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  • Selective Service Act

    In May of 1917, as the First World War rolled on across the seas, Congress established the Selective Service Act, and consequently, the selective service system, in order to administer a selective draft for all male citizens between the ages of 21 to 30. In 1918 the age range was expanded to 18 to 45. […]

  • The USS Gurke

    On this date in 1976, the USS Gurke was decommissioned as a warship after nearly thirty years of service in the United States Navy. The USS Gurke was a US Navy Destroyer, christened and launched in 1945. It boasted five-inch deck guns and anti-submarine weapons. With a crew of 280 the destroyer was 391 feet […]

  • William Skjerven Sr.

    William Skjerven Sr., also called Bill, was a locally celebrated inventor in Walsh County. He was born on a farm in Fertile Township, Walsh County, and moved into Park River in 1916. He repaired cars and motorcycles in various garages until he opened his own garage in 1927. During World War II, he converted his […]

  • Radio Gift

    On this date in 1950, students at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, now NDSU, were enjoying a very special gift received from Fargo Radio Station WDAY…”twenty-five thousand dollars worth of outmoded radio broadcasting equipment.”   WDAY gave the equipment to the Department of Electrical Engineering to use for instruction. It came about with […]

  • Session Dilemma

    Having completed a third of their allotted time of sixty days, the Territorial Legislature was keeping a keen eye on the United States Congress. The legislature was in a very difficult position. The lawmakers had a territorial government to run, and money had to be appropriated to fund it, possibly for the next two years […]

  • Band Uniforms

    In Meredith Wilson’s musical The Music Man, flim-flam man extraordinaire, Professor Harold Hill, not only sells a small town in Iowa on the idea of a boy’s marching band, but also the uniforms to go with it…complete with the stripe up the side of the leg. Oh, there’s nothing quite like a band–even though the […]

  • Korean War

    The Korean War broke out along the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, just a few years after the end of World War II. As the United States cast a wary eye over the oncoming conflict, soldiers were once again drafted and recruited to fight against the perceived threats.   In January of 1951, National […]

  • Kidnapped Klutz

    A kidnapping report that had put the city of Fargo into a frenzy was retracted on this day in 1928. On January 19, eighteen-year old Esther Monson was found lying unconscious on a sidewalk in downtown Fargo. The Bottineau girl was rushed to St. John’s Hospital, where she was resuscitated by doctors. Upon examination, the […]

  • Institutions

    In 1889, with the Territorial Legislature in its fourteenth day, thoughts of impending statehood were on the minds of most of the legislators, but little in the way of statehood legislation had actually surfaced. A bill to authorize another Constitutional Convention at Huron was introduced, which was needed to amend the Constitution already submitted by […]

  • Oak Trees

    John Keats once said of oak trees: Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir. The oak, great and old, stands longer than the lives of men, contented to its lot in life. It is a tree often referred to in […]

  • 1889 Session Begins

    The Territorial Legislature met on Tuesday, January 8, 1889, for the beginning of what was hopefully the last session as a territory. On the first day, the Republicans in the House called a caucus to select their leaders and map out their strategy, while their Democratic counterpart decided against it. Edwin McNeil from Cass County […]

  • Bristol Co. Fire

    The city of Fargo suffered a devastating fire on this day in 1907. The fire broke out in the basement of the Bristol-Sweet Harness Company at 117 Broadway and caused over $100,000 in damages. The harness company sold and produced leather harnesses, sweat pads, and collars in their downtown factory and salesroom. Fortunately, the full […]

  • Countdown to Statehood with Dakota Datebook

    North Dakota will celebrate 125 years of statehood on November 2, 2014, and Prairie Public is joining the festivities with special “Countdown to Statehood” essays from historian Jim Davis and Dakota Datebook. Click the links below to learn about North Dakota and its storied history, and stay tuned for new stories every week! Dakota Datebook […]

  • Otto Chenoweth

    Otto Chenoweth was born to a wealthy Massachusetts family, but the lure of the Wild West brought him to Wyoming in the 1880s, where he found friendship among cattle rustlers and horse thieves.   After committing numerous robberies in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, in 1901 Otto was arrested in southwest North Dakota with a […]

  • Blooming with Life

    When thinking of North Dakota, you don’t think of the sunny southern hemisphere, or of oceans or mountains, for obvious reasons. However, through funds collected by the Mountrail county’s 4-H and Homemakers groups, several young men from that region were able to travel abroad and make connections to such places. Each chosen delegate served as […]

  • Bishop “Bish” Dorsey

    The story of the first African-American baseball player in Grand Forks, a man named Bishop Dorsey, is one of great athletic glory – but marred by deep woe. Bishop Dorsey, known as “Bish,” was born in Missouri in 1876, but lived in Grand Forks from childhood. Bish Dorsey became noted for his superb baseball skills […]

  • William Cross

    The city of Grand Forks had a certified hero just over a century ago, and his name was William Cross. It was on this date in 1909 when the readers of the Grand Forks Herald became aware that the Carnegie Hero Medal, given to William Cross, had been placed on display in Munro’s Jewelry Store. […]

  • Renville

    On this date in 1933, Mr. Felix Renville and his wife were getting ready to travel from their home in Fort Yates to New York to appear on Robert Ripley’s radio program, “Believe It or Not.”   According to an article in the Mandan Daily News, the curious event prompting the show to invite Renville […]

  • O. H. Woodridge

    A Fargo postal carrier reported the success of his new winter contraption on this day in 1928. The winter of 1928 proved to be one of the worst on record for North Dakota in terms of snowfall and blizzard-like conditions. Many people around the state, notably doctors and mail carriers, found it impossible to drive […]

  • Division and Dualism

    On this date in 1888, Congress was dealing with the Springer Omnibus Bill, which would admit a single state of Dakota. For most people, especially in Dakota Territory, statehood was not acceptable without division. However, the precedent in dividing the territory along the 46th parallel went back more than three decades, even before the creation […]