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  • Executive Order

    In 1864, the Northern Pacific railroad was first chartered, and granted land extending out 40 miles each way from the proposed route. But this encroached upon the territory of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes. Rather rerouting the railroad, Northern Pacific drew up a resolution requesting a reduction in reservation lands. Dan Huston, the commanding […]

  • Four Bears Bridge

    If you’ve ever been around the Fort Berthold Reservation, you may have driven across the Four Bear Bridge, although you were probably not aware of its long and rich history.  It began with the Mandan, Hidasta, and Arikara tribes. Since the 15th century they lived in the river bottomland. When the Fort Berthold Indian reservation […]

  • McIntosh County Historical Society

    On this date in 1967, the McIntosh County Historical Society was formed.  The first ten years were difficult as the founders struggled to gain broad membership. But the tide turned in 1977 when the county received a grant of $143,000 to construct a Heritage Center. The land was donated by the heirs of two original […]

  • Calmer Times

    Early in September of 1917, as the units of the North Dakota National Guard awaited orders, the Fargo Forum published an editorial cautioning the citizens of North Dakota that now was the time to address the feelings toward friends and neighbors who were German immigrants.  It stated that, “… they were now enjoying a moment […]

  • The Passing of a Pioneer

    On this date in 1908, the Bottineau Courant announced that Ole Vinje had died. Ole was one of the interesting early immigrants from Europe who came to Dakota Territory. He was born in Norway in 1858. He grew up in Snaasen where he lived with his parents and four brothers. After his father died in […]

  • Beavers As Pests, 1916

    The most important animal in North America in the 1700s was not the mighty grizzly-bear, nor was it the stampeding buffalo.  Instead, the most-important animal in colonial America was the lowly beaver.   Beaver pelts were profitably used to make felt hats in Europe, and fur companies sent out Native Americans to trap beavers, and […]

  • Thanksgiving 1917

    Today is Thanksgiving.  On this date in 1917, the people of North Dakota were planning for the first major holiday with many loved ones away, awaiting transportation to the battlefields of Europe.  Although it was a more subdued and solemn occasion than past Thanksgivings, with most of North Dakota’s servicemen still stateside, it was not […]

  • Women’s Rest Room in Bismarck

    In 1920 on this date, women of the Bismarck area were “doing their part,” as the Bismarck Tribune requested, to advertise a new women’s rest room. A restroom can be many things, but this one was a little bit more. The space was supposed to be a place for women to relax and to get […]

  • Grain Rustling

      When people think of rustling in North Dakota, they usually think of cattle. That crime has a long history in the state, although it is not entirely in the past. As recently as May 2017, a man was charged with stealing four head of cattle. And cattle aren’t the only target. A crime much […]

  • Mural Artist Belle Baranceanu

    On this date in 1912, 10-year-old Belle Goldschlager was preparing for a recital in Williston’s Library Auditorium. Belle was born in Chicago in 1902; but grew up on her grandparent’s farm, outside Williston. Belle showed a love for music, dance, and drawing, passions she would eventually pursue further by attending the Minneapolis School of Art, […]

  • The Oriental Limited

    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Northern Pacific’s company charter in 1864, making it the second continental railroad. The goal was to connect the Great Lakes with the Pacific Ocean.  It was an engineering challenge. Track laying began at the Colombia River in March of 1871 and progressed through remote territory. It was a slow process, […]

  • Cold Case

    Nothing can be more frustrating for a police department than a cold case. Here in North Dakota, there have been three incidents of unsolved cases involving missing people since 1989. Two of those who disappeared are Sandra Jacobson and her son John. On this date in 1996, Sandra and five-year-old John were driving to her […]

  • The Fighting Chaplain

    When the North Dakota Second Regiment was organized for the Great War in the early summer of 1917, they found a champion in the form of Herbert G. Markley of Hamilton, North Dakota.  Gov. Lynn Frazier appointed Markley as the Chaplain for the Smashing Second on July 5th.  Known as the “Fighting Chaplain,” he made […]

  • Nye and the Isolationists

    On this date in 1925, a 33-year-old newspaper editor from Cooperstown began a 20 year career in the U.S. Senate. He had never held office before, but his strong convictions helped shape the nation’s attitude about war. Gerald Nye moved to North Dakota in 1915 and became publisher of the Billings County Pioneer, and then […]

  • Help for Veterans 1919

    Returning soldiers face challenges when they leave the service. This has long been a concern. In 1776, the Continental Congress authorized pensions for disabled veterans, and in 1827 a hospital called the Naval Asylum was the first effort to provide continuing medical care. President Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, called upon the nation to […]

  • Initiative and Referendum Bring More Democracy to ND

    One issue in a democracy is the balance of power between elected leaders and the citizenry.  Shortly after the year 1900, a movement arose in North Dakota to establish a process of initiative and referendum, a method allowing voters to make laws themselves, rather than depending upon politicians and lobbyists.  The key to initiative and […]

  • Keeping Busy

    With the war raging in Europe, there was plenty to do for North Dakotan’s in the fall of 1917.  School programs of both an academic and patriotic nature proliferated. There were bake sales to support the YMCA, a newly created fund-raising effort, and sewing circles for the Red Cross.  The Red Cross enlisted women in […]

  • Headbolt Heaters

    Today we bring you a story of a man who made life in winter a whole lot easier. Andrew Freeman was born in 1909 and grew up in Upham, North Dakota. In 1932, he graduated from UND with a degree in electrical engineering and went on to become widely known as the visionary who managed […]

  • Good Friends and Lutefisk

    If anyone visits North Dakota, it becomes apparent that many of the communities have a strong focus on church life. One shining example are church suppers, held every year, usually in the fall. On this date in 1947, the town of Hannaford held a supper sponsored by the Ladies Aid organization. Admission was 40 cents […]

  • It Seems Unfair

    On this date in 1914, most news took a back seat to election results as North Dakota newspapers were full of articles about the vote held the day before. The Washburn Leader reported that two more states had voted for prohibition, bringing the total of dry states to thirteen. The Pioneer Express of Pembina announced […]