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  • 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 […]

  • A Bubbling Crude

    On this date in 2013, Steve Jensen discovered America’s worst on-land oil spill. It was in his wheat field near Tioga, North Dakota. Crude oil poured out of the ground, emptying over 20,000 barrels onto seven acres of the Jensens’ 1,800-acre farm.   The spill’s source was a leaking underground pipeline. Tesoro guessed that the […]

  • Bitten By A Dirty Rat

    Rats were not native to America, but came from the Old World on ships about 1775. These gray rats, officially known as Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus), arrived in Dakota on the early Missouri River steamboats.  The rats found food and cover near trading posts and Indian villages. As towns sprung up in the 1890s, rats […]

  • The Shooting of Johnny Benson

    Poor Johnny Benson had led a turbulent, dramatic life that was filled with heartache and jail sentences. To many, Johnny was merely a criminal. To others, he was a hopeless romantic who was prone to misfortune. On this date in 1946, however, federal agents waited patiently in Sanish for Johnny, who was still at large […]

  • Golden Valley County

    North Dakota’s Golden Valley County wasn’t officially formed until 1912; however, Beach, which would become the county seat, was established and settled some years earlier. In 1881, the Northern Pacific Railroad built a section house in Beach. Nine years later, settlement really began. In 1902, the post office was established.  In 1908, the village was […]

  • Last Snakebite Death

    One hundred years have passed since the last death from a snakebite in North Dakota on this date in 1915. Four-year-old Helen Moomey was bitten by a rattlesnake while playing with friends near her house in rural Slope County. Her parents called a neighbor from the closest ranch over a mile away, and he drove […]

  • Rough Justice

    “Take that! You will ruin no other man’s child!” Those words echoed through the air after a pistol-shot in the front yard of Michael Murphy’s house in Grand Forks.  The bullet hit Charles Link and he fell, dead. Link, a 25-year-old housepainter, had criminally assaulted Michael Murphy’s six-year-old daughter, and, when Murphy found out, he […]

  • North Dakota Agriculture by the Numbers

    At this time of year, summer is winding down and the North Dakota harvest is in full swing.  Wheat has been harvested.  Soybeans, sunflowers, and corn wait their turn.  When people from outside the state think of North Dakota, they generally think of vast, open prairie.  Even some North Dakotans don’t realize the extent of […]

  • Jay Cooke and Company and the Bonanzas

    When the Northern Pacific asked Jay Cooke’s banking company to be its financial agent in 1865, Cooke was leery of the offer. The railroad was to be the largest enterprise in the country up to that time–larger even than the Erie Canal.   The charter granted Northern Pacific millions of acres of land. Cooke believed […]

  • North Dakota’s Wall of Famer

    North Dakota has no shortage of star athletes.  One is Phil Hansen.  Phillip Allen Hansen was born May 20, 1968 in Ellendale, North Dakota. Phil played for the University of North Dakota.  When he was a senior, professional teams came to watch him work out.  When representatives of the Buffalo Bills arrived, the UND gym […]

  • Bugenhagen Swing Pal

    North Dakotan architect and inventor George Bugenhagen died in 1953. Originally from New York, he came to North Dakota via Saskatchewan in 1916, beginning an architectural practice in Minot. He planned and built numerous buildings in Minot and in neighboring towns, but he was also busy with new inventions.   His patents were many, including […]

  • Winter for State Historic Sites

    Today is the final day to visit many historic sites operated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota before its winter season begins. The state owns 57 sites, and access varies. There are even some sites that never open to visitors. For a number of the sites, the summer season opens May 16. Visitors […]

  • Chahinkapa Park

    Wahpeton, county seat of Richland County, was one of the earliest established sites in North Dakota. The settlement was founded in 1869 as Richville and later renamed Chahinkapa, which was the early Native American name for the site, meaning “end of the woods.” Wahpeton adopted its current name July 24th, 1874. It is derived from […]

  • Bowbells Booty Hunters

    The residents of Bowbells and the surrounding area were armed with shovels in 1908 and determined to find buried treasure. A story from the late 1800s had been revived, claiming a paymaster for the Hudson’s Bay Company was robbed in Canada while delivering salaries to men at several trading posts. The loot was rumored to […]

  • Make Way for New Town

    On this date in 1950, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the town site of New Town, North Dakota. A furrow of earth was cut on the future Main Street for the town, which was being created out of the certainty that the Garrison Reservoir would flood other towns along the Missouri River. About 900 […]

  • No Fish in Devils Lake

    Anyone who knows anything about fishing knows that Devils Lake is one of the premier fishing lakes in our region. In fact, the Devils Lake website proclaims it has “world class fishing.” Strangely, it was not always this way, for there was a time when no game fish lived in Devils Lake, only miserable minnows […]