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  • The Hunt

    When the settlers first arrived in Dakota Territory they found an abundance of wildlife which would supplement their diets and it played a significant part in their ability to survive those first years. Dakota Territory lay in the Central Flyway for thousands of geese who made their way from the southern coast of Louisiana to […]

  • Democratic Caucus

    By the time the 1889 Territorial Legislature had passed its 30th day, the harmony that existed in the first weeks of the session had basically vanished. Statehood was within reach, and most people had hoped the Legislature would do nothing other than set the stage for the constitutional conventions, but instead, over four hundred bills […]

  • Dakota’s Missing Governor

    History books chronicling the names of the Governors of Dakota Territory list ten governors from 1861, when Dakota Territory was created, up to 1889, when North and South Dakota went their separate ways as states, but on this date in 1887, none of those ten individuals on the list were sitting in the Governor’s chair. […]

  • Long Way to North Dakota

    In 1912, Englishman Jack Judge became famous when his song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” flew from the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge, Cheshire, England, where he performed it, to the trenches of the first world war. It was adopted by the soldiers of Great Britain as their battle song and was heard across the […]

  • Pulver Mounds

    It was this date in 1989 that the Falkirk Mining Company donated a bit of land high on a bluff overlooking a small lake in McLean County to the state of North Dakota. At first glance there isn’t anything special about the place. Absent a nice view, it seems just like any other part of […]

  • Selective Service Act

    In May of 1917, as the First World War rolled on across the seas, Congress established the Selective Service Act, and consequently, the selective service system, in order to administer a selective draft for all male citizens between the ages of 21 to 30. In 1918 the age range was expanded to 18 to 45. […]

  • The USS Gurke

    On this date in 1976, the USS Gurke was decommissioned as a warship after nearly thirty years of service in the United States Navy. The USS Gurke was a US Navy Destroyer, christened and launched in 1945. It boasted five-inch deck guns and anti-submarine weapons. With a crew of 280 the destroyer was 391 feet […]

  • William Skjerven Sr.

    William Skjerven Sr., also called Bill, was a locally celebrated inventor in Walsh County. He was born on a farm in Fertile Township, Walsh County, and moved into Park River in 1916. He repaired cars and motorcycles in various garages until he opened his own garage in 1927. During World War II, he converted his […]

  • Radio Gift

    On this date in 1950, students at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, now NDSU, were enjoying a very special gift received from Fargo Radio Station WDAY…”twenty-five thousand dollars worth of outmoded radio broadcasting equipment.”   WDAY gave the equipment to the Department of Electrical Engineering to use for instruction. It came about with […]

  • Session Dilemma

    Having completed a third of their allotted time of sixty days, the Territorial Legislature was keeping a keen eye on the United States Congress. The legislature was in a very difficult position. The lawmakers had a territorial government to run, and money had to be appropriated to fund it, possibly for the next two years […]

  • Band Uniforms

    In Meredith Wilson’s musical The Music Man, flim-flam man extraordinaire, Professor Harold Hill, not only sells a small town in Iowa on the idea of a boy’s marching band, but also the uniforms to go with it…complete with the stripe up the side of the leg. Oh, there’s nothing quite like a band–even though the […]

  • Korean War

    The Korean War broke out along the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, just a few years after the end of World War II. As the United States cast a wary eye over the oncoming conflict, soldiers were once again drafted and recruited to fight against the perceived threats.   In January of 1951, National […]

  • Kidnapped Klutz

    A kidnapping report that had put the city of Fargo into a frenzy was retracted on this day in 1928. On January 19, eighteen-year old Esther Monson was found lying unconscious on a sidewalk in downtown Fargo. The Bottineau girl was rushed to St. John’s Hospital, where she was resuscitated by doctors. Upon examination, the […]

  • Institutions

    In 1889, with the Territorial Legislature in its fourteenth day, thoughts of impending statehood were on the minds of most of the legislators, but little in the way of statehood legislation had actually surfaced. A bill to authorize another Constitutional Convention at Huron was introduced, which was needed to amend the Constitution already submitted by […]

  • Oak Trees

    John Keats once said of oak trees: Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir. The oak, great and old, stands longer than the lives of men, contented to its lot in life. It is a tree often referred to in […]

  • 1889 Session Begins

    The Territorial Legislature met on Tuesday, January 8, 1889, for the beginning of what was hopefully the last session as a territory. On the first day, the Republicans in the House called a caucus to select their leaders and map out their strategy, while their Democratic counterpart decided against it. Edwin McNeil from Cass County […]

  • Bristol Co. Fire

    The city of Fargo suffered a devastating fire on this day in 1907. The fire broke out in the basement of the Bristol-Sweet Harness Company at 117 Broadway and caused over $100,000 in damages. The harness company sold and produced leather harnesses, sweat pads, and collars in their downtown factory and salesroom. Fortunately, the full […]

  • Countdown to Statehood with Dakota Datebook

    North Dakota will celebrate 125 years of statehood on November 2, 2014, and Prairie Public is joining the festivities with special “Countdown to Statehood” essays from historian Jim Davis and Dakota Datebook. Click the links below to learn about North Dakota and its storied history, and stay tuned for new stories every week! Dakota Datebook […]

  • Otto Chenoweth

    Otto Chenoweth was born to a wealthy Massachusetts family, but the lure of the Wild West brought him to Wyoming in the 1880s, where he found friendship among cattle rustlers and horse thieves.   After committing numerous robberies in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, in 1901 Otto was arrested in southwest North Dakota with a […]

  • Blooming with Life

    When thinking of North Dakota, you don’t think of the sunny southern hemisphere, or of oceans or mountains, for obvious reasons. However, through funds collected by the Mountrail county’s 4-H and Homemakers groups, several young men from that region were able to travel abroad and make connections to such places. Each chosen delegate served as […]