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  • Hans Aaker

    At the turn of the 19th century, Hans Aaker was Moorhead’s leading prohibitionist, although he is best remembered for founding Aaker’s Business College in Fargo. A man of many endeavors, Aaker also served nearly a decade as Concordia College president before running for mayor of Moorhead, hoping to clean up “the Wickedest City in the [...]

  • The Motive Was Revenge

    A terrible tragedy took place on this date in 1913 near Ray, North Dakota. Three people were brutally shot down. The motive seems to have been revenge. The Dillon family farmed near Ray, in Williams County in western North Dakota. It was the second marriage for Mrs. Dillon. She earlier was married to Maurice Culbertson, [...]

  • ND Lynchings

    On this date in 1882, even before it became a state, North Dakota experienced its first known lynching. Unfortunately, it was not to be the last. Perhaps even more unfortunate, is what eventually happened to the mobs of vigilantes who perpetrated these crimes. The scene is the city jailhouse in Grand Forks, ND. Locked up [...]

  • Wrought Iron Cross Cemeteries

    Beginning in the 1870s, a new group of immigrants began arriving in the United States. The newcomers were from Central Europe and Russia, but they spoke German. These ‘Germans from Russia’ were ethnically German, and had fled their villages on the Russian steppes to seek freedom overseas. Thanks in large part to the Homestead Act, [...]

  • A Chance Meeting with JFK

    If you could were able to share a meal and talk a little with anyone you wanted, who would you like to meet with?   On this date in 1960, the Aneta Star reported that John L. Hanson, a native North Dakotan who grew up in Aneta and graduated from the University of North Dakota [...]

  • Fargo’s Red Light District

    Liquor and prostitution appear to go hand in hand, especially if the liquor is illegal. In the early Twentieth Century, most of the residents of Fargo who were prone to imbibe in the spirits of the vine, did so by crossing the bridge to Moorhead where wine and liquor were legal. But if they were [...]

  • Spanish Flu

    As the Spanish Flu swept across the country in 1918, no one was left unaffected. It wasn’t just the infection and possible death of a family member or a friend – each community felt the risk, and the consequences.   One report from Fargo noted that the flu was responsible for nine deaths in Moorhead, [...]

  • Champion Barrel Racer

    North Dakota champion barrel racer Maude (Kirk) Gullickson was born on this date in 1911 in Washburn. Maude was the youngest daughter of Grant and Maude Kirk. She started riding horse as a toddler and rode nearly every day of her life until she was 73 years old. Maude trained and rode barrel-racing horses for [...]

  • Lutefisk Shortages

    Eating lutefisk is not for the faint of heart, for this peculiar Norwegian form of codfish smells to high heaven. But to Norwegian-Americans, eating snow-white, light and flaky lutefisk was a joy at holiday dinners, especially at Christmas-time, as a taste of Norway for those immigrants who had left its fjords and shores for America. [...]

  • Chaffee Swindled

    Herbert Chaffee became president of the Amenia and Sharon Land Company bonanza farm near Amenia, North Dakota, when his father passed away in 1892. The Chaffees believed the welfare of their workers was key to the success of the bonanza farms, but this benevolence was vulnerable to abuse.   In October 1909, a California gold [...]

  • Fort Rice Engineering Expedition

    In President Abraham Lincoln’s third state of the union address, he emphasized the importance of America’s railroads in bringing the expansive country together, stating that the railroads “…when completed, will so largely multiply the facilities for reaching our distant possessions.” The year was 1863 and, at the time, Dakota Territory was considered by most Americans [...]

  • Meriwether’s Mysterious Death

    In 1803, Thomas Jefferson purchased the vast Louisiana Territory from the French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite domestic opposition, Jefferson believed the deal was too good to pass up; not only was the price ridiculously low, less than 3 cents an acre – 42¢ in today’s dollars. The deal also helped assure the removal of the [...]

  • Casselton Corn Show

    Casselton was in the midst of its first state Corn Show on this day in 1913. Businessmen of the city planned the show to highlight the agriculture of the state, especially the growing and manufacturing of the several varieties of corn harvested in North Dakota. The city raised $1,500 to fund the event, and invested [...]

  • Old Settlers Day

    Bismarck leaders and organizers of the 2nd Annual North Dakota Industrial Exposition celebrated Old Settlers Day on this date in 1912. Early pioneers of the state traveled to the capital city to visit old friends during a string of glad reunions. Events of the day celebrated the old-timers who arrived during the days of territorial [...]

  • The Treason of Bear Ribs*

    Territorial Governor William Jayne reported the death of Sioux Chief Bear Ribs on this date in 1862. Chief of all Sioux, Bear Ribs was killed by his own kinsmen for the act of accepting annuity payments from the U.S. Government, an act that the Sioux had forbidden as treasonous only months before. Chief Bear Ribs [...]

  • Blue/Gray

    The summers of 1863 through 1865 were times of significant change on the plains of Northern Dakota Territory. The Sibley/Sully Campaigns of 1863 pushed the Indians westward across the Missouri River, and the subsequent campaigns of 1864 and 1865, led by General Alfred Sully, basically cemented control of the area for the advancement of the [...]

  • Casselton Capture

    Gossiping tongues could hardly keep still on this date in 1889 in Casselton. The evening before, Magdalena Sands had been captured near the city’s train station. Magdalena, the wife of Deputy Sheriff John P. Sand of Little Falls, Minnesota, was wanted for freeing her husband’s prisoner … and eloping with him! By most accounts, Deputy [...]

  • North Dakota Newspapers

    On July 7, 1864, Robert Winegar and Ira Goodwin published the first newspaper in Dakota Territory from their military headquarters at Fort Union. The infantrymen had been ordered to Fort Union to guard supplies needed by General Sully during his campaign against the Sioux. Although the fort was small and quite “dilapidated,” the two men [...]

  • McHenry Loop

    In 1871, the Northern Pacific became the first railroad to enter Dakota Territory. The company had been created by an Act of Congress under President Lincoln to build a northern route from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound. As an incentive, the government granted the Northern Pacific more than fifty million acres of land, the [...]

  • Campaign Tragedy

    Prominent Minot attorney and state legislator Christopher A. Johnson spent the summer and fall of 1910 canvassing the state of North Dakota. The popular and energetic politician was campaigning as the Republican candidate for governor after winning the state primary. Johnson was running against popular incumbent and early favorite in the race, Governor John Burke, [...]