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  • A Social Republic

    When most people hear the words, “socialist” and “republican,” they do not think of those words as going together. However, here on the plains of North Dakota, these concepts work in tandem in certain domains. While the state almost always votes red in the general election, it has a strong state bank that works with […]

  • Warren Christopher

    Today is the birthday of Warren Christopher, born in Scranton, North Dakota, in 1925. Warren Minor Christopher started out his adulthood fighting in World War II. He then studied law at Stanford and became clerk to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1949. His next major move came in 1967 when he was appointed […]

  • Daylight Savings Time of World War I Ended

    There is a familiar phrase that accompanies the change of seasons in modern times. It goes like this: “Spring Ahead; Fall Back.”  In springtime we set our clocks ahead one hour, and when fall arrives, we move our clocks back one hour. This rhythm of the seasons and the movement of the clock’s hour-hand governs […]

  • Grand Forks Autumn Blizzard

    The turn of the century is a time defined by snow for Grand Forks. If the blizzards, storms and flooding of 1996-97 weren’t enough, the autumn of 2001 packed another punch. On this date in 2001, Grand Forks was digging out from 11 inches of snow that fell the day before. The early winter storm […]

  • Firebug

    Pyromania is the urge to set and watch fires.  It’s not about setting fires for material gain or to try to hurt anyone.  Instead, the pyromaniac is simply fascinated by fires, and feels compelled to light and watch them. During the fall semester of 1958, Jamestown College was plagued by a series of unexplained fires […]

  • 12 Million for State Projects

    In 1929, America’s economy was devastated.  The Great Depression had begun, and would continue for the next decade.  Manufacturing companies cut production by 50 percent.  Stock values plummeted.  Sears stock dropped for $181 to $10.  By 1932, 12 million people had lost their jobs — one quarter of the country’s workforce. While the entire country […]

  • Crusade for Cleanliness

    Today we share another Datebook chapter on the life of Professor E.F. Ladd of the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo. He was a major proponent of purity in consumer goods.  The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University grew out of Ladd’s interest in the purity and effectiveness of paint. […]

  • Capital Crimes

    Murders in North Dakota aren’t as numerous as most states, but the early years weren’t pretty, as North Dakota’s first archivist described in a speech before a federal judge on this date in 2000. Frank Vyzralek’s address touched on the changing penalties for murder in North Dakota, starting with the penal code adopted by Dakota […]

  • Lutheran Brethren High School

    This is a story about a high school, called Hillcrest Academy. The school began in Wahpeton, moved to Grand Forks, and, eventually, moved again – to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The story began in 1903 when the Lutheran Brethren Church established a bible school in Wahpeton, renting a classroom at the Wahpeton high school. The school’s […]

  • Spectrum Front Page

    North Dakota State University’s student newspaper has been publishing almost as long as North Dakota has been a state. The Spectrum began in the spring of 1896, and because of its articles, we’re able to know about the school’s early women’s basketball team, how the Zip to Zap got started, and track all those Bison […]

  • National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary

    Fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. On this eve of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the act, we look at what effect this has had on North Dakota, with over four hundred historic and prehistoric places being listed […]

  • Bobby Vee

    On this date, 18 year-old Bobby Vee’s hit single, Take Good Care of My Baby, had been number-one on U.S. charts for three weeks in a row. It was 1961. Bobby Vee grew up as Bobby Velline in Fargo. He bought his first guitar at age 15 with money saved from his paper route. His […]

  • Free Railway Passes as a Corrupting Special Privilege, 1901

    There was a time in North Dakota when some people had free passes to ride on trains, while most people had to buy a ticket.     Those who had passes were proud to have them, but those who didn’t figured these free train rides were evil, having a corrupting influence on North Dakota’s political system. […]

  • Dropping Pheasants

    North Dakota’s winter of 1996-97 is largely remembered for Blizzard Hannah and the devastating Red River flood that evacuated Grand Forks. But the destructive season also had effects that stretched into the state’s hunting seasons. On this date in 1997, the resident pheasant season opened with a new limit of two birds per day, down […]

  • Leon Frankel, Pilot for Israel

    As Leon Frankel sat, strapped into a German fighter plane, he thought “What’s a nice Jewish boy from Minot, North Dakota doing here?” Leon had it made.  He had survived World War 2 and came back a decorated Navy pilot.  Leon now owned a car dealership in Minot called “Capital Motors.” Business was very good; […]

  • Fritz Scholder

    Today is the birthday of Fritz Scholder, one of most highly regarded artists of the 20th century. Although he’s categorized as a Native American painter, Scholder never saw it that way. He once stated. “Well, I never thought about it, because I grew up in public schools, and I’m not an Indian. I’m very proud […]

  • Lewis C. Paxon’s Diary

    In the 1860s, the history books regarding Dakota Territory were pretty slim, with little beyond the tribes, explorations and the military presence in the region. But individual accounts helped add to that knowledge. One of those “scribes” of early Dakota was Lewis C. Paxson, a teacher who enlisted in Company G of the Eighth Minnesota […]

  • Steam Threshermen Feared Boiler Explosions, 1906

    A healthy fear of farm machinery is a good thing, for farming has long been a most-hazardous occupation.  A century ago, when farmers used steam-powered tractors to thresh their wheat, caution was necessary.  The high-pressure boilers that produced the steam to power threshing machines required strict safety procedures to prevent explosions.     Sadly, instantaneous deaths […]

  • RRV POWs

    On this date in 1990, eleven months after East Germany dismantled the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany reunited.  What many people don’t know is that during World War II, about 150 German prisoners were held in the Red River Valley. With so many men overseas, the U.S. was experiencing a labor shortage, especially on […]

  • Fear and Stereotypes of Gypsies in N.D., 1933

    The word “gypsies” conjures forth thoughts of wanderers, nomads and vagabonds drifting along, stealthily moving along highways and byways, living by their wits, as coppersmiths, basket-weavers, and horse-traders. The word “gypsy” carried darker tones among those who did not know them, with fears and prejudice predominating.  Many Americans stereotyped gypsies as beggars, scammers, fortune-tellers, and […]