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  • Moving Robe Woman

    On this date 129 years ago, Custer and the 7th Cavalry were one day away from their fate at the Little Big Horn River. Among the warriors who fought the following day was Tashna Mani or Moving Robe Woman. The following is an abridged version of her account of what happened: “Several of us young […]

  • Grimm Alfalfa

    Wendelin Grimm emigrated from Germany in 1857, and he settled on a farm in Carver County, Minnesota.  It was impossible to imagine then the important impact he would have on American agriculture.  That impact began with a prized possession he brought with him to America – a bag of seed for a hardy strain of […]

  • John Elgin Elsberry

    John Elgin Elsberry was an early dairy pioneer who lived in the Minot area for many years. He and his wife had moved to North Dakota in 1901; they came from Missouri, with two daughters. A son was born during their first winter in the state.   Elsberry was a businessman. He eventually owned and […]

  • Charles Glidden

    In 1904, Charles J. Glidden, a retired, wealthy telephone businessman and automobile enthusiast, took part in an automobile run from New York to St. Louis, sponsored by the American Automobile Association. Wishing such tours to become an annual event, Glidden donated a $2,000 silver trophy. In doing so, he became a part of automobile history. […]

  • Senator Gerald P. Nye

    North Dakota has become a leading energy state in recent years because of Bakken petroleum, however, lignite coal has long been a vital resource for the state. Lignite is mainly used for making electricity, but it can also be used for heating and cooking. At Beulah, lignite has been converted into natural gas at the […]

  • The War Isn’t Over Yet

    World War II ended in Europe with the surrender of Germany in May, 1945.  By June of that year, it was clear that Japan could not hold out much longer.  U.S. vice admiral Daniel Barbey hinted that an invasion of Japan would not wait until the end of the typhoon season.  He said, “It will […]

  • Fortunate Revival

    A Minto, North Dakota boy experienced a very close call on this day in 1908.  The five-year-old boy, Dominick Ronkowski, was fished from the family’s cistern after being submersed for over five minutes.  Miraculously, the boy was revived by a doctor and emerged unharmed from the incident.  It all began when Mrs. Ronkowski sent her […]

  • Where Valor Sleeps

    Arlington National Cemetery is considered America’s most hallowed ground.  It is located on land that was once belonged to George Custis, adopted son of George Washington.  Custis built a house where he kept many of Washington’s prized possessions.  He left the property to his daughter.  When she married a promising young West Point graduate named […]

  • 188th Field Artillery

    The 188th Field Artillery Regiment was organized in Valley City in 1940.  It was soon split into two groups: the 188th Field Artillery Battalion and the 957th Field Artillery Battalion. On June 11 and 13, 1944, both units entered Normandy, France as part of the D-Day offensive that began a week earlier. When the war […]

  • Ben Corbin

    Ben Corbin (1835-1912) was known as the “champion wolf hunter of the Northwest.”     Others called him “Ben, the Boss Wolf Hunter.” Some referred to him as a “wolf charmer,” but there was nothing charming  or disarming about how Ben Corbin sought to exterminate all wolves in North Dakota or how he relentlessly pursued wolves. […]

  • The Salk Vaccine

    Polio has plagued mankind through much of known history.  An Egyptian carving from 1400 BCE depicts a man with a withered leg.  Some scientists believe this is an early portrayal of a polio victim.  Polio was a relatively uncommon disease through the 1800s.  A theory proposes that before then, children were exposed to low levels […]

  • Anson Northrup

    On this date in 1859, Anson Northrup’s steamboat arrived at Fort Garry, in present-day Manitoba, and residents celebrated with both thanksgiving and gunpowder. It was the first time a boat had successfully navigated the Red River, and commerce there would be changed forever. In the book “The Challenge of the Prairie,” Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “No […]

  • Antiquities Act

    In the early 1900s, there was a growing concern about protecting prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts.  These were primarily located in the west.  Private collectors were removing artifacts at an alarming rate.  John F. Lacey, Iowa Congressman and chair of the House Committee on Public Lands, traveled to the southwest in 1902 to see the […]

  • First Train to Bismarck

    In 1853, the army completed a survey to assess the possibility of running a railroad across what was to become North Dakota.  The results showed that there was no serious obstacle.  Congress chartered the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1864, giving it a land grant of 50 million acres.  The railroad enlisted Philadelphia banker Jay Cooke […]

  • Flocking to Fargo

    Masonry has a long history in the Dakotas.  The first known Mason to visit the Dakotas was Meriwether Lewis, and several Mason lodges were issued charters prior to statehood.  The first of those lodges was founded in Fargo in 1874.  In 1875, five lodges banded together to form The Grand Lodge of Dakota.  In 1889, […]

  • The Master Showman

    P.T. Barnum served as mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and two terms as a state legislator.  He founded a hospital and brought gas lighting to the streets of Bridgeport.  But he is best known as a showman.  On this date in 1835, Barnum began his showmanship career when he put an elderly woman on exhibit.  Barnum […]

  • North Dakota’s Blue Laws

    Blue laws are state or local laws that prohibit commercial activity on Sundays.  It is difficult to trace the origin of the term.  In his 1781 book A General History of Connecticut, The Reverend Samuel Peters described what he called “blue laws.”  Peters stated that early decrees restricting Sunday sales were called “blue laws” by […]

  • Blowed Away

    North Dakotans are familiar with the danger posed by tornados.  The state ranks nineteenth in the number of tornados and twenty-sixth in the number of deaths.  June and July are the primary months for tornadoes.  The earliest in North Dakota was March 26, 2006 and the latest was November 1, 2000. On this date in […]

  • Red Scare at the College

    Charges of Communist activity at North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo surfaced in the spring of 1935.  In an address to the Fargo Kiwanis Club, attorney Eli Weston accused groups at the school of demonstrating “all the earmarks and resemblances of communism.”  He said a recent local strike was controlled by communists, and faculty members […]

  • 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.” […]