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  • A Hard Start to the New Year

    Some years get off to a hard start, like 1916 which began with a record-breaking cold snap.  On this date that year, Hannah, North Dakota was declared the coldest location in the United States with a temperature of 52 below.  40 below and colder were common throughout the state.  At 38 below, Grand Forks was […]

  • Red Kate

    Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1948 of Kate Richards at the age of 71. Also known as Red Kate, her brush with North Dakota made history. She was born in 1876 to Kansas farmers forced off the farm in by depression and drought. In 1887 the family moved to a poor section […]

  • A Winter with Lewis and Clark

    The Corps of Discovery spent more time in what would become North Dakota than in any other state during its expedition west to the Pacific Ocean from 1803 to 1806. In their 213 days here, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark spent over five months with the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes. They wintered at Fort […]

  • Dakota Drama

    People complain that today’s politics have become too much of a show, more about drama than the issues. However, history reveals that humans have always been partial to drama. A great example is the end of the Emma Bates campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. While most of her campaign had remained drama-free with […]

  • Bison Begin the Win Streak

    The national championship win streak of a college football dynasty began on this date in 2012. NDSU’s Bison football team took home the trophy for 2011’s NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, beating Sam Houston State’s Bearkats 17-6 in Frisco, Texas. This win was the first FCS championship for NDSU, and three more followed in […]

  • The Death of TR

    Today marks the anniversary of the death of Teddy Roosevelt, who died in his sleep in 1919 while at his New York home at Sagamore Hill on Long Island. As a young man, Roosevelt faced the staggering experience of losing both his wife and his mother on the same day in the same house. It […]

  • The Two Fargos

    Fargo had been bustling five years before it was officially incorporated on this date in 1875. When the railroad headed west, there was a flurry of speculation to determine where it would cross the Red River, because it was sure to be the site of the next large city. To deal with spring floods, surveyors […]

  • Kurt Johnson Missing and Murdered

    Kurt Johnson, a 54-year-old NDSU transportation researcher, was last seen alive at Cooperstown’s Oasis Bar on New Year’s Eve 2010. After falling off his barstool, the bartender suggested police escort him home, but a man with a machine gun tattoo had other ideas. “We don’t need any … cops. We’ll take care of this,” said […]

  • Farming in the New Year

    The end of the year, and the succession of the next, heralds in a time for reflection and navel-gazing. Many see this time of year as a chance for changing that which is lacking, and acknowledging and even praising that which is full.   Old newspapers, often attempting to attract more people to the area, […]

  • James Morris

    For the 50 people who have served as North Dakota Supreme Court justices, December 31st is often their last day in office. On this date in 1964, one of the state’s longest serving justices retired. James Morris served on the court for nearly 30 years. He was born in a sod house near Bordulac, North […]

  • Chicago Fire Touches ND

    On this fateful date in 1903, a terrible fire swept through the Iroquois Chicago Theatre during a packed, bargain-priced afternoon matinee of the play Bluebeard. The fire, which may have stemmed from an open arc spotlight, killed more than 600 people, and injured 250 more. Most of the deaths were caused by smoke inhalation and […]

  • The Dignity of Statehood

    Territorial delegates have represented territories in Congress since the late 1700s, when territories bound for statehood were granted representation in Congress.  The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 predates the Constitution, and provided for government of the Northwest Territory.  This authority was extended under the Constitution.  Early laws did not specify the duties of the territorial delegates. […]

  • Noodles By Leonardo

    Durum wheat from North Dakota makes some of the world’s greatest pasta and noodles, but for decades, those oodles of noodles were made outside the state. In fact, on this date in 1911, the Grand Forks Herald touted the quality of the “Minnesota” brand of macaroni and spaghetti that was so good that even little […]

  • Johanna Kildahl

    The League of Nations sounded like a wonderful idea, intended to provide for world peace.  The League, the brainchild of Woodrow Wilson, was one of his famous “Fourteen Points,” proposed in 1918. However, many U.S. citizens opposed joining the League of Nations, believing it would cause the U.S. to become involved in unnecessary wars. On […]

  • Hail Warrants

    North Dakota farmers are all too familiar with crop damage caused by hail.  In 2013, Governor Dalrymple declared an agricultural disaster in 31 hail damaged counties. A severe thunderstorm the following year also inflicted extensive damage from hail.  One farmer said his canola crop was waist high before the storm beat it to the ground. […]

  • A Community Christmas in Bismarck

    On this date in 1922, children in North Dakota knew exactly where Santa Claus was – he had arrived by train in Bismarck that afternoon on the No. 8 train, having abandoned sleigh and reindeer for the modern convenience.   Approximately 1500 children greeted him at the station, where he told them he was ready […]

  • Separate Ballots

    A big change was made in the voting laws of the United States in 1970.  In March of that year, Senator Ted Kennedy testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments.  He spoke in favor of lowering the voting age in national elections from 21 to 18.  He said that young people in 1970 were […]

  • Christmas Gifts

    The nature of the Christmas gift has changed over time. In the 19th Century novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit only wanted some extra coal and food for his family.   Another famous story of Christmas gifts first appeared in December 1905, written by William Sidney Porter, better known […]

  • Red River Valley Norwegians

    On this date in 1895, a convention was being conducted in Fargo to consider the needs of each of the counties in North Dakota regarding immigration. Delegates assembled from all parts of the state and created the North Dakota State Immigration Association.  Most of those attending were themselves immigrants or first generation descendants.  They believed […]

  • James B. Power

    James B. Power was born in New York State in 1833.  After studying civil engineering.  He spent a few years as the deputy state treasurer for Minnesota.  But most of his working career was spent with railroads.  The Northern Pacific Railway employed him as a clerk and later as a civil engineer.  For the Great […]