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  • Jennifer Grosz

    Jennifer Grosz was born May 5, 1973, in Bismarck, North Dakota. For the first few years of her life she lived many places, including Ansbach, Germany, Kentucky, and Dickinson before finally moving back to Bismarck where she attended school until she was 13.  At that age, she suffered a tragic accident that left her disabled. […]

  • Swell Letters

    With the troops now gone, those remaining in North Dakota took on the challenge of dealing with many concerns.  Winter was fast approaching and a coal shortage was becoming critical.  While the Great Lakes were still open for shipping, coal was slow in reaching the docks, and the demand was great across the Northern Plains. […]

  • Robert F. Schulte

    In the military, combat arms are the units that work on the ground, such as the infantry or artillery. One tactic employed by strategists is called combined arms. The idea of this tactic is to attack using differing units in such a way that the opposing forces, in defending against one of the attacks, becomes […]

  • A cowboy ghost story in Bowman

    It’s Halloween, a date to remember the eerie, spooky, or unexplainable. One such story was recalled by James M. Foley in 1915.  Around 1889, just before North Dakota became a state, Foley was visiting one of A. C. Huidekoper’s horse ranches with its manager, George Woodman.  This section of land was eight miles from the […]

  • The Introduction of the “Nickel Trophy” for UND and NDSU, 1937

    The rivalry between UND and NDSU for football preeminence in North Dakota began long ago, in 1894.  At first, UND and NDSU merely contended for bragging rights, but a new element arose after 40 years of gridiron competition.  It was on this date in 1937 that UND hosted NDSU in for homecoming, with the winner […]

  • The Suckers Are Not All Dead

    Warnings about scams are common today. No sooner does one scheme become ineffective than a new one pops up. Today people are much less likely to fall for an email from a Nigerian prince offering millions of dollars, but they still might click on a bogus link to update their information with their bank, giving […]

  • Walter Sharbo and the German Jet

    On this date in 1923, Walter Sharbo was born in Williston.  He became a fighter pilot during World War 2, flying a P-47 Thunderbolt.  Walter served with the famous 56th Fighter Group, also known as Zemke’s Wolf Pack, so-named for Commander Hubert Zemke.  Zemke’s Wolf Pack was part of the 8th Air Force and flew […]

  • St. Alexius Health

    On this date in 1937, Sister Boniface Timmins was laid to rest. Sister Boniface had served as the Superior of St. Alexius Hospital for 42 years, nurturing the hospital as it grew. She took charge of the institution in 1892. Under her leadership, it went from a simple medical facility to a prestigious modern operation, […]

  • Birth of the 164th

    The Second Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard had been quickly assembled with volunteers having little or no military experience.  Most of the officers had not seen any extensive military service since receiving commissions during the Philippine Insurrection, so it was difficult to obtain approval from the Federal Government.  Many hurdles had to be […]

  • Protectionism and the Farmer

    On this date in 1914, the Pioneer Express of Pembina, North Dakota reported that livestock imports from Canada had increased substantially over the first nine months of the year. In January, just over 1,000 cattle had been imported. This number grew to over 7,000 in September. The number of imported hogs also grew, from just […]

  • The Bismarck Capitol steps as a Skating Rink

    After the original capitol building in Bismarck burned down in a fire on December 30, 1930, the current Capitol, the “Skyscraper of the Prairie,” was planned and built. Constructed during the Great Depression, many of the original plans for extra decoration were reduced or even eliminated. For example, a fifty-foot statue intended for the entry […]

  • North Dakota Black Contingent

    By the first week of October in 1917, all of the North Dakota National Guard and approximately forty-five percent of those who were drafted had left the state for Camp Dodge, Iowa or Camp Greene, North Carolina.  A third segment of the conscripted men had yet to receive their date of departure.  Citizens and non-citizens, […]

  • Memories of Brinsmade

    In the early 1880s, many settlers who considered land prices in the Red River Valley to be unreasonably high pushed farther west where the land was free. One such seeker was John L. Solberg, who selected some land near Devils Lake. He’s credited with being the earliest homesteader in what would become Normania township. He […]

  • Underappreciated and Under Fire

    On this date in 1918, the Hope Pioneer reported on the meeting of the Woman’s National Council of Defense in Sherbrooke. The Council was an American organization formed during World War I. The purpose of the group was to support the war effort by coordinating resources, promoting financial support for the war, and supporting public […]

  • A Splendid Talk

    Annie Kenney came to the attention of the British press in 1905. That was the year she and Christabel Pankhurst were arrested after they heckled Sir Edward Grey at a Liberal rally in Manchester. They insisted that he respond to their demands for women’s suffrage. The two women were credited with initiating a new phase […]

  • The Tale of Eugene Butler

    Here is a true North Dakotan horror story for Friday the 13th: Eugene Butler moved to Niagara, North Dakota in 1880, arriving from New York state. He bought a three-quarter section of land and farmed it well, becoming successful and building a good home for himself. While he had friends, he mostly kept to himself. […]

  • Clarence Borley, Too Young to Die

    Clarence lay in his life raft and knew he was going to die. He was only 20 years old. Clarence Borley was born in Williston in 1925.  By the time he was 17, the nation was embroiled in the Second World War.  By the spring of 1942, Clarence signed up for the Navy Aviation Program, […]

  • North Dakota UCC

    In 1957, the Evangelical and Reformed Church and Congregational Christian Churches came together to form what is now known as the United Church of Christ or UCC. This branch of Christianity sought to not only be united, but uniting, and today welcomes people of many backgrounds and ethnicities. They believe that while the scripture is […]

  • Nonpartisan League

    Within a few years of its organization, the Nonpartisan League was overwhelming North Dakota’s political landscape by the time war was declared in 1917.   It quickly denounced the US entry into the war, stating it was a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.  It found a sympathetic ear among the rural population of […]

  • Our State Wealth

    On this date in 1902, the Courier Democrat of Langdon, North Dakota reported on the state’s remarkable progress over the span of ten years.  The commissioner of Agriculture and Labor released statistics that showed North Dakota was making great strides in many different areas.  These statistics were not as accurate as the commissioner would have […]