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  • Joseph Nicollet

    When Joseph Nicollet came to the United States from his native France in 1832, he arrived penniless and alone.  His promising scientific career had been interrupted by turbulent French politics, and he needed a new start.  He came up with a bold plan to map the Mississippi River Valley.  Lewis and Clark had reached the […]

  • Sibley, the Sioux and Stony Lake

    Another page was written in the story of Generals Sully and Sibley’s Dakota expeditions on this date in 1863. In the wake of the battles of Big Mound and Dead Buffalo Lake, General Henry Hastings Sibley and his men were forced to camp in Burleigh County with exhausted animals on July 27. In pursuit of […]

  • The Machine Gun Boys

    On April 4, 1917, Congress granted President Wilson’s request for a declaration of war. 14,000 American troops arrived in Europe by June of that year.  In July, the Dickinson Press was full of war news.  The newspaper reported a danger of food and fuel shortages, blaming the “unusual conditions” resulting from the war.  The chairman […]

  • North Dakota Road Maps

    Many an older North Dakota driver may recall a glove compartment filled with maps advertising their local gas stations.  These were gradually replaced by more colorful and fact-filled Official State Highway maps, and most recently by electronic versions.  But in the early 1920s, as the automobile gained popularity and motorists began traveling greater distances, few […]

  • The Wondrous Soil Of The Red River Valley

    The topography of the Red River Valley is very simple, it is VERY flat. The soil of the Red River Valley is perhaps not so well known as the topography, however. The soil underfoot is very deep and rich stuff, and it is the most fertile topsoil in North Dakota. This is because the valley […]

  • James Vranna and the Rose

    James Vranna was born on April 4th 1921.  He graduated from High School in Taylor, North Dakota and attended collage for 2 years.   Jim joined the Army Air Force in 1942, trained as a pilot and ended up getting his wings as a 2nd Lieutenant, flying the B-17 Flying Fortress. In the summer of 1944, […]

  • Explosion in Minot

    A violent explosion rocked Minot on this day in 1947. People were thrown to the ground as far as two blocks away, and windows were shattered throughout a four-block radius. The explosion occurred shortly before noon at the Westland Oil Company service station and bulk plant. It started with an undetermined detonation of gasoline holding […]

  • Circus Mishaps at Fargo

    Barnum & Bailey’s circus pulled into Fargo on this date in 1907, and it would soon experience a menagerie of mishaps. Early in the morning, the circus arrived from Ortonville, Minnesota, in four trains. Twenty tents were pitched at the show grounds near present-day Fargo North High School. The big top was 643 feet high […]

  • Minot, North Dakota

    In 1886, James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway was pushing its way across North Dakota.  As winter set in, the workers were having difficulty constructing a trestle across Gassman Coulee, so they decided to call it quits for the season.  It was plain this would be the end of the line for a while, so […]

  • North Dakota’s Only Recall-Elected Governor

    The only North Dakota governor to be elected in a recall election died on this date in 1942. Ragnvald Nestos was governor from 1921 to 1925. He was born in Norway in 1877, and came to Buxton, North Dakota at age 16. He spoke no English at the time, and lived with an aunt and […]

  • Int’l Peace Garden

    The International Peace Garden straddles the U.S.–Canadian border between Boissevain, Manitoba and Dunseith, North Dakota. It was on this date in 1932 that it was first dedicated. The idea for the Peace Garden began as the dream of a Canadian horticulturist, Dr. Henry J. Moore, a lecturer for the Ontario Department of Agriculture. Moore was […]

  • Emma Bates

    Emma Bates was not a North Dakota native. However, North Dakota is perhaps where she made her biggest impact. Bates was born and raised on a New York farm and attended college in Pennsylvania, but she fell ill from overwork before she could graduate. After recovering, she held various positions in education before moving to […]

  • Sports Celebrity at State Fair

    The recent success of American Pharoah … becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years … had racing fans excited. “Pharoah Fever” resulted in people buying hats and T-shirts honoring the horse.  American Pharoah did more to revitalize racing than all of the industry’s marketing campaigns combined. But there was a time when another […]

  • An Unfamiliar Name

    Norman Brunsdale is not what you would call a household name, but even though he’s not one North Dakota’s better known historical figures, he did indeed leave his mark. Brunsdale was born in Sherbrooke, North Dakota on this date in 1891.  In 1913, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  He moved back to […]

  • Cavalier County Rising

    On this date in 1884, Cavalier County began to take shape. Three energetic locals petitioned the governor of Dakota Territory for permission to organize Cavalier County. Sixteen days later, the county officials were decided – positions from sheriff to superintendent of schools. Cavalier County had been created in 1873 out of western Pembina County in […]

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

    It was about this time in 1905 that H. F. Osborn revealed the discovery of the “Dynamosaurus” or “dynamic lizard.” Now known as the Tyrannosaurus, or T. rex, this nasty carnivore literally surfaced for the first time just across the border in Montana. The discovery was in what’s known as the Hell Creek Formation, which […]

  • World War I Pilot Jerry Myron Bacon

    Airplanes, invented by the Wright Brothers in 1903, were considered novelties as World War I began in 1914, but they rapidly became deadly combat weapons. Airplanes were initially used for reconnaissance, and pilots from both sides respected each other as fellow “knights of the air,” flying chivalrously above the killing fields.  But as their countrymen […]

  • Mother’s Pension Assistance

    The problem of caring for the downtrodden poor has plagued civic government in North Dakota since territorial days. The essential question was how to care for widows, orphans and elderly persons in poverty who had no family members to properly provide for them. In the time of the Progressive Era, 1900-1917, state governments developed a […]

  • Stone Sentinel

    Herman Fjelde came to North Dakota from Norway.  He practiced medicine for more than 21 years.  But he is better known for his cultural efforts than his medical career.  Fjelde did not want Norwegian immigrants to forget where they came from.  He was the driving force behind many of the sculptures in Fargo, including the […]

  • Garrison Dam Heartbreak

    /media/dakotadatebook/2015/jul/01.mp3 A heartbreaking deadline arrived on this date in 1953. Residents in towns along the Garrison Reservoir were required to evacuate by July 1 as the reservoir’s rising waters swallowed up surrounding land. The effects of the rising reservoir were devastating. Over 150,000 acres of river bottomland were lost, and towns such as Independence, Charging […]