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  • The Last Man

    In May, 1865, one hundred fifty thousand Union soldiers passed in review following the Civil War.  After the Washington, D.C. parade, most of them mustered out, returning to civilian life.  But they were not about to forget their service, or their fallen comrades.  They formed the Grand Army of the Republic, known as the “G.A.R.” […]

  • Norma Egstrom

    Today is the birthday of Norma Egstrom, who was the seventh of eight children born into a Jamestown Scandinavian family in 1920. Her father worked for the Midland Continental Railroad. She had a good voice and excelled in choir, so after graduating from Wimbledon High School in 1938, she headed for California; she had only […]

  • Memorial Day in Jamestown

    Originally, Memorial Day was a known as Decoration Day, a day that the graves of those who died on the battlefields of the War of the Rebellion were decorated with flowers.  In 1882, in Jamestown, there were no soldiers’ graves to decorate.  Dakota Territory was far away from the bloodied battlefields where thousands of Union […]

  • Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory

    Today’s story has its roots—so to speak—in the subtropics that covered most of North Dakota 60-million years ago.  It was the Paleocene Epoch, during which time palm trees, redwood trees, sycamores, magnolia and bald cypress trees provided habitat for turtles, crocodiles, champsosaurs, alligators and many other exotic animals.   Fast-forward to modern-day North Dakota. For […]

  • Minot Zoo

    In 1920, the Minot Parks Board was laboring to establish tourism and park services throughout Minot. The effort was paying off, as the Ward County Independent boasted that “Minot, although a city of less than 15,000 people, is well in the lead in the state on account of the size and beautify of the park […]

  • A Self-made Man

    The namesake of Fargo, North Dakota was born on this date in 1818 in Pompey, New York.  William Fargo quit school at the age of thirteen, working as a store clerk, a mail carrier, and a baker.  In 1844, he helped establish the nation’s first express mail service. In 1850, three such firms consolidated to […]

  • Captain David Mott, POW

    Today is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, who was born in 1890. Trained in the Soviet Union, he rose to become the communist ruler of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today also marks the anniversary of the day in 1972 that Captain David Mott became a prisoner of war in Ho Chi Minh’s […]

  • North Dakota Invention

    In May of 1930, F. A. Maser, proprietor the Glen Ullin Pharmacy, placed an ad in the local newspaper stating that he had received a limited number of new cameras and rolls of film from Kodak, and that he would be giving these cameras away to any lucky girls or boys who turned twelve in […]

  • Living Hall of Fame

    In September of 1920, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War, a veterans advocacy and assistance group still in existence today, was officially organized in the United States. Local chapters formed quickly throughout the country. By this date in 1922, Bismarck had joined the ranks. The Bismarck chapter chose their officers and set their […]

  • Young’s Scouts

    One month after the Spanish-American War began, American troops sailed from San Francisco to battle the Spanish at their Pacific stronghold, the Philippines. Most of the Regular Army was fighting in Cuba or Puerto Rico, so three-fourths of the 10,000 men who went to the Philippines were members of volunteer state militias – the National […]

  • Dry Needling

    Needling someone can be annoying, offensive, and mean. But therapeutic? Well it turns out it can be, if done drily. On May 13th 2013, the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy voted to extend the scope of practice for North Dakota physical therapists to include dry needling. Such a thing may sound scary or painful, […]

  • Oil Boom Jobs

    The history of oil in North Dakota can best be described as episodic.  From the early 1900s to more recent times, the search for oil has added an exciting chapter in the history of the state.  The early homesteaders, drilling wells in search of water, found trace evidence of oil or natural gas, giving rise […]

  • Levingston or Rockefeller

    It was on this date in 1906 that William Levingston died at the age of 96. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Illinois, where he had lived out his life with Margaret, his wife of 50 years. William, a descendent of German immigrants, grew up in New York State. At 24, he was […]

  • Grafton, North Dakota

    The first two settlers in the Grafton area arrived in 1878.  A few more arrived over the course of the year.  Thomas Cooper settled there in 1879 and is credited with building the first permanent structure, and being the father of the town. The nearest post office was quite a distance, making it difficult in […]

  • Prison Riot

    The North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck has housed some of the State’s toughest criminals since it was opened in 1885, and in its first seventy years, the atmosphere at the prison had been taut, but controlled with only minor disturbances.   At 10:00 AM on this date in 1957, approximately fifty to sixty prisoners […]

  • Expanding Our Heritage

    The land of North Dakota has quite a history, and no place has done as much to keep that history alive as the North Dakota Heritage Center. They maintain archives, present exhibits, preserve artifacts, and tend 56 historic sites. There are even programs to provide children hands-on learning experiences. For many years the center sought […]

  • Fargo’s Red River Stream Gauge

    On this date in 1901, a stream gauge began keeping tabs on the Red River. Established on a Fargo-Moorhead bridge by the U.S. Geologic Survey, the stream gauge was a vertical staff attached to a pier. The gauge was later moved, discontinued and reestablished many times.  Today, it rests at a water plant east of […]

  • Honoring Sitting Bull

    Sitting Bull is a familiar name to North Dakotans, having played a significant role in North Dakota history.  His name struck fear in the hearts of white settlers, but members of the Standing Rock Reservation remember him quite differently – as an inspirational leader and a fearless warrior. On this date in 2013, it was […]

  • Gifts Given To Soldiers

    An outpouring of patriotism and good will accompanied North Dakota’s soldiers as they left on trains to fight in World War One.     In communities across the state, townspeople gave banquets, speeches, band concerts, and farewell receptions for their departing soldiers.     Flags, flowers, songs and oratory showed each draftee that he had the support […]

  • Hill 609

    The 34th Infantry Division was an Army National Guard unit that participated in both World War I and II.  The troops were from North and South Dakota, as well as Minnesota and Iowa.  Known as the Red Bull Division, the unit continues to serve today. The first peacetime draft was enacted in September, 1940.  The […]