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  • Carl Ben Eielson, Early Years

    Today is Carl Ben Eielson’s birthday. He was born 107 years ago in Hatton, and today we’re going to talk about his early days in aviation. In September 1922, Eielson arrived in Fairbanks to teach high school math and general science, and to coach basketball. Mrs. Foster, his landlady at the old Alaska Hotel, took [...]

  • A Case of Claim Jumping, Part 1

    Back in 1884, some pistol-packing cowboys showed up at the depot at Devils Lake. The news was quickly carried to Sheriff Ever Wagness, who confronted the men and told them to either surrender their guns or get out of town. Because of events the year before, Ramsey County had passed an ordinance requiring handguns to [...]

  • A Case of Claim Jumping, Part 2

    Yesterday, we told you about Heber Creel’s efforts to gain control of the land on the north shore of Devils Lake as the railway headed in that direction. Creel and his cronies used every tactic, legal or not, to make sure they would make a tidy profit if the railroad bought their claims. Two young [...]

  • Journey of the Highgate Mastodon

    In the spring of 1890, William Regcraft found some bones while digging a ditch on his uncle’s farm, one mile from Highgate, Ontario. A hardware merchant named William Hillhouse bought the bones, and he and his uncle, John Jelly, also bought the right to continue excavating. What they found was almost an entire skeleton of [...]

  • Clarence Crum, Inventor

    Clarence Crum, from Hannah, received at least two patents for his inventions. On July 4th, 1913, the Hansboro Pioneer reported that Crum received a patent for “an invention of his, which will be a great convenience to motor drivers. The device will cause the lights on an automobile to follow curves or turns in the [...]

  • Rock Lake Boys to War

    It was about this time in July 1918 that ten young men from Rock Lake were going off to fight in World War I. The Rock Lake Ripples called their send-off “the largest assembly of any as on previous occasions in our village…” The Town Hall was undergoing repairs at the time, so the event [...]

  • George Catlin, Frontier Artist

    Today is the birthday of one of our most important frontier artists. George Catlin was born in Pennsylvania in 1796 when George Washington was serving his second term in office. Catlin was the fifth of fourteen children, was on the small side, and had black hair and a dark complexion. His mother and grandfather had [...]

  • Bernell Rhone, Horse Trainer

    It was two years ago today that Canterbury Park in the Twin Cities inducted horse trainer Bernell Rhone into its Hall of Fame. The press release stated, “An outstanding horseman and gentleman, Rhone scored his first victory at Canterbury with Green Meringue on July 3, 1985. Since then the North Dakota native has saddled winners [...]

  • Battle of the Killdeer Mountains

    The Battle of the Killdeer Mountains took place on this date in 1864. During the 1850s, treaties with Minnesota Indians promised them food, clothing, land, money and farming tools, but these rations weren’t delivered. The People were starving, and a number of events flared into the 1862 Minnesota Uprising, which left hundreds of whites dead. [...]

  • Anthony England, Astronaut/Scientist

    It was on this date in 1985 that astronaut-scientist Anthony England finally reached outer space. He was part of a 7-man crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger, which orbited the planet 126 times in 7.94 days. Just six minutes after the shuttle was launched, one of Challenger’s three main engines shut down. It was too [...]

  • William Gass, Philosopher/Writer

    Today is the birthday of William Gass, a writer and philosopher born in Fargo in 1924. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell in 1954 and is one of today’s most critically acclaimed authors of fiction and criticism. Each year, hundreds of book reviewers in the National Book Critics Circle vote for what they [...]

  • Oil

    It was on this date in 1955 that the state’s monthly oil production topped the one million barrel mark for the first time, when 1,000,154 barrels were produced in July of that year. It was in 1916 that the Pioneer Oil and Gas Company began drilling the state’s first wildcat well southeast of Williston. It [...]

  • Drinking Water

    On this date in 1894, the Grand Forks City Council approved the purchase of a half block of land to create the city’s first water filtration plant – the first in North Dakota. For two years, the city had been experiencing an epidemic of typhoid fever; 10% of the population had contracted the disease, and [...]

  • Intro to Turkey Track Bill

    It’s interesting how some characters sound good just because they have three names. Like South Dakota’s Wild Bill Hickock or North Dakota’s Limpy Jack Clayton. Well, here’s another one – Turkey Track Bill, and we’ll bringing you a number of stories on him as time goes on. It was on this date in 1942 that [...]

  • Valley City Village

    On this date in 1881, Valley City was incorporated as a village. It had four other names before getting its final version. It was called Second Crossing of the Sheyenne when the Northern Pacific Railroad founded it in 1872. Probably because that was a bit wordy, it was soon renamed Fifth Siding and then renamed [...]

  • Grand Forks Potato Flakes

    This has nothing to do with North Dakota, but it’s hard to overlook. On this date in 1997, the world’s oldest person died in Arles, France. Jeanne Calment was 122 years and 164 days old, the oldest person who ever lived on the earth – who can be verified, that is. In her younger years, [...]

  • Where is Pembina?

    In 1816, Congress passed a law that stated, “Licenses to trade with the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States shall not be granted to any but citizens of the United States unless by express direction of the President.” The law didn’t apply to the traders in the north and eastern sections of [...]

  • Travis Hafner, the Pronk

    The most recent North Dakota baseball player to reach the big leagues is Travis Hafner, who debuted with the Texas Rangers on this date two years ago. He has since made quite a splash. Like Darin Erstad, Hafner was born in Jamestown, but Travis grew up in Sykeston, where he proved himself not only in [...]

  • The Inskter Missile

    On this date in 1965, the first Minuteman Missile in North Dakota was installed in its launch facility near Inkster, in the northeastern part of the state. The first Minutemen were kept on alert in unmanned underground silos approximately 80 feet deep and 12 feet wide. Covering these missile tubes were 100-ton blast doors that [...]

  • Dustin Hoffman, Director

    The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre staged its first production, My Sister Aileen, in 1946, and until getting permanent facilities in 1967, they staged their shows wherever they could. In 1963, an east coast actor was hired to direct two of their plays, at least one of which was produced in the Red River Playhouse. In [...]