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  • Kirk Post Office in Bowman County

    Like hundreds of other communities that came and went in early Dakota, the outpost of Kirk, North Dakota, began with a post office. On this date in 1911, a farm post office was established for Kirk, about twenty-two miles southwest of Rhame. Kirk was named after a local rancher in Bowman County. Samuel Goldhirsch was […]

  • Traffic Accidents in the 1930s

        One of the new hazards on today’s highways involves distracted drivers who don’t pay sufficient attention to the vital task of driving a powerful automobile.  Talking or texting on cell phones endangers other motorists, pedestrians, passengers – and the drivers themselves. Back in the 1930s, people also had traffic-safety concerns. The biggest problem […]

  • Anthrax Epizootic

    Anthrax occurs worldwide, and a few anthrax cases are reported among livestock in North Dakota almost every year.  The organism exists in the soil as a spore.   Animals, domestic or wild, become infected by grazing on contaminated land or eating contaminated feed. Anthrax in humans is associated with exposure to infected animals or contaminated animal […]

  • Coal Crisis

    In 1919, coal operators came to an agreement with the Coal Miners of America.  The agreement included pay increases and assurances that coal would be weighed accurately.  The miners said they would never again dig three tons of coal for the price of two.  But when the contract expired in 1922, operators were determined to […]

  • Bringing Co. B Home

    Welcoming troops home from an overseas war is not new to the citizens of North Dakota. Our National Guard men and women have served with distinction around the world. Sometimes getting them back home took some extra effort as well as the financial resources of North Dakota citizens.   In 1898 The 1st North Dakota […]

  • A Windrow in the Road

    On this date 20 years ago, the management of the Falkirk coal mine decided they needed better roads. Unfortunately, the road improvement project led to the death of an employee. Things began smoothly enough. The mine hired a contractor to haul in sand and gravel. They instructed the contractor to dump the 27 tons of […]

  • “Come Hell and High Water” Documentary ~ Chef Rosey on Potatoes

    Thursday, August 17 – Last November we heard about an ambitious project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 flood in Ada, Minnesota. Ada-Borup band director Richard Tuttle had commissioned Karl Swenson, a talented 14-year-old from Kindred to compose the music for the project. They join us with an update, and are happy to […]

  • First to Leave

    While newspapers across the state heralded the announcement that American soldiers were now poised to enter the war, they also carried grim reminders that North Dakotans who had joined the Canadian Armed Forces early on were already fighting and dying in the trenches in France. For the most part, the units of the North Dakota […]

  • Wednesday, August 16 – After a year of giving out monthly grants of $1,000, we get an update on the Awesome Foundation and the Cass Clay chapter from Brandi Malarky.  We’ll hear about interesting efforts they’ve funded, how people anywhere can apply for grants, and how you can start an Awesome Foundation in your community. […]

  • Telegraph Strike

    On this date in 1907, the country faced a communication crisis.  The telegraphers working for Western Union and for the Postal Telegraph Company had gone out on strike.  Since 1900, telegraphers had worked to organize.  In 1903, several of those organizations came together to form the Commercial Telegraphers Union of America.  There were approximately 8,000 […]

  • Poet Twinkle Zaman ~ Adoption Revolution

    Tuesday, August 15 – Life stages often get lumped into a ten-year spread. Your eighties, fifties, twenties. Twinkle Zaman is a twentysomething. She spends a lot of time thinking and writing about what that means. In fact, Twentysomething is the name of her latest poetry book. She reflects on love and friendships, and being in that phase of life where you’re not […]

  • Labor Shortage

    War news from Europe was somewhat grim in August of 1917, as the mobilization of troops in the United States was rapidly approaching.  French initiatives in the Alsace- Loraine region, at first meeting with some success, were now being repulsed by German advances.  Many sections of the line were deteriorating into trench warfare.   At […]

  • Bocas de Ceniza

    It may seem strange that an art piece exhibiting the struggle of Colombians was first shown in North Dakota, but in the summer of 2005 this was the case. The people of Colombia live a life that many of us could not imagine. A brutal civil war between guerilla forces and the military has ravaged […]

  • Julien Monnet, North Dakota Tennis Champion, 1904

    Summer for some includes tennis.  The ‘thwwwwack’ of a racket has echoed in North Dakota since the mid-1880s, when ‘lawn tennis’ infiltrated the region. Grand Forks organized its tennis club in 1885, and by the first decade of the 1900s North Dakota had established state championships for individuals and doubles. On this date, in 1904, […]

  • The North Dakota Children’s Home Society

    In the late 1800s, the New York Children’s Aid Society routinely rounded up homeless children and sent them west on trains that came to be known as the orphan trains.  The children were usually placed with farmers.  Sometimes they found good homes where they were loved, but sometimes they were considered free labor and subject […]

  • Empire Builder Train Wreck

        The worst rail disaster in North Dakota history happened at 7:20 p.m. on this date in 1945 in the town of Michigan, about 50 miles west of Grand Forks. Two Empire Builder trains were traveling west as a pair. The first section contained the Pullman sleeper cars and the second carried coach cars. […]

  • The Atomic Bomb Project

    Americans live in the dark shadow of nuclear weapons; developed during World War II for fear that Nazi Germany might get atomic bombs first.  The idea of unleashing subatomic forces came from famous nuclear physicists, including Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi. When the U.S. decided to split uranium atoms and make bombs to win the […]

  • Papelpu’s Odyssey

    When Alexander Papelpu obtained his homestead patent in Stark County on June 26, 1914 his future looked bright and promising.  Having received his citizenship only six months before, he now decided it was time to return to his home country of Russia.  Here he would take care of some business affairs and wed his sweetheart […]

  • Hobo Baseball Game

    In 1897 it seems that bums and hobos might have been known for more than just hopping trains and sleeping under bridges, at least in Grand Forks! On this date in 1897, the Grand Forks Daily Herald reported that a group of hobos took on the local Grand Forks baseball team, stating “a unique game […]

  • Rodeo Champ Duane Howard

    Duane Howard was born in Devils Lake on this date in 1933. He married his childhood sweetheart, Orpha Hanson in 1956. They made their home on the Howard Ranch in Minnewaukan until the rising waters of Devils Lake forced the couple to relocate to Sheyenne, North Dakota. Howard was an all-around cowboy, competing at the […]