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  • Epiphany

    January 6 is known by different names.  In France, it is called Three Kings Day.  In England, it is called Twelfth Night, for the twelfth night after Christmas.  It is also known as Epiphany.  The day commemorates the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem, when they delivered gifts to the Christ Child.  Epiphany […]

  • Don’t You Know There’s a War On?

    The first week of 1942 brought news of how the war was going to affect the homefront.  The Japanese controlled the Far East rubber supply, so tires were the first item rationed. The government announced that the rationing would go into effect on this date in 1942. The newly established Office of Price Administration announced […]

  • The Christmas Count

    Every December, the Audubon Society sponsors the Christmas bird count.  It is the longest running volunteer science survey in the world.  The count started in 1900 when ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition: a bird census that would count birds instead of hunting them. The first bird count involved 27 volunteers.  Since then, […]

  • Our Monthly Editors’ Roundtable

    Friday, January 2 – Our year end Editors Roundtable takes a look back at the big stories of the year, and a look ahead to the rest of 2015. We’re joined by news director Dave Thompson and special guests, Tom Gerhardt, news director, KXMB-TV and Jim Olson, news director, KXMC, Minot. ~~~ Dakota Datebook looks […]

  • Re-registering Brands

    It’s New Year’s Day and according to tradition, that means it’s time to make resolutions that you promise to keep. For North Dakota ranchers in 1944, however, it wasn’t resolutions they were worried about keeping on New Year’s Day, but their brands. January 1 marked the last day ranchers could register their brands if they […]

  • Strange SOS

    A strange story was reported out of St. Paul to the Fargo Forum on this date in 1909.  The United States Post Office district headquarters there received a strange and alarming telegram from North Dakota that they hoped to clear up.  The telegram spoke of a murder taking place on the far western prairie, in […]

  • Williamsport

    Every few years it seems another story appears in national headlines announcing the bleak prospects for rural North Dakota.   For example, a 2001 Newsweek article waxed poetically about the inevitable death of Bisbee.  “Even a strong man can stand for only so long,” author Dirk Johnson wrote.   In a more recent National Geographic article, Charles […]

  • Whiskey Forward

    North Dakota entered the United States as a prohibition state. That made it difficult, but not impossible to imbibe. In 1920, when the United States also passed legislation making it illegal to manufacture and sell alcohol, more reports of rum-running and busted stills filled the news. On this date in 1920, almost a full year […]

  • Capitol Window Christmas Tree

    After a fire destroyed North Dakota’s first capitol building on December 28, 1930, a new Capitol was constructed. Completed in 1934, it was a dramatic departure from the style of the old building. Very tall and solitary, the Capitol towered over the burgeoning city of Bismarck, standing 241 feet, 8 inches high. Being built during […]

  • Glad Tidings Mission

    Christmas is a time of giving, and few can be more in need than those homeless and hungry in the harsh reality of a North Dakota winter.  That is as true today as it was one hundred years ago on this date when the Glad Tiding Mission prepared to feed over 45 homeless men on […]

  • Christmas Eve Calamity

    Dr. E. F. Ladd was among the first faculty hired by the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in Fargo.  He was the first Dean of Chemistry.  He became well known throughout the state as a crusader for purity in consumer products.  He analyzed canned goods in his laboratory.  He frequently discovered […]

  • Golden Goose

    Once upon a time a farmer and his wife had a goose that laid one golden egg every day. To hasten their wealth, the farmer and his wife killed the goose to obtain all of the golden eggs at once, but there were no golden eggs inside. So, according to Aesop, to kill and butcher […]

  • Quilting Bees and Quilting Parties

    A quilt is more than a blanket.  A quilt is more than just a bed-cover.  An old quilt has family history inside and beauty and practicality outside. Quilt-making has been traditional in North Dakota since territorial days and continues today through quilt guilds, including the North Star Quilters of Grand Forks; the Minot Prairie Quilters; […]

  • Grandin Brothers Bonanza Farmland Sold

    The Grandin Farm was the biggest Bonanza farm in North Dakota’s history. At 72,000 acres, it was so large that it ran like a factory, with hired workers and managers tackling 1,500-acre subdivisions. Located near Mayville and also near the town of Grandin in Cass County, Grandin Farms began in the aftermath of the terrible […]

  • Wild and Free

    America’s wild horses are descendants of animals that escaped from the Spaniards.  They were known as mustangs, and they changed the lives of Great Plains Indians, who soon became known as formidable horse warriors. As motorized vehicles and farm equipment became more widely used, the horse began to lose its usefulness.  Many farmers and ranchers […]

  • Lincoln’s Bodyguards

    Assuming office during a tumultuous period in American history, the personal security of President Abraham Lincoln was a constant concern of his friends and supporters.   Lincoln‘s secretary, John Nicolay wrote, “From the very beginning of his presidency, Mr. Lincoln had been constantly subject to the threats of his enemies… His mail was infested with […]

  • North Dakota’s Oil Boom

    World events affecting oil prices can have quite an impact on North Dakota’s oil industry. On this date in 1979, Libya joined four other OPEC nations in raising the price of oil.  That act had political, social, and economic consequences that continue to be felt today.  In 1979, the United States was largely dependent on […]

  • Capitol Custodian

    North Dakota government is staffed with various public officials created by constitutional or legislative processes, and these positions are normally filled by appointment, by election or by personal application, with selection made through a supervising committee. Seldom does the Legislature create a position and actually name the individual to assume it.   The Board of […]

  • Hirschville, North Dakota

    In the late 1800s, Casper Hirsch immigrated to the United States with his family.  They were among the Germans from Hungary who came seeking better lives.  After spending some time in New York State, Hirsch was attracted to the West by the promise of owning land.  He brought his family to North Dakota between 1900 […]

  • The Majestic Sky

    On this date in 1719, the Northern Lights were first reported in North America. Also called the aurora borealis, they are named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for the north wind. Galileo named the phenomenon in 1619. The sweeping waves of color across the night sky are caused […]