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  • Fortunate Revival

    A Minto, North Dakota boy experienced a very close call on this day in 1908.  The five-year-old boy, Dominick Ronkowski, was fished from the family’s cistern after being submersed for over five minutes.  Miraculously, the boy was revived by a doctor and emerged unharmed from the incident.  It all began when Mrs. Ronkowski sent her […]

  • Where Valor Sleeps

    Arlington National Cemetery is considered America’s most hallowed ground.  It is located on land that was once belonged to George Custis, adopted son of George Washington.  Custis built a house where he kept many of Washington’s prized possessions.  He left the property to his daughter.  When she married a promising young West Point graduate named […]

  • 188th Field Artillery

    The 188th Field Artillery Regiment was organized in Valley City in 1940.  It was soon split into two groups: the 188th Field Artillery Battalion and the 957th Field Artillery Battalion. On June 11 and 13, 1944, both units entered Normandy, France as part of the D-Day offensive that began a week earlier. When the war […]

  • Ben Corbin

    Ben Corbin (1835-1912) was known as the “champion wolf hunter of the Northwest.”     Others called him “Ben, the Boss Wolf Hunter.” Some referred to him as a “wolf charmer,” but there was nothing charming  or disarming about how Ben Corbin sought to exterminate all wolves in North Dakota or how he relentlessly pursued wolves. […]

  • The Salk Vaccine

    Polio has plagued mankind through much of known history.  An Egyptian carving from 1400 BCE depicts a man with a withered leg.  Some scientists believe this is an early portrayal of a polio victim.  Polio was a relatively uncommon disease through the 1800s.  A theory proposes that before then, children were exposed to low levels […]

  • Anson Northrup

    On this date in 1859, Anson Northrup’s steamboat arrived at Fort Garry, in present-day Manitoba, and residents celebrated with both thanksgiving and gunpowder. It was the first time a boat had successfully navigated the Red River, and commerce there would be changed forever. In the book “The Challenge of the Prairie,” Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “No […]

  • Antiquities Act

    In the early 1900s, there was a growing concern about protecting prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts.  These were primarily located in the west.  Private collectors were removing artifacts at an alarming rate.  John F. Lacey, Iowa Congressman and chair of the House Committee on Public Lands, traveled to the southwest in 1902 to see the […]

  • First Train to Bismarck

    In 1853, the army completed a survey to assess the possibility of running a railroad across what was to become North Dakota.  The results showed that there was no serious obstacle.  Congress chartered the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1864, giving it a land grant of 50 million acres.  The railroad enlisted Philadelphia banker Jay Cooke […]

  • Flocking to Fargo

    Masonry has a long history in the Dakotas.  The first known Mason to visit the Dakotas was Meriwether Lewis, and several Mason lodges were issued charters prior to statehood.  The first of those lodges was founded in Fargo in 1874.  In 1875, five lodges banded together to form The Grand Lodge of Dakota.  In 1889, […]

  • The Master Showman

    P.T. Barnum served as mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and two terms as a state legislator.  He founded a hospital and brought gas lighting to the streets of Bridgeport.  But he is best known as a showman.  On this date in 1835, Barnum began his showmanship career when he put an elderly woman on exhibit.  Barnum […]

  • North Dakota’s Blue Laws

    Blue laws are state or local laws that prohibit commercial activity on Sundays.  It is difficult to trace the origin of the term.  In his 1781 book A General History of Connecticut, The Reverend Samuel Peters described what he called “blue laws.”  Peters stated that early decrees restricting Sunday sales were called “blue laws” by […]

  • Blowed Away

    North Dakotans are familiar with the danger posed by tornados.  The state ranks nineteenth in the number of tornados and twenty-sixth in the number of deaths.  June and July are the primary months for tornadoes.  The earliest in North Dakota was March 26, 2006 and the latest was November 1, 2000. On this date in […]

  • Red Scare at the College

    Charges of Communist activity at North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo surfaced in the spring of 1935.  In an address to the Fargo Kiwanis Club, attorney Eli Weston accused groups at the school of demonstrating “all the earmarks and resemblances of communism.”  He said a recent local strike was controlled by communists, and faculty members […]

  • The Last Man

    In May, 1865, one hundred fifty thousand Union soldiers passed in review following the Civil War.  After the Washington, D.C. parade, most of them mustered out, returning to civilian life.  But they were not about to forget their service, or their fallen comrades.  They formed the Grand Army of the Republic, known as the “G.A.R.” […]

  • Norma Egstrom

    Today is the birthday of Norma Egstrom, who was the seventh of eight children born into a Jamestown Scandinavian family in 1920. Her father worked for the Midland Continental Railroad. She had a good voice and excelled in choir, so after graduating from Wimbledon High School in 1938, she headed for California; she had only […]

  • Memorial Day in Jamestown

    Originally, Memorial Day was a known as Decoration Day, a day that the graves of those who died on the battlefields of the War of the Rebellion were decorated with flowers.  In 1882, in Jamestown, there were no soldiers’ graves to decorate.  Dakota Territory was far away from the bloodied battlefields where thousands of Union […]

  • Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory

    Today’s story has its roots—so to speak—in the subtropics that covered most of North Dakota 60-million years ago.  It was the Paleocene Epoch, during which time palm trees, redwood trees, sycamores, magnolia and bald cypress trees provided habitat for turtles, crocodiles, champsosaurs, alligators and many other exotic animals.   Fast-forward to modern-day North Dakota. For […]

  • Minot Zoo

    In 1920, the Minot Parks Board was laboring to establish tourism and park services throughout Minot. The effort was paying off, as the Ward County Independent boasted that “Minot, although a city of less than 15,000 people, is well in the lead in the state on account of the size and beautify of the park […]

  • A Self-made Man

    The namesake of Fargo, North Dakota was born on this date in 1818 in Pompey, New York.  William Fargo quit school at the age of thirteen, working as a store clerk, a mail carrier, and a baker.  In 1844, he helped establish the nation’s first express mail service. In 1850, three such firms consolidated to […]

  • Captain David Mott, POW

    Today is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, who was born in 1890. Trained in the Soviet Union, he rose to become the communist ruler of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today also marks the anniversary of the day in 1972 that Captain David Mott became a prisoner of war in Ho Chi Minh’s […]