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  • Thanksgiving Plate

    We stand on the precipice of the holiday season, with Thanksgiving approaching rapidly – a time we often reflect on what the past has brought to us. Such was the case in 1954 for Mrs. Robert Welch of Menoken, who shared her own special memories with the students of Saint Mary’s High School.   Mrs. [...]

  • Local Option

    In 1888, the days of the Wild West were passing in Dakota Territory. This was manifested in the fact that the number of churches per capita was catching up to the number of saloons in the eastern part of the Territory. Even the frontier editors had moved westward, more interested in finding a new source [...]

  • Prairie Public Airs Sesame Street!

    Yesterday, we heard that this November marks the 43rd anniversary of Sesame Street on the air, and the 42nd anniversary of Sesame Street in North Dakota. We learned that huge amounts of psychological research go into every episode, so much so that a Sesame Street writer named Michael David once called it “perhaps the most [...]

  • Sesame Street

    We all know what we can find on Sesame Street – friendly monsters, catchy tunes, and sunny days  – even if we still couldn’t tell you how to get there after 43 years of singing about it. That’s right, this month marks the 43rd anniversary of Sesame Street nationally and the 42nd anniversary in North [...]

  • Glass Wax Stencils

    Harold Schafer, the president of the Gold Seal Company of Bismarck, received a national sales award on this date in 1957 for his ‘Glass Wax Stencils’ holiday promotion. Each year, the national journal Food Topics granted the awards based on the responses of thousands of American food retailers. Out of 16,000 national sales promotions that [...]

  • Dennis Hannifin

    In 1888 Dennis Hannifin was a colorful character with a caustic wit who was renowned throughout the Territory. It was said that a visitor to Bismarck might as well miss seeing the Missouri River rather than failing to meet Hannifin.   Hannifin was born in Kerry County, Ireland in 1835 and came to America at [...]

  • Picketers

    Across the ages, many people have gone on strike for different reasons and seeking different outcomes. Historically, they are remembered as a mix of peace and violence. In November of 1937, amidst other reported strikes, the G-M Plant in Michigan was in process of having its third Sit-Down strike. However, an ongoing strike in Grand [...]

  • Tainted Cranberries

    In the beginning of November 1959, Arthur Flemming, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, made an announcement that cranberries produced in Washington and Oregon in 1958 and 1959 were possibly contaminated by a chemical weed killer called aminotriazole. This chemical, when tested, caused thyroid cancer in rats.   This brought into play the recently-developed [...]

  • Horses for Europe

    “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is a saying that was especially true following World War Two. Since tractors took over for horses in the fields, many farmers were left with horses they couldn’t get rid of. According to the Mandan Pioneer, North Dakota farmers had found an outlet for their extra burden.   [...]

  • Nash Finch Company

    After working in his father general’s store for several years, Fred Nash opened his own small candy and tobacco shop in Devils Lake in 1885. Business soon took off, and he enlisted the help of his brothers Edgar and Willis. He purchased a second store in Park River, and put his brother Edgar in charge [...]

  • Countdown to Statehood – 2

    With slogans like “Benjamin Harrison! He’s grand beyond comparison!” and “Let’s put it over with Grover!” still rocking in their ears, the citizens of Dakota Territory on this date in 1888 waited anxiously for the presidential election returns. If Cleveland remained in office, it could be four more agonizing years before they could realize self-government [...]

  • Dr. Agnes Hoeger

    Good Samaritan homes exemplify “North Dakota Nice.” In 1922, the Reverend August Hoeger saw the need for such a facility and opened the first in Arthur, North Dakota. His daughter Agnes was impressed by her father’s example, and when she graduated from high school at fifteen, she entered college to prepare for work as a [...]

  • Ballots and Bribery

    When Emmons County commissioner Henry Van Beck showed up at Inspector John Miller’s house, he was hoping to get the best of some political opponents before the county elections held today in 1892. Little did he know, Miller and the Russian-German settlement would get the best of him.   Van Beck, along with republican candidates [...]

  • Honest John

    Perhaps our tenth governor, John Burke was not as well-known as Abraham Lincoln, but the two share a similar incident that earned them the same sobriquet. As many may already know, Lincoln became known as Honest Abe when he repaid his debts after his store went bankrupt; what few may know is that although Burke [...]

  • Swan Peterson’s Swedish/English Dictionary

    In preparation for his new life in America, Swan Peterson set fire to his belongings. He burned his Swedish diploma as a Swedish shoemaker. He burned his Swedish furniture, his Swedish clothes, even his Swedish sheet music. He packed his essentials, and left the rest of his belongings in ashes. Swan Peterson was a young [...]

  • Dakota Territory

    Dakota Territory was created on March 2, 1861.  Idaho Territory was removed from this in 1863, Montana Territory in 1864, and Wyoming Territory in 1868.  Even then, a further division was fermenting in the minds of the residents in the southern portion.  Almost immediately the citizens of Sioux Falls, Huron and Yankton began plotting statehood [...]

  • North Dakota Rodeo Star

    North Dakota rodeo star Henry “Almit” Breuer was a one-day-old newborn on this date in 1935. Born in Elbowoods, he was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He grew up on the Fort Berthold Reservation, where he has rodeoed, ranched and farmed his entire life. When he was just nine years old, Almit started [...]

  • Late Season Twisters

    North Dakota is no stranger to adverse weather. Although the state tends to be best known across the country for its blizzards and snowstorms, the region is also a frequent victim of tornadoes and thunderstorms. However, it was a rare day indeed when, on this date thirteen years ago, the state witnessed not only rain, [...]

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween means costumes and candy, spooks and scares and mischief. A little bit of damage was expected on Oct. 31st in years past—and cities prepared for the tradition, perhaps with extra police officers, perhaps with extra events.   On this date in 1934, the Grand Forks YMCA held the first of what was to become [...]

  • Halloween Party

    Tomorrow is Halloween; it’s the time of year for costumed bodies to prowl the neighborhoods, banging on doors in hopes of a treat, crying out, “Trick or treat!”   Oh, yes, and we can’t forget the tricksters, on this holiday. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without it. Smashed pumpkins, toilet paper hanging from tree limbs [...]