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  • Not Very Minnie

    Minnie Jean Nielson was a hardworking woman. Born in Jackson, Michigan, her family moved to Valley City, North Dakota where she attended high school. After graduating, she demonstrated her work ethic by going University of North Dakota, the University of Michigan, and summer school at the University of Chicago.  She became a teacher of chemistry […]

  • Influenza

    Following one of the most deadly flu pandemics in history, a 1919 October article in the Towner newspaper carried an article theorizing that the outbreak had probably stemmed from lack of embalming of black plague victims in the Middle Ages. The 1918 outbreak of influenza was devastating, killing 20 to 30 million people. As with […]

  • Harvest in North Dakota

    An unusual harvest took place in Enderlin, North Dakota in 1938.  It wasn’t a harvest of wheat, soybeans, or corn, it was a harvest of trees.  That may bring logging to mind, but the Enderlin harvest was not for lumber.  On this date in 1938, the United States Forest Service announced that in seventeen days, […]

  • Summerall’s War Bonnet

    On this date in 1928, area residents of Bismarck and Mandan prepared for the imminent arrival of Major General Charles Summerall. The general was on an army camp inspection tour. Upon arrival he was met with a fair amount of pomp. He toured the city, inspected Fort Lincoln, and spoke at a banquet thrown in […]

  • Anniversary of Norse Settlers

    In his extensive history of North Dakota, Elwyn Robinson describes how Norwegian immigrants made their mark.  They carved out homesteads and settled the land.  As the railroads came through and towns sprouted on the prairie, these new immigrants adopted the language of their new home.  Many Anglicized their names.  Laverans Fjelstad became Lewis Fisk.  But […]

  • With Love From Fort Yates

    The man known as the first white accepted into the Yanktonai Sioux Nation penned a letter to relatives on this date in 1913, describing his experiences at Fort Yates, North Dakota. Alfred B. Welch, a North Dakota National Guard commander, was given the name Charging Bear by Chief John Grass, who a few months earlier […]

  • Goosefest

    Kenmare has identified with geese for decades; their school mascot is a snow goose, and their sports teams are called the Honkers. The town’s goose appreciation is at its zenith this week as the city celebrates its Annual Goosefest. As the self-proclaimed Goose Capital of North Dakota, the city hosts this hunting festival every October […]

  • The USO in Fargo

    Once World War II ended, the United States settled into a peaceful existence, but the lull did not last long.  By August, 1950, President Truman obtained the consent of Congress for military action in Korea.  Men were once again being drafted and heading to war.  The nation began to mobilize, including United Service Organizations – […]

  • Golden Days of Lewis and Clark

    The Corps of Discovery enjoyed a pleasant day on this date in 1804 as the expedition pulled up the Missouri River near present-day Huff, North Dakota. One historian said that if ever the party was like a bunch of guys on a long camping trip, it was now for Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their […]

  • Happy Birthday, Jack Dalrymple

    The city of Casselton has a great claim to fame in North Dakota with five of its residents going on to become governor. One of them, current governor Jack Dalrymple, was born on this date in 1948 in Minneapolis. He was raised on his great-grandfather’s farm near Casselton, an operation with roots that extended back […]

  • “Little Bulgaria” Called Home

    In the fall of 1912, the political situation between Turkey and the Balkan states was tense, with both sides wanting to control territory that included Thrace and Macedonia.  Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria had united as the Balkan League and were interested in expelling Turkey from the region. Tiny Montenegro began hostilities with an attack […]

  • A Boom from the Boom

    The oil boom has brought more people, more houses, and more jobs to North Dakota. Many people would say the boom has been a good thing. However, as time progresses, more people are coming forward with complaints about the side effects, including workplace risks. The death of Dustin Payne is just one of many examples. […]

  • The Belgian Hare Department

    North Dakota is a major agricultural state, but while people might think of sugar beets, wheat or soybeans, they rarely think of rabbits.  However, North Dakota has a history of commercial rabbit production for food and fur. Rabbit was common menu fare until the increase in beef consumption in the 1960s. One of the most […]

  • The Lone Wolf

    On this date in 1926, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican reported the second arrest of Norris Forrest.  Forrest was the “Lone Wolf” burglar of Minot, North Dakota.  He had been arrested and committed to the Ward County Jail, but he quickly broke out and disappeared. He was considered quite notorious.  A reward of $300 […]

  • Across the Bridge

    Around this time in the fall of 1914, new Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel opened for traffic. The Great Northern Railway had begun construction in 1912 as part of its Montana Eastern Railway, a line that was never finished. The lift bridge spans the Yellowstone River south of its confluence with the Missouri – […]

  • Edward Thompson

    On this date in 1996, a journalism legend died in New York. He was Edward K. Thompson, a recipient of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1968. Thompson was born in 1907 and grew up in St. Thomas, ND, where his father had a dry goods store and later a banking business. Thompson’s […]

  • Turtle Mountain Forest Reserve

    When settlers began arriving in the Turtle Mountains in the 1880s, they discovered the only densely wooded area for miles.  The Turtle Mountain forest was a ready source for building materials, fence posts, and fuel.  As the railroad moved into the area, there was a demand for wood as rail ties.  At first, the supply […]

  • Freedom of the Press in Danger

    By the fall of 1945, the Second World War was over.  All of the Axis powers had surrendered.  Troops began to return home.  More goods were becoming available.  Life was slowly returning to normal.  The country seemed to heave a sigh of relief at the thought of living in a world at peace. But not […]

  • More than a Grain of Hope

    You can’t travel through North Dakota without seeing a wheat field. With grain production in every county, it is one of the biggest grain producing states in the America, ranking second only to Kansas. Strong grain production is essential for North Dakota. However things do not always go smoothly. After two terrible crop years in […]

  • Class Is in Session at Minot

    After what seemed like the plagues of Egypt, the Minot normal school’s first term finally started on this date in 1913. The troubles began in 1907, when legislative squabbling almost killed the bill authorizing a third normal school in North Dakota. It took three tries and five years for the legislation to pass and be […]