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  • 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 […]

  • Corwin Hansch

    Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship models, or “QSAR” models, are ways of analyzing data used in biology, chemistry, and engineering. It first sums up the relationship between a molecule’s chemical structure and biological activity, then it uses that information to make predictions about chemical reactions and help analyze biological effects. For instance, if a new drug had […]

  • Buxton

    Budd Reeve first platted the land for what would become Buxton, North Dakota in 1880, about halfway between Grand Forks and Fargo. At the time, the only sign of life there was a Norwegian family on a sod shanty homestead. Reeve acquired the land by trading Minneapolis property to James J. Hill. Reeve became the […]

  • National Guard Units Leave

    For the units of the North Dakota National Guard, the days in camp took on the feel of a summer bivouac more than a preparation for war.  Soldiers received furloughs to return home and help with farm work or just to visit families and sweethearts.  Since the officers and men had known each other for […]

  • LCMC

    People have always found different ways of relating to the Earth around them. That’s why, around the world, there are hundreds of religions. However, even within these religions, different denominations are formed, such as Catholicism and Lutheranism. And within those denominations, still more variations arise. One such subgroup is the Lutheran Congregations in Missions for […]

  • Stern and the Holocaust

    On this date in 1943, German Nazis ordered the arrest and deportation of all Jews in Denmark, but thousands escaped by sea to Sweden, and the Nazis found only 284 of an estimated 7,000 Jews in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, in Valley City, North Dakota, a clothing salesman had already saved more than 100 Jews from the […]

  • Lending a Helping Hand

    Sheep farming has a long history in North Dakota.  The January 1st, 1891 issue of the Jamestown Weekly Alert reported on several farmers who were adding sheep to their livestock.  The newspaper felt that sheep farming had a future in the state, saying “anyone who does not believe that sheep farming will pay in North […]

  • Civilian Casualty on the Home Front

    On this date in 1917, the Second Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard prepared to leave for Camp Greene, North Carolina.  Among them was Joseph Jordan, a Sioux of the Standing Rock Reservation, who had enlisted in Company I, Second Infantry of the guard on July 22 that same year.  He was anxious about […]

  • Lance Koenig

    It was September 22 when Lance Koenig was driving near Tikrit, an Iraqi city about 100 miles north of Baghdad. He pulled over to inspect a suspicious roadside object, only to discover too late that it was a roadside bomb. It exploded, making him the third member of the 141st Combat Engineer Battalion to be […]

  • The Florence Crittenton Home

    Florence Crittenton was the daughter of prominent New York businessman John Crittenton.  Florence died of scarlet fever in 1882 when she was only four years old.  Her father was heartbroken.  Looking for meaning in life, he began attending prayer meetings.  At one such gathering he met evangelist Smith Allen, who invited Crittenton to tour the […]

  • The First Printing Press on the Prairie

    On this date in 1639, the first printing press was set up in the American colonies. Brought to Cambridge, Massachusetts from England by the Rev. Joseph Glover, a Puritan Minister, the press was transported to the fledging colony to become a part of a new college that would soon be known as Harvard. Printing presses […]