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  • Spring Has Sprung – Almost

    On this date in 1935, the high temperature for Fargo was predicted to be 26 degrees with 25 mile an hour winds.  But even though it was over a month until Easter, spring was on the minds of North Dakotans.  Across the state in Williston, the high was 30 with a warming trend The weather […]

  • Churchs Ferry: A Town Diminished but Not Forgotten

    Located along U.S. Highway 2 west of Devils Lake, the town of Churchs Ferry has struggled to remain intact.  To passersby, at first glance, Churchs Ferry appears to be abandoned. Those who live nearby have witnessed the rising waters of Devils Lake creeping into Churchs Ferry, threatening, and eventually engulfing many of the town’s houses […]

  • Southwestern Depopulation

    North Dakota’s southwest is one of the state’s most depopulated regions, Slope County especially. The city of Marmarth, founded in 1907, had over 1,300 residents by 1920. It had a theater, car dealership, jewelry store, opera house and other businesses. Today the town has about 140 residents. The county’s only other incorporated town is Amidon, […]

  • The Biggest Spectator Sport in the Country

    On this date in 1974, the front page of the Bismarck Tribune sported a startling photo of young people leaping about naked.  The headline explained that the day before, streakers frolicked by the thousands on college campuses throughout the country.  University of Georgia streakers claimed the record after as many as 1,000 students participated.  But […]

  • Thomas Frank Marshall

    A politician and businessman who served North Dakota in Congress was born on this date in 1854. Thomas Frank Marshall was born in Missouri and educated in Wisconsin before coming to Yankton, Dakota Territory, in 1873 as a surveyor. He had left the state normal school at Platteville, Wisconsin, two months before graduating due to […]

  • The Flower Woman

    This is the time of year we thumb through seed catalogues, and some of those seeds are undoubtedly available thanks to one of the most famous gardeners to come out of North Dakota – Fannie Mahood Heath, who was born on this date in 1864 in Wykoff, Minnesota. Fannie learned gardening early. Her grandmother gave […]

  • The Liner Dakota

    On this date in 1907, the Liner Dakota was on her seventh voyage on a clear bright afternoon when she struck a reef off the coast of Japan and sank. The liner was launched only three years before on February 6th, 1904, at New London, Connecticut. Christening the bow with champagne was 17-year-old Mary Bell […]

  • Changing Borders Before Dakota

    Before North and South Dakota, there was Dakota Territory, but before Dakota Territory the area had many other characterizations.  The Mandan, the Arikara, the Hidatsa, the Anishinabe, the Oyate all had their way to talk about it.  After the arrival of Europeans, it became part of a vast area referred to as Louisiana, generally defined […]

  • Swindler

    Oakley Crawford was born on this date in 1847; it was an event many people came to regret. Little is known of Oakley’s early years, except that he served in the Civil War and was said to be ordained as a Methodist minister. Crawford married in New York, but within two years his wife sued […]

  • Bids Wanted

    Cass County is the most populous county in North Dakota.  In 2013 it was the 14th fastest growing county in the entire country.  It was one of the original counties defined in 1872, and was organized a year later on October 27th.  The county was named for General George Washington Cass, president of the Northern […]

  • Nancy Hendrickson

    Today is the birthday of a sweet-spirited woman, Nancy Hendrickson. She was born in 1886 in a house built of cottonwood by Nancy’s Swedish father, Sone Christenson. They homesteaded on the Heart River where, just 10 years before, the 7th Cavalry crossed on the way to the Little Bighorn. Nancy was the only one of […]

  • Death of Frank J. Thompson

    A man present for many firsts in North Dakota died on this date in 1910. Frank J. Thompson came to Fargo, Dakota Territory from Michigan in 1878 to practice law. Thompson was a man of many hats prior to coming to Dakota; he was a machinist, taught music and later studied law. He formed a […]

  • Tour Bus Ambush

    Today we are accustomed to hearing stories of terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Europe, and even closer to home.  Forty-five years ago, such tales were not so common, but there were terrorist incidents.  In February, 1970, a Swissair plane bound for Israel crashed in Switzerland after an explosion on board.  Everyone on board was […]

  • The Oblong Box

    On this date in 1905, the Courier Democrat of Cavalier County ran a story about a spooked paymaster. Willard Bugbee had withdrawn $12,000 from the bank to pay railroad workers. He then went to catch the train to Drayton, in Pembina County.  At the station, he noticed a fellow passenger, a squinty-eyed man he had […]

  • John F. Reynolds Post No. 5

    /media/dakotadatebook/2016/feb/22.mp3 On this date in 1884, a group of Union Civil War veterans banded together in Fargo to form John F. Reynolds Post No. 44 of the Grand Army of the Republic. The group was active in Fargo for nearly 60 years. Its members, peaking at 287 before death took its toll, engaged in state […]

  • Bessie Carry The Moccasin

    On this date in 1911, Bessie ‘Carry The Moccasin’ died. The Sioux woman lived her entire life near Porcupine, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. She was born as Matoziwin, or Yellow Bear, in 1873 or ‘74. Her father was Struck Many and her mother was Iron Tracks. Iron Tracks gave birth to […]

  • Medora Packing Plant

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.   One example of the need for such preservation is the remains of the old meat packing plant in Medora, North Dakota. The plant was destroyed by fire in 1907, leaving only the old brick […]

  • Presidential Disaster Declaration

    The winter of 2009-2010 proved to be the 15th wettest in 115 years, even wetter than the previous winter that led to record-high flooding on the Red River. The worst storm of the winter of 2009-2010 came in January. For five days the state was rocked by ice, freezing rain, heavy snow and high winds. […]

  • Rolling into the Plains

    One of the most influential rock groups ever is arguably the Rolling Stones, a band with an expansive and far-reaching career. Their style is defined by hard, rocking rhythms combined with blues. This harder, more grunge sound distinguished then from their British contemporaries like the Beatles. They first performed as the Rolling Stones in 1962, […]

  • Hot Winds and Cooked Shrubbery

    On this date in 1935, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican reported water flowing over the lower dam on the Red River.  Since Minnesota had not released water from reservoirs, it was clear that the high water was a result of snowmelt.  City Engineer W.P. Tarbell reported that both reservoirs were full.  Those familiar with […]