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  • Gerrymandering

    Gerrymandering is a practice by which a political party attempts to manipulate voting district boundaries for political advantage.  The party in power has control of the process, so the party out of power regularly accuses the other of gerrymandering. The term was coined on this date in 1812.  It appeared in a political cartoon in […]

  • William H. Brown

    William H. Brown was very involved with land matters in the development of North Dakota. Among other jobs, Brown established The William H. Brown Land Company, one of the largest such companies west of the Missouri River. He also platted and founded several townsites, including Flasher, Haynes, and, in 1904, Mott.   In March of […]

  • Mary Robison

    The melting pot that is America has welcomed many settlers over the centuries.  Each individual bore with them some small impact, some talent or knowledge or even personality that affected the fabric of today. One such woman, Mary Robison, came to the United States when she was in her late teens.  She was married, but […]

  • When John Philip Sousa marched Into Grand Forks

    ‘Sousa is coming to town,’ were the magical words heard in Grand Forks back in the year 1899, when the “March King” came to the Metropolitan Theater, most fittingly, in the month of March. John Philip Sousa was famous internationally for the “stirring rhythm” and “irresistible” musicality of his greatest compositions – The Stars and […]

  • Science College Open House

    The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, originally in operation under the name State Scientific School, has its beginnings around 1903. Today, it is one of the oldest public two-year colleges in the United States.   Reports of ongoing events at the local school were often published in the Wahpeton Times, but visitors […]

  • The Militia at Grand Forks

    Many towns throughout the new state of North Dakota had National Guard units.  But by 1898, the Grand Forks unit had disbanded.  The Grand Forks Herald noted that at one time the Grand Forks militia was a first-class company in the forefront of the North Dakota National Guard.  The primary reason for disbanding was the […]

  • Ray Crandall Ran Away From Home In 1914

    In the fall of 1914, Ray Crandall ran away from everything he knew to seek the adventure of his life.  Twenty-one years old, Crandall was a farmhand threshing wheat near New Salem when he seemingly disappeared. Ray’s father, Mr. H.A. Crandall, who had a farm a mile north of Zap in Mercer County, had no […]

  • Patrick Haggerty: Engineer and Entrepreneur

    As students struggle through Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and even Calculus this school year, they likely will find sitting on the desk in front of them a calculator. This ubiquitous tool of most, if not all math students, will likely feature a dark grey or black body, a protective slip-case, a model number such as 83 […]

  • Badlands Adventure

    In the 1880s, western Dakota was an empty land with miles between ranches.  Roads were few, and a trip across the prairie on foot was not always the safest, with spring weather being quite fickle.  It was also home to many creatures now seldom seen in the hills and grasslands.  The buffalo had disappeared but […]

  • Bijou Fire

    On this date in 1909, residents of Grand Forks lamented the loss of the Bijou Theater. A fire had occurred the night before, just after the box office opened to sell tickets for the evening performances. The Bijou, owned and operated by Mrs. R. Feldkirchner, had a lot of patronage, so it was lucky that […]

  • The Spirit Lake Massacre

    The 1850s were a time of increasing conflict between the Dakota and settlers who were steadily moving west.  The encroachment on traditional hunting grounds left the Dakota frustrated.  Relations between the two groups were tense, with sporadic violence.  Then came the shocking massacre at Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Suffering from cold and hunger, Inkpaduta was angry. […]

  • Lawrence Welk’s Parents

    There’s no mistaking the familiar opening notes of the Lawrence Welk television show theme song.  This world famous musician, band leader and showman was born on this date, March 11, 1903, near Strasburg, North Dakota.  Much has been written about Lawrence himself … but what about his parents?  There wouldn’t have been a Lawrence had […]

  • Splitting Billings County

    Billings County is located in the western portion of North Dakota.  The 2010 population of 783 made it the second-least populated county in the state.  The Territorial legislature authorized Billings County in 1879, and it was officially organized in 1886.  The county was named after Frederick H. Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railway.  The […]

  • Drought and Depression

    The entire economic system of the United States began to break down following the Stock Market Crash of 1929.  Unemployment swept across the nation, and North Dakota suffered even more than most of the country because of a devastating drought.  Production was down and so were prices.  In 1933, the per capita personal income in […]

  • Food-Divorcement Repeal

    Bismarck tavern owner Vincent Kielty announced the formation of a group known as the Association for Repeal of the Food Divorcement Law on this day in 1948. Kielty, chairman of the group, stated that the purpose of its formation was to repeal the 1946 legislation that made it illegal to sell food and liquor in […]

  • The Norwegian-American Summer Religion School

    From the 1870s through the 1930s many Norwegian-American Lutheran congregations held summer schools for religious education. They were called RELIGIONSKOLER [reh-lih-ggeh-oon-skoh-ler], religion schools, parochial schools or Norse schools. One, two or three congregations would participate in running these schools from four to six weeks. At first, professional teachers from Norway taught, then Lutheran seminary students. […]

  • Hypnotist McEwen

    A traveling hypnotist came to Grand Forks in March of 1897 and mesmerized his audiences night after night in seven performances. The hypnotist, known as the “Great McEwen” or as “Professor McEwen,” had a wonderful stage show in which he entertained large audiences with startling feats of mind control and suggestion, all done with care […]

  • Norwegian-American North Dakota Ladies Aid Societies

    Beginning in the 1870s, many Norwegian immigrants established Lutheran congregations in North Dakota. Only the men voted and managed those congregations. The women were organized by the pastors into the women’s society – in Norwegian called the KVINDEFORENING. [kvin-eh-for-eh-ning]. By the 1930s it was renamed the Ladies’ Aid Society. In some places the women organized […]

  • Jon Norstog, A Prolific Writer

    Once, the most prolific writer in the Norwegian language lived in North Dakota. He was Jon Norstog [norՙ-stogg], born in Telemark [tehՙ-leh-mark], Norway, in 1877. He disliked farm work, and would rather hunt, dream and write. At a church academy Jon deepened his faith and learned the common idiomatic language of Norway, while also mastering […]

  • Schools at War

    As the United States entered World War II, everyone on the home front was called upon to help. The Schools at War program was organized on September 25, 1942, by the War Savings Staff of the Treasury Department and the U.S. Office of Education. The program was set up to garner the interest and participation […]