Series last summer. But you may not have ever heard of North Dakota’ LaBonte curse. Back in 1972, four men from Grafton were the world champions in the sport of curling for a little less than five […]

  • Steve Blehm, Basketball Star

    On this day – or actually this night – in 1971, a young man named Steve Blehm scored 85 points during the Ramsey County basketball tournament in Starkweather. That’s right, 85 points. Blehm was playing for the Devils Lake School for the Deaf, which beat Hampden 122 to 22 that night. Steve Blehm was a […]

  • John Tyler

    On January 14th, we brought you a story about John Tyler, a popular black rancher in Slope County in the late 1800s. Tyler was a friend of Teddy Roosevelt and was also a favorite of Madam Medora de Moores. He was known for his sense of humor and loved to tell stories of how scared […]

  • Cut Head Sioux Reservation

    Ramsey County was organized on this date in 1883, with Devils Lake serving as the county seat. The first non-Indian residents were fur traders, who established themselves in the area as early as 1815. Capt. Duncan Graham from Scotland is believed to have been the first of these. He built a trading post named for […]

  • Sacred Medicine Bundle

    On this date in 1938, three Hidatsa men were celebrating the rescue of important relics that they believed would end the drought, dust and depression that were ravaging the North Dakota prairies. One of these men was Arthur Mandan, who, later that year, became the first chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes. The other two […]

  • White Slavery Whistleblower

    In the winter of 1922, the Fargo Forum reported, “Ruth Baughman…of Grand Forks…and well known throughout North Dakota as an amateur entertainer, startled United State officials with her story of conditions in Panama which has started both American and British governments on an investigation of what is rumored to be the most gigantic slavery plot […]

  • How Limpy Jack’s Limp Got Worse

    Limpy Jack Clayton was in a world of hurt on this date in 1879. If you remember, he was a cowboy, gambler, stagecoach driver, Sunday School teacher, and whiskey salesman at his dirt ranch on Stoney Creek, about 23 miles north of Jamestown. Clayton got his nickname by double-crossing a friend; at the time Clayton […]

  • Martin Iron Bull

    Martin Iron Bull was born in 1875 and grew up at Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock reservation. Martin and his brother, Four Swords, were trained from a young age to be medicine men in the tradition of their father and grandfather. A WPA worker interviewed him in the 1930s. “My grandfather, Boat Lip, died […]

  • Mrs. Corporal Noonan

    Truth is stranger than fiction, as confirmed in today’s story, which appeared in the Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1878. “Not long ago,” the story read, a trance medium arrived in Bismarck, and the coterie of spiritualists of the city have been quietly conversing with the spirits of the departed, through the gifted medium, […]

  • Filicide in Adams

    Today’s story is a sad one involving multiple filicide – the killing of a child by his or her parent. Filicide is usually committed by fathers, who are reported to most often target sons under the age of ten. But men do not have a monopoly on this crime. In recent history, two high-profile filicides […]

  • The Gummer Affair

    At about 6:30 on the morning of June 7th, 1921, William Gummer, a 22-year-old clerk at Fargo’s Prescott Hotel, told his boss, “Something’s wrong in room 30.” Marie Wick, a pretty 18-year-old brunette from northern MN was brutally assaulted and killed in that room sometime during the night. Grey hairs were found clutched in her […]

  • Hope’s Midnight Raid

    Cooperstown and Hope were once in the same county – Griggs – which was established by the Territorial Legislature in 1881. But that wasn’t to last. Mr. Edward Steele founded the town of Hope on the east side of the Sheyenne River and named it after his wife. Governor Nehemiah Ordway declared Hope the county […]

  • First Day of Kwanzaa

    Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, which is observed from December 26th through January 1st. Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga developed this unique African-American celebration in 1966 following the Los Angeles Watts riots. Kwanzaa is meant to gather and celebrate African peoples of all nations. It isn’t tied to any religion but is nevertheless observed […]

  • Ringing the Bells

    In 1974, Walsh County resident Kenneth Johnson began a tradition of ringing Trinity Lutheran’s bells each Christmas. The 114-year-old prairie church had closed its doors in 1953, but the congregation continues to take good care of the building. Johnson’s tradition started because of Nelly Almen, a local who had moved to California. In 1974, she […]

  • Dr. Grassi…Santa Claus

    James Grassick started his career as a physician in Buxton in 1885. Among his many interests were Indian lore and archaeology – you might remember that he once owned the Highgate mastodon that now resides in the ND Heritage Center in Bismarck. He also enjoyed writing, and each year, he put together handsome booklets for […]

  • A Man and His Horse

    Some Christmases take on a completely different meaning than others. It was like that a year ago today outside a Mandan hospital. Jim Tescher, one of the state’s greatest rodeo champs, was from Sentinel Butte, the middle child of 15 kids. He grew up during the depression, began his rodeo career at age 16 and […]

  • Christmas Creatures

    Vernon Huseby grew up five miles southwest of Nome during the Great Depression. His parents, Ole and Nora, were born in Norway, and Vernon described his Ransom County neighbors as “predominantly Scandinavian, with a little American mixed in.” Blod klub was one of the Huseby family’s Christmas goodies. It was a mixture of flour, oatmeal, […]