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  • Political Maelstrom

    Politics reigned supreme this week in 1889.  The election was only three weeks away.  One of the decisions to be made by each party was the choice of the three candidates for the US Congress.  The Congressman would actually be chosen by the new state legislature when it convened in November, but the nominations were […]

  • The University of North Dakota

    The University of North Dakota was founded six years before North Dakota became a state.  In 1883, the Territorial Legislature passed a bill that called for locating the university in Grand Forks.  The University included only a few acres of land.  Located two miles outside Grand Forks, it was surrounded by farms and fields. The […]

  • Dakota Optimism

    North Dakota has recently become the envy and admiration of the rest of the nation as first among those few states experiencing an economic boom. But there was an earlier time for Dakota, a time like today, a time back in the beginning when the sky was no limit. The distinguished British statesman Lord Bryce […]

  • Erling Rolfsrud, the Author

    The restless boy stopped his horses and gazed toward the Blue Buttes of McKenzie County. Beyond them, he pictured majestic mountains, mighty rivers, and wide oceans. Years later, Erlings Rolfsrud would look back at that boy and write, “If only he could get away from this land where folks did nothing more exciting than stretch […]

  • Political Conventions

    The Constitutional Convention was over and it was time to concentrate on the October election.  The Republican Convention convened in Fargo on August 22nd with many of the old political war horses already on the ground promoting themselves or their candidates.  Former Governors Pierce and Ordway were among those aspiring for Congressional seats. General Harrison […]

  • The Calm Before the Storm

    There was big news in the Grand Forks Herald on this date in 1882.  The city was preparing for an influx of territorial delegates for the Republican Convention.  The newspaper called it the calm before the storm.  The paper predicted a dull day that would soon be followed by a week of excitement. The planning […]

  • The Grand Forks Baseball Team

    In the year 1900, the Grand Forks baseball team became North Dakota champions.  They won this great honor by earning the best record in the state, winning 23 games and losing just three, and also by defeating the best teams in the region. The Grand Forks ballclub had an excellent manager named E.H. Kent who […]

  • Grain of Millet

    What did North Dakota–specifically, Lisbon–and Australia have in common on this date in 1962? Both were listed among the world leaders in the production of the grain of millet. Although millet can be a feed grain and is sometimes found in bird feed, the grain is also fit for human consumption. The grain is rich […]

  • Governor Walter Maddock

    It was on this day in 1928 that North Dakota’s fourteenth governor, Arthur G. Sorlie passed away while in office.  Taking up the reigns of government was Lieutenant Governor Walter J. Maddock, sworn in shortly following Governor Sorlie’s death. The Sorlie/Maddock governorships occurred in the middle of perhaps the greatest political war in North Dakota […]

  • Constitution Composition

    After forty-five days, North Dakota had its Constitution, but where did it come from?  According to Clement Lounsberry, the delegates had access to the constitutions and charters of other states.  These documents had been compiled over a period of one hundred years and were valuable in providing features that had stood the test of time […]

  • Lights in the Sky

    North Dakota has a close connection to UFO sightings.  In 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold, a North Dakota native, made the first official UFO report, saying he spotted a string of nine, shiny  objects flying past Mount Rainier in Washington State. The very next year, a Fargo pilot reported a sighting.  The Air Force investigated, […]

  • The Wild West Comes to Fargo

    Buffalo Bill Cody, one of America’s first national celebrities, was as well known in his day as any movie star is today.  Cody was initially famous as a buffalo hunter, Army scout, and frontier fighter.  Ned Buntline wrote a series of dime novels loosely based on Cody’s life.  A play written about Buffalo Bill was […]

  • Dry State

    When Benjamin Harrison signed legislation turning Dakota Territory into the states of North and South Dakota on November 2, 1889, both entered the union as dry states. With both states populated by characters of the Wild West, and with saloons, bars, brawls, and debauchery commonplace, the prohibition against alcohol was certainly a bone of contention. […]

  • Sine Die

    In the waning days of the convention, the last of the major concerns were addressed.  Suffrage was partially adopted, with women voting in school-related elections only.  The Australian ballot issue, which involved printed ballots and private voting, was sidestepped when E. A. Williams provided a substitute clause that required the legislature to pass legislation ensuring […]

  • N.D. Teen Queen

    Every girl’s a princess—or at least, so said Frances Hodgson Burnett in her book, “A little princess.”  But not every girl gets the chance to get crowned.   In 1968, Nelson County supported four girls, Cathy Kinneberg, Lyla Frederikson and Miss Sandra Ternquist, all from the town of Petersburg, as well as Sharon Haas, of […]

  • A Picnic in Oak Grove

    On this date in 1887, the Continental Hose Company sponsored a picnic in Oak Grove in Fargo.  The Daily Argus reported that the event was very well attended.  It was a mixed group.  The Company counted Slavs, Germans, Scandinavians, English, and others as friends.  The crowd was very amiable.  The different groups mixed together without […]

  • Remember the Ladies

    In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, urging him to “remember the ladies” when writing the laws of the new United States.  Her words went unheeded.  Women would have to wait for over one hundred years before achieving universal suffrage.  The territory of Wyoming opened the door when it passed women’s suffrage in […]

  • Out of Money

    August 15, 1889 marked the forty-third day of the Constitutional Convention, and great strides had been made in cementing a constitution for the State of North Dakota.  Congress had appropriated twenty thousand dollars to cover the expenditures of the convention, but with expenses running over six hundred dollars per day, there was only enough money […]

  • Henry Suto

    On this date in 1945, President Truman announced on national radio the unconditional surrender of Japan.  His message, signaling the end of World War II, was met with wild jubilation across the country.  But for one former North Dakotan, the news was bittersweet.   Henry Eiichi Suto was born in February of 1928 in Minot, […]

  • Governor George Shafer

    Four men associated with Mandan have served as North Dakota governor.  George Shafer was born there in 1888.  He graduated from Williston High School in 1908, and went on to become the valedictorian of his class at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  He then returned to Mandan and opened a law office. […]