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  • Beer on the Military Frontier

    Soldiers stationed on the military frontier brought with them a taste for malt beverages like beer and ale. This was sometimes satisfied by ale imported from England, Scotland, or Ireland, which could be bought at the post trader’s store – if the fort was located on or near a railroad or navigable river. In the [...]

  • Double Murder

    Today we bring a story about two murders that happened on this date in 1920 – both by the same man. The crime took place two miles from Armourdale, a tiny village that no longer exists. The Turtle Mountain Star reported the story as follows: “Between one and two o’clock Monday afternoon, a report reached [...]

  • Christian Science

    North Dakota’s first Christian Science Church was dedicated in Grand Forks on this date in 1905. The newly found religion of Christian Science had come about through the efforts of Mary Baker Eddy. She was born in New Hampshire in 1821 and was plagued by illness throughout most of her life. Her parents took her [...]

  • A Fight To The Death

    It was at 2 o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1888, that a crowd of cowboys, gamblers and drifters crammed into Frank Church’s horse barn in Grand Forks. They were there to watch prizefighter George Fulljames go up against an undisclosed opponent in a fight to the finish. Fulljames presumably needed the money [...]

  • Stefan Popiel…Chess Master

    Stefan Popiel was born in 1907 and grew up in the city of Lviv in former eastern Poland. In 1931, he earned a masters degree in French and Latin language and literature from the University in Lviv. He also acted Archbishop Andrew Sheptitsky’s personal secretary until 1944. Stefan was the nephew of an early master, [...]

  • JFK and Oswald in ND

    Tomorrow is the 41st anniversary of President John Kennedy receiving an honorary degree from UND in Grand Forks. He was on a 5-day Soil Conservation Tour at the time. In Dick Russell’s book, The Man Who Knew Too Much, there are references to Richard Case Nagell, a war vet who later admitted being a double [...]

  • Jamestown’s First Private School

    The first private school in Jamestown was started in 1879 by a newcomer, J.J. Nierling. He arrived in town in the middle of the winter and rented a room for his school in a building that later became a fire hall. Nierling “canvassed the neighborhood for scholars,” offering classes in bookkeeping, reading, spelling, geography and [...]

  • Maah Daah Hey Trail

    North Dakota has the largest continuous single-track trail in the country. The Maah-Daah-Hey Trail is a rugged 100-mile mountain bike trail that stretches from a Forest Service campground 20 miles south of Watford City, which extends south to Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. The trail, which is also used by hikers and horseback [...]

  • Ultimate Archivist

    Today would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. Robert Henry Bahmer, who died in 1990. Dr. Bahmer was the United States Archivist from 1966 to 1969, and he also directed the Presidential Libraries of Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1970, Bahmer’s accomplishment earned him North Dakota’s highest honor, [...]

  • William Jennings Bryan

    On this date in 1916, William Jennings Bryan spoke to more than 3,000 people gathered at the Grand Forks city auditorium. He was in the state to support the Democratic ticket, and it was his ninth speech in the state that day. Sixteen years earlier, Bryan spoke before a crowd of 5,000 people in the [...]

  • Dr. Victor Hugo Stickney

    It was on this date in 1883 that Dr. V.H. Stickney arrived in Dickinson. The newspaper reported he “arrived last Saturday from Ludlow, Vermont and has located here for the practice of medicine… He may be found at Davis and Fowler’s drugstore.” Author Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “Victor Hugo Stickney, M.D. little realized on that (September) [...]

  • Angie Dickinson

    Today is the birthday of legendary actress, Angie Dickinson. Her given name was Angeline Brown, but the name for which she is better known came from her first husband, semi-pro football player Gene Dickinson. Angie was born in Kulm, in southeast ND, where her father ran the Kulm Messenger. The family also lived in nearby [...]

  • Hobos, Trains and Guns

    At about this time in 1902, railroad workers in the state had been going through a tough time with hobos riding the rails. On September 22nd, the Fargo Forum reported a story under the heading, “Another Brakeman Shot.” The incident had happened the previous Saturday night aboard a Northern Pacific stock train heading east. A [...]

  • Four Paw Farrington

    Credit for founding the town of Hazen is linked to two different people. Alexander or “Sandy” Roberts squatted on the location in the fall of 1882 and, two years later, he filed for a post office to be named Hazen. The U.S. government granted his request, and the following year, Hazen went on the map– [...]

  • Drayton Sugar Beets

    The American Crystal Sugar Company began operating North Dakota’s first refinery – located near Drayton – on this date in 1965. Farmers in the Red River Valley experimented with sugar beets as far back as the 1870s, but without a processing plant nearby, beets proved a poor venture. Valley farmers gave sugar beets another try [...]

  • Bicycles and Bloomers

    In 1895, the New York Tribune reported the bicycle was “of more importance to mankind than all the victories and defeats of Napoleon, with the First and Second Punic Wars…thrown in.” A hundred years later, the Minnesota Historical Society published an article by Bemidji professor Ron Spreng titled: The 1890s Bicycling Craze in the Red [...]

  • Invasion of Canada

    Many people believe that America and Canada have always been at peace with each other, but that’s not actually true. On this date in 1871, U.S. citizens invaded Canada by way of Pembina in what became known as the Fenian Invasion. The Fenians were essentially an association of Irishmen and sympathizers who wanted Great Britain [...]

  • Invasion of Canada, Part 2

    Yesterday we told you about the Irishmen – or Fenians – who wanted to invade Canada by way of the United States. The Fenains’ goal was to hold Canada hostage until England granted Ireland its freedom. The movement was, in fact, the birth of the Irish Republican Army – or IRA. The first Canadian raid [...]

  • Edward Thompson Life/Smithsonian

    It was eight years ago today that a journalism legend died in New York. He was Edward K. Thompson, who was awarded the 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. [...]

  • Caffeine and Fur Coats

    In October 1913, the following ad was in the local papers: Wanted! Perfectly healthy men and women who will voluntarily submit to an experiment which may lead to temporary or permanent impairment of health, or possible death. This experiment to be conducted with the coffee drug, “caffeine.” Following that, in bold letters, it read: Would [...]