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  • Williamsport

    Every few years it seems another story appears in national headlines announcing the bleak prospects for rural North Dakota.   For example, a 2001 Newsweek article waxed poetically about the inevitable death of Bisbee.  “Even a strong man can stand for only so long,” author Dirk Johnson wrote.   In a more recent National Geographic article, Charles […]

  • Whiskey Forward

    North Dakota entered the United States as a prohibition state. That made it difficult, but not impossible to imbibe. In 1920, when the United States also passed legislation making it illegal to manufacture and sell alcohol, more reports of rum-running and busted stills filled the news. On this date in 1920, almost a full year […]

  • Capitol Window Christmas Tree

    After a fire destroyed North Dakota’s first capitol building on December 28, 1930, a new Capitol was constructed. Completed in 1934, it was a dramatic departure from the style of the old building. Very tall and solitary, the Capitol towered over the burgeoning city of Bismarck, standing 241 feet, 8 inches high. Being built during […]

  • Glad Tidings Mission

    Christmas is a time of giving, and few can be more in need than those homeless and hungry in the harsh reality of a North Dakota winter.  That is as true today as it was one hundred years ago on this date when the Glad Tiding Mission prepared to feed over 45 homeless men on […]

  • Christmas Eve Calamity

    Dr. E. F. Ladd was among the first faculty hired by the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in Fargo.  He was the first Dean of Chemistry.  He became well known throughout the state as a crusader for purity in consumer products.  He analyzed canned goods in his laboratory.  He frequently discovered […]

  • Golden Goose

    Once upon a time a farmer and his wife had a goose that laid one golden egg every day. To hasten their wealth, the farmer and his wife killed the goose to obtain all of the golden eggs at once, but there were no golden eggs inside. So, according to Aesop, to kill and butcher […]

  • Quilting Bees and Quilting Parties

    A quilt is more than a blanket.  A quilt is more than just a bed-cover.  An old quilt has family history inside and beauty and practicality outside. Quilt-making has been traditional in North Dakota since territorial days and continues today through quilt guilds, including the North Star Quilters of Grand Forks; the Minot Prairie Quilters; […]

  • Grandin Brothers Bonanza Farmland Sold

    The Grandin Farm was the biggest Bonanza farm in North Dakota’s history. At 72,000 acres, it was so large that it ran like a factory, with hired workers and managers tackling 1,500-acre subdivisions. Located near Mayville and also near the town of Grandin in Cass County, Grandin Farms began in the aftermath of the terrible […]

  • Wild and Free

    America’s wild horses are descendants of animals that escaped from the Spaniards.  They were known as mustangs, and they changed the lives of Great Plains Indians, who soon became known as formidable horse warriors. As motorized vehicles and farm equipment became more widely used, the horse began to lose its usefulness.  Many farmers and ranchers […]

  • Lincoln’s Bodyguards

    Assuming office during a tumultuous period in American history, the personal security of President Abraham Lincoln was a constant concern of his friends and supporters.   Lincoln‘s secretary, John Nicolay wrote, “From the very beginning of his presidency, Mr. Lincoln had been constantly subject to the threats of his enemies… His mail was infested with […]

  • North Dakota’s Oil Boom

    World events affecting oil prices can have quite an impact on North Dakota’s oil industry. On this date in 1979, Libya joined four other OPEC nations in raising the price of oil.  That act had political, social, and economic consequences that continue to be felt today.  In 1979, the United States was largely dependent on […]

  • Capitol Custodian

    North Dakota government is staffed with various public officials created by constitutional or legislative processes, and these positions are normally filled by appointment, by election or by personal application, with selection made through a supervising committee. Seldom does the Legislature create a position and actually name the individual to assume it.   The Board of […]

  • Hirschville, North Dakota

    In the late 1800s, Casper Hirsch immigrated to the United States with his family.  They were among the Germans from Hungary who came seeking better lives.  After spending some time in New York State, Hirsch was attracted to the West by the promise of owning land.  He brought his family to North Dakota between 1900 […]

  • The Majestic Sky

    On this date in 1719, the Northern Lights were first reported in North America. Also called the aurora borealis, they are named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for the north wind. Galileo named the phenomenon in 1619. The sweeping waves of color across the night sky are caused […]

  • Sheriff Moody Killed

    Law enforcement is and always has been a dangerous occupation. Everyday our police and other law enforcement officials put their life on the line. On this date in 1911, Sheriff George F. Moody of Wahpeton became another name in a long list of officers killed in the line of duty. Jake Steffes, was renting the […]

  • Corn Husking Bees

    North Dakota has gained renown as a wheat-growing state, but corn acreage has been growing this past century. Farmers who migrated to Dakota from the east knew corn cultivation and brought those skills to their new fields. Among the traditions they brought was the husking bee. Husking was needed because corn-ears were encased in husks […]

  • Fort Pembina

    Long after the Dakota Uprising, citizens of Minnesota were afraid of Indian attacks.  The Minnesota Legislature petitioned Congress for protection against incursions by the Sioux.  On this date in 1869, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock recommended the establishment of a fort at Pembina in the Dakota Territory, located only two miles south of the Canadian […]

  • My Life on the Plains

    On this date in 1873, George Custer celebrated his thirty-third birthday at Fort Lincoln with his wife Libbie.  He occupied his time writing his memoirs.  Much of the material had been published in The Galaxy magazine, but Custer wanted to put it in book form.  Custer knew some of his actions were controversial, and he […]

  • Gripsholm Ship

    “There’s no place like home,” was a line made famous by Dorothy in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Four years later, there were 1,500 people who could relate to that line, but they didn’t get home with red slippers. They were aboard the Gripsholm Ship.   For two years, the passengers had been […]

  • Dakota the Dinosaur

    North Dakota is no stranger to dinosaurs.  The state has a fascination with them.  Fourteen dinosaurs are on display at the Dickinson Dinosaur Museum, including a 37 foot tyrannosaurus rex.  In June, 2014, “Discover the Dinosaurs” presented an exhibit of animated dinosaurs at the Bismarck Civic Center. It proved to be very popular.  The Hell […]