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  • War Gardens

    When America entered World War I, it was not prepared.  President Wilson’s program of providing aid, but still remaining neutral, had inspired a complacent atmosphere.  The Declaration of War changed that.  It was a time when most farmers still relied on horses, and the expected five-fold increase in agricultural production meant longer hours and better […]

  • Derby Night at the Ballpark

    In 1933, newsman Myron Scott of Dayton, Ohio noticed a group of boys racing their homemade cars.  It immediately caught his attention.  He copyrighted the name “Soap Box Derby” and went looking for a company to sponsor a national program.  Chevrolet agreed and the Soap Box Derby was born. The event was a wild success. […]

  • Island Park Swimming Pool in Fargo, 1939

    If a person knows how to swim, then nothing says “summertime” better than plunging into the water for a refreshing dive on a sweltering-hot day.     Historically, one of the best places for swimming in Fargo has been the city swimming pool on the west side of Island Park – the oldest park in town. […]

  • Early Weather Forecasting on the Prairie

    The weather is a continual companion, with its whims and follies, highs and lows, bitterness and warmth. And for many of us, our daily routine begins with a check of the forecast. However, a good forecast was not always easy to come by. During much of human history, storms and droughts were seen through the […]

  • Bar Sinister

    On this date in 1920, it was reported in the Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon that a North Dakota appeals court had removed the “bar sinister,” a discriminatory law affecting illegitimate children.  The term “bar sinister” comes from medieval heraldry.  “Sinister” is Latin for “left.”  It simply indicates a direction, and does not carry the […]

  • Disability Rights and Parenthood ~ Western Meadowlark ~ Bismarck Tea Shop Expands to West Fargo

    Wednesday, June 21 – Two Wheelchairs and a Baby is a story featuring the efforts of a disabled couple from Minnesota to have a child. It comes to us courtesy of the Death, Sex, and Money podcast from WNYC Studios in collaboration with Cosmopolitan.com.  ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota with Chuck Lura we […]

  • Red Cross

    On this date in 1917, the final total for selective service registration was announced. There were 64,124 North Dakota citizens registered. They also registered eighty-eight friendly aliens and six hundred and five enemy aliens, basically German nationals. Although it was twelve thousand short of projected, this did not include the four thousand men who had […]

  • Rutland’s Whopping Patty

    Thirty-five years ago, the people of Rutland, North Dakota were enjoying the weather, feeling the summer breeze, and gearing up to celebrate 1982, the 100th year after their ancestors settled the town. To observe this significant anniversary in style, they decided they would try to grill the world’s largest hamburger. They chose this whopper of […]

  • Cattle Market Slump

    As the United States entered World War II, North Dakota ranchers were busy supplying beef to the armed forces.  At the same time, they tried to keep meat on the tables of American families.  It was an enormous task.  But on this date in 1943, ranchers ran into a major obstacle when five packing plants […]

  • Grand Forks Storm

    Grand Forks witnessed one of the worst storms in the history of North Dakota on this date in 1887. The storm came quickly as two weather systems collided over the city. Shortly after 3:00pm, rain and hail began to fall and winds increased to 70 miles per hour. A half-hour later, the city was in […]

  • Notes from Ft. Buford

    Construction began on Fort Buford on this date in 1866; where the Missouri meets the Yellowstone River near Williston. Fort Buford served as a military post until 1881, when Sitting Bull surrendered to the fort’s military officials. Soldiers had to provide much of their own food, whether by gardening, fishing or hunting. A lack of […]

  • Duane Traynor

    On this date in 1942, a 39-year-old German named George Dasch called the FBI to set up an appointment to talk to J. Edgar Hoover. The night before, a German submarine had put Dasch and three others ashore on Long Island, where they buried their uniforms and explosives. Four others came ashore at Jacksonville, FL; […]

  • Richard Baron and the German Pilot

    On or around this date in 1944, Richard Baron from Mandan found himself having a drink with the enemy – a pilot in the German Air Force. One week before, on June 6, 1944, Baron, a P-47 fighter pilot with the Eighth Air Force, was supporting the D-Day Landings in Normandy.  One evening, about a […]

  • Bread Historian William Rubel ~ Conservation on the Northern Plains

    Monday, June 12 – Bread is everywhere. How much do you really think about how it came to be? Main Street’s Ashley Thornberg recently attended a symposium on bread and learned about its storied past from bread historian William Rubel. ~~~ Anthony J. Amato, associate professor of social science at Southwest Minnesota State University has […]

  • Exemptions and Townley

    On this date in 1917, draft registration was over and North Dakota fell slightly short of its goal; but with many already enlisted, Registration Day was deemed a success.  Most registrants did not seek exemptions, however, there were some North Dakotans who came up with original excuses.  First there was the man engaged to a […]

  • Lee A. Christoferson

    Neurosurgery is a medical specialty that focuses on surgical treatments for neurological disorders. The first recorded neurosurgical procedure was trepanning, which involved drilling a hole in the top of the skull to drain evil spirits. This crude procedure was the only form of neurosurgery until the 19th century, when scientists began to experiment with removing […]

  • State School of Forestry

    The immigrants who flooded into this region in the late 1800s found abundant fertile plains and a large variety of plant and animal life. But, as most North Dakotans know, there were very few trees. Settlers soon realized the danger of winter blizzards and the problem of precious topsoil being stripped from newly plowed fields. […]

  • Nelson County

    The first Norwegian who settled in the State of North Dakota was N. E. Nelson. He was appointed as Customs Collector in Pembina in 1869, and he became the first homesteader in the state.  Nelson became the namesake of Nelson County, which was founded this week in 1883. The Territorial Legislature approved the establishment of […]

  • Hope

    On this date in 1918, the Hope Pioneer announced that Hope was the logical choice for the new county seat of Steele County.  The headline on the front page blared “Hope for County Seat: Why Not?”  The article listed reasons in favor of Hope.  It was true that the railroad did not go through Hope, […]

  • Rural Leadership North Dakota ~ Bakken Recovery ~ “No Back Seat Driver” ~ Where Have the Insects Gone

    Monday, June 5 – The eighth season of Rural Leadership North Dakota will soon get started.  It’s an 18-month program for men and women dedicated to strengthening the agriculture  community. Joining us are program director Marie Hvidsten, and participant Dan Janes. Sign-up deadline for the coming session is June 30. ~~~ The oil industry is […]