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  • Taking on the Blind Pigs

    North Dakota entered the Union as a dry state, and perhaps as a consequence, it has quite a history of bootlegging.  One place to purchase illegal alcohol was a speakeasy, named for the habit of speaking quietly at the door to avoid attracting unwanted attention.  Such establishments in North Dakota were also known as “blind […]

  • Joe Milo and Willie Ross

    On this date in 1914, a Bottineau prisoner was raising money, so his body wouldn’t be used for science. At the time, Joe Milo was facing a death sentence for his part in a double murder at Lansford. Because he was penniless and had nobody who would pay to bury him, he knew that his […]

  • Growing Boomtown

    On this date in 2013, the city of Williston, North Dakota adopted an ordinance, proposing to annex 217 acres of land north of Highway 1804 and south of the BNSF railroad tracks. The annexation became effective on October 1, 2015. It was one of a dozen annexations that became effective on that date. At the […]

  • Goodbye, Byron

    Thirty years representing North Dakota were acknowledged in a farewell speech by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on this date in 2010. He delivered the speech on the Senate floor four weeks before his third term ended. “It’s hard to get here and it’s also hard to leave here,” he said, adding he was the 1,802nd […]

  • La Verendrye

    On this date in 1738, Pierre La Verendrye was midway through a 10 day stay with the Mandan Indians; reportedly, he and his group were the first white men to provide written records about the Native Americans they encountered. Verendrye was born at a trading post in Quebec in 1685. Native Canadians who visited the […]

  • Colonel Clement Lounsberry

    Colonel Clement Lounsberry was a well-known North Dakota figure.  Following his service in the Civil War, he started his journalism career with newspapers in Minnesota. As the railroad moved west, so did Lounsberry.  In July, 1873 he published the first issue of his Bismarck newspaper. In 1889, Lounsberry was appointed special agent of the General […]

  • Ole the Green Man

    On this date in 1914, it was reported that while in Grand Forks, Ole Evenson from Starkweather painted his entire body a bright emerald green. Nobody understood why he did it, as reported in the following newspaper story: “When a Swede deliberately takes a can of green paint, and with a brush proceeds to decorate […]

  • Corn Show

    On this date in 1912, residents and visitors to Valley City, and students throughout Barnes County, had corn on the mind. Today marked the opening of Valley City’s big Corn Show, which included a Teachers’ and Boys’ Short Course in Agriculture.   The Armory building was decorated for exhibits, including poultry, produce, and booths for […]

  • The Implement Men

    On this date in 1946, over 300 dealers of farm equipment braved the cold weather and slippery roads of a North Dakota December as they descended upon Fargo for a three-day convention.  The second annual farm dealership conference was sponsored by the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association.  The first conference, the year before, had attracted […]

  • The Red Trail

    On this date in 1916, Bismarck and Mandan were working to join forces to bring their cities closer together – travel-wise. They were trying to make the Red Trail a better highway and a more effective method to get from one city to the other.   Although settlers were in the Bismarck-Mandan area by 1872, […]

  • Scrap Metal Shortage

    During World War II, metal was in short supply and in high demand.  The line between military and civilian resources was erased.  The military was the first priority for the allocation of resources, and civilians were urged to “make do or do without.”  Community groups, schools, and the Boy Scouts hosted scrap metal drives.  From […]

  • Dakota Promoter

    A man of many hats was born on this date in 1814, but Andrew Jackson Faulk is most remembered as Dakota Territory’s third territorial governor. The Pennsylvania native received his education in his home state. As a young man he worked as a printer, editor and journalist for the Armstrong County Democrat, a Pennsylvania newspaper. […]

  • Thanksgiving in North Dakota

    On this date in 1897, Mayor John Dinnie of Grand Forks issued a proclamation designating a day of thanks.  He said the people of the city and the surrounding area had a great deal to be thankful for, including a very good harvest and a newly-built plant to provide electric lighting. The Grand Forks Herald […]

  • Deer Season Closer

    Today is often a date serving as the last day of the deer gun season in North Dakota, as it did in 2013. The state’s deer gun season opens at noon on the Friday designated by gubernatorial proclamation, typically the first Friday in November. The 16-and-a-half-day season usually closes on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The […]

  • The Winter of 1996-97

    Mention the winter of ’96 – ’97 to anyone who was here, and they likely have a story to tell. The brutal season brought blizzard after blizzard, making it one of the snowiest winters in state history. Fargo received over 117 inches of snow, well above the average of 47. Just days after a two-day […]

  • Billy Sunday

    “I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll […]

  • North Dakota Clay

    On this date in 1912, it was Dakota Day at the Northwest Products Show in Minneapolis.  The show was held in conjunction with the Second Minnesota Conservation and Agricultural Development Congress.  The Congress focused on the state of agriculture in Minnesota, but the Northwest Products Show highlighted products from a much broader area, and Dakota […]

  • Energy Crisis

    In 1979, the United States was in the throes of an energy crisis following the cutoff of Iranian oil.  President Jimmy Carter said reserve supplies of oil were sufficient if people conserved, and there was no need to panic. But he also said it was crucial for the country to break its dependence on foreign […]

  • Leith’s Sigh of Relief

    The city of Leith, North Dakota, breathed a small sigh of relief on this date in 2013 when two white supremacists with designs on the town were taken into custody. Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton, two neo-Nazis, had patrolled the town with a shotgun and rifle that Saturday, leading to several 911 calls from Leith […]

  • North Dakota’s Endangered Species

    Congregants of Blanchard Lutheran Church in Blanchard, North Dakota, were still reeling from the closing and demolition of their church on this date in 2011. The country church established in 1913 closed that year in May, and was bulldozed and burned that fall. A Facebook page with pictures now commemorates the church whose membership had […]