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  • Governor Walter Maddock

    It was on this day in 1928 that North Dakota’s fourteenth governor, Arthur G. Sorlie passed away while in office.  Taking up the reigns of government was Lieutenant Governor Walter J. Maddock, sworn in shortly following Governor Sorlie’s death. The Sorlie/Maddock governorships occurred in the middle of perhaps the greatest political war in North Dakota […]

  • Constitution Composition

    After forty-five days, North Dakota had its Constitution, but where did it come from?  According to Clement Lounsberry, the delegates had access to the constitutions and charters of other states.  These documents had been compiled over a period of one hundred years and were valuable in providing features that had stood the test of time […]

  • Lights in the Sky

    North Dakota has a close connection to UFO sightings.  In 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold, a North Dakota native, made the first official UFO report, saying he spotted a string of nine, shiny  objects flying past Mount Rainier in Washington State. The very next year, a Fargo pilot reported a sighting.  The Air Force investigated, […]

  • The Wild West Comes to Fargo

    Buffalo Bill Cody, one of America’s first national celebrities, was as well known in his day as any movie star is today.  Cody was initially famous as a buffalo hunter, Army scout, and frontier fighter.  Ned Buntline wrote a series of dime novels loosely based on Cody’s life.  A play written about Buffalo Bill was […]

  • Dry State

    When Benjamin Harrison signed legislation turning Dakota Territory into the states of North and South Dakota on November 2, 1889, both entered the union as dry states. With both states populated by characters of the Wild West, and with saloons, bars, brawls, and debauchery commonplace, the prohibition against alcohol was certainly a bone of contention. […]

  • Sine Die

    In the waning days of the convention, the last of the major concerns were addressed.  Suffrage was partially adopted, with women voting in school-related elections only.  The Australian ballot issue, which involved printed ballots and private voting, was sidestepped when E. A. Williams provided a substitute clause that required the legislature to pass legislation ensuring […]

  • N.D. Teen Queen

    Every girl’s a princess—or at least, so said Frances Hodgson Burnett in her book, “A little princess.”  But not every girl gets the chance to get crowned.   In 1968, Nelson County supported four girls, Cathy Kinneberg, Lyla Frederikson and Miss Sandra Ternquist, all from the town of Petersburg, as well as Sharon Haas, of […]

  • A Picnic in Oak Grove

    On this date in 1887, the Continental Hose Company sponsored a picnic in Oak Grove in Fargo.  The Daily Argus reported that the event was very well attended.  It was a mixed group.  The Company counted Slavs, Germans, Scandinavians, English, and others as friends.  The crowd was very amiable.  The different groups mixed together without […]

  • Remember the Ladies

    In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, urging him to “remember the ladies” when writing the laws of the new United States.  Her words went unheeded.  Women would have to wait for over one hundred years before achieving universal suffrage.  The territory of Wyoming opened the door when it passed women’s suffrage in […]

  • Out of Money

    August 15, 1889 marked the forty-third day of the Constitutional Convention, and great strides had been made in cementing a constitution for the State of North Dakota.  Congress had appropriated twenty thousand dollars to cover the expenditures of the convention, but with expenses running over six hundred dollars per day, there was only enough money […]

  • Henry Suto

    On this date in 1945, President Truman announced on national radio the unconditional surrender of Japan.  His message, signaling the end of World War II, was met with wild jubilation across the country.  But for one former North Dakotan, the news was bittersweet.   Henry Eiichi Suto was born in February of 1928 in Minot, […]

  • Governor George Shafer

    Four men associated with Mandan have served as North Dakota governor.  George Shafer was born there in 1888.  He graduated from Williston High School in 1908, and went on to become the valedictorian of his class at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  He then returned to Mandan and opened a law office. […]

  • Paul Fjelde

    The son of a well-known Norwegian sculptor, Paul Fjelde (Fell-dee) was born on this date, August 12, 1892.  In 1887 Paul’s father, Jacob Fjelde, had moved the family to Minnesota.  Opening one of the first studios in Minneapolis, his father enjoyed a brief but highly successful career in the city.  Following Jacob’s death in 1896, […]

  • The Long Lake Monster

    It was about midnight on this date in 1883 when Joe Baker made his way home.  He had to pass by Long Lake, and thought nothing of it despite tales of romance and tragedy on the shores of the lake told by the Dakota. Joe was deep in thought as he crossed the railroad bridge.  […]

  • Lightning

    Lightning is a weather phenomenon that has been fascinating humankind for ages. This movement of electrical charges, on its own, has no temperature — it is the resistance to the movement that causes heat in the materials lightning passes through. Lightning can heat the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit – about five times hotter than […]

  • Espionage Trials

    It is an American tradition on a summer evening to grill a sausage or two, put it on a bun, and enjoy it with all the fixings. However in 1917, it was not a frankfurter with sauerkraut, but a hotdog with liberty cabbage. It was WWI, the U.S. was at war, and the enemy was […]

  • A Few Fast Men

    It wasn’t certain that the Grand Forks Stars baseball team was going to finish the season.  The management was having difficulties and the team was struggling.  The Stars officially disbanded, but the season was saved when the team was reorganized, as announced in the Grand Forks Herald on this date in 1915.  The new team […]

  • Joint Commission

    For thirty-eight years North and South Dakota were joined at the hip, but they were never really a unified territory. Even from the very beginning there had been a difference in ideology and a sense of regionalism.  Although they developed two separate social and economic systems, they jointly accumulated a heavy debt and thousands of […]

  • The Old Town Pump

    Today the tentacles of the rural water pipelines are reaching out to more remote areas to ensure a supply of drinking and domestic water. For most urban dwellers, drinking water from the tap is taken for granted but that was not always the case. For many towns and cities there was a domestic supply of […]

  • Cigar Factory in Valley City

    On this date in 1912, W. H. Schien became manager of a new business he established in Valley City—a cigar factory.   The cigar business seemed to be booming, and Schien’s cigars were selling in various parts of the state. However, he saw Valley City as a place of promise and moved his family there. […]