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  • Anders and Bassanella Bros

    Today marks anniversaries in the lives of two North Dakota men who were complete opposites. One was the winner of the Medal of Honor, and the other was a cold-blooded killer. Today is the birthday of Frank Anders, who was born in 1875 at Ft. McKeen near Mandan, where his father was stationed. After his [...]

  • Dust Storms

    Seventy-seven years ago today, the first of the great dust storms of the 1930s hit North Dakota. Homesteaders had been systematically plowing up the native grasslands to plant wheat — in fact, it was a condition of homesteading to break the land for planting — and by the 1930s, not much root structure was left [...]

  • Takako Konishi Urban Myth

    Two years ago, this week, a Japanese woman was discovered dead after a mysterious cross-state sojourn that many believed was her search for the lost treasure depicted in the Coen brothers’ movie, FARGO. Takako Konishi was first noticed by a trucker who spotted the petite 28 year-old wandering near a landfill on the outskirts of [...]

  • Reineke/WDAY Radio

    On this date in 1943, Earl Charles Reineke married Jane Marie Early. He was a broadcaster, and she was a dancer and professional model. Before his death, Reineke established a foundation to establish an educational or scientific memorial in Fargo, and when she died, half of Mrs. Reineke’s estate was added to the foundation. Their [...]

  • Nye and the Isolationists

    On this day in 1925, a 33 year-old newspaper editor from Cooperstown began a 20 year career in the U.S. Senate. He had never held office before, but this man’s strong convictions helped shape a nation-wide attitude toward World War II. Gerald Nye moved to North Dakota in 1915 when he was 23 years old [...]

  • Major Reno

    Today is the birthday of an important figure in the Battle of the Little Bighorn; he survived the battle but unfortunately lived out the remainder of his life in a swirl of controversy. Marcus Reno was born in 1834 and started his military career as West Point graduate. After serving in the Civil War, he [...]

  • News Around the State

    On this day in 1894, Fessenden was getting itchy to take over the Wells County seat, which they’d taken away from Sykeston 10 days earlier. Sykeston lost the election fair and square, but things weren’t moving fast enough for some; so a number of Fessenden residents took 20 wagons to Sykeston and forcibly took possession [...]

  • Fargo Forum

    On this date in 1879, the first issue of the Daily Argus was sold on the streets of Fargo. Exactly 12 years later – to the day – the first issue of the Fargo Forum was published. The interesting thing is that they were both founded by the same man, who was, by turns, a [...]

  • Trainwrecks

    In November, 1911, trains were making history in North Dakota, but it wasn’t for good reasons. On November 17th, at McKenzie, nobody realized a switch wasn’t closed all the way because of compacted snow. When a westbound Northern Pacific train came through, the partially open switch caused some of the cars — while remaining connected [...]

  • Billy Sunday

    “I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll [...]

  • Lewis and Clark Move In

    On this date in 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition moved into their winter camp on the upper Missouri River, 14 miles west of where Washburn now stands. One of President Jefferson’s missions was to make contact with Native American tribes along the way, and to tell the Knife River Indians, in particular, that “their [...]

  • Chuchumbe

    Tonight, there will be a group performing in Jamestown that’s been described as “very scandalous due to its suggestive steps and verses.” The time of this description was 1776, and the dance was called El Chuchumbe, which arrived in Mexico via a boatload of Cubans. The Cuban immigrants were of ‘color quebrado’ – mixed bloods [...]

  • JFK/Roosevelt

    On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Less than two months earlier, he had been at UND to receive an honorary Doctorate of Law degree. In 1958, Kennedy, then a Senator, visited Dickinson to honor the 100th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s birth. In his speech, Kennedy recalled that TR, then 28, [...]

  • Turkey Show

    On this weekend in 1937, Towner held its fifth annual turkey show. Exhibitors from Velva, Drake, Granville, Denbigh, Bantry, Upham, Balfour, Eckman and Towner contributed to the largest entry of live birds in the show’s history. The Mouse River Farmers Press reported, “Two kinds of turkey (were) served at the turkey banquet. Gobble turkey for [...]

  • Remington Goes Hunting: part 2

    Yesterday we talked about a hunting trip taken by the great western artist, Frederic Remington, in the late 1890s. Remington was new to hunting and was having a few misadventures. After several days of hunting prairie chickens near Valley City, the hunting party was moving north to Devil’s Lake. Remington wrote, “We were driven some [...]

  • Norval Baptie

    In the 1890s, World Champion speed skater, John Johnson, raced a young teenager in Bathgate, North Dakota. Afterwards, Johnson told a Minneapolis reporter, “He’s the fastest fellow on a small rink that I’ve ever seen… he’s got such marvelous control that he could skate in a wash tub. His name is Norval Baptie. Keep the [...]

  • Thanksgiving

    On the 350th anniversary of the original Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth Rock, the Massachusetts Department of Commerce wanted to hire a speaker for the celebration. Frank (Wamsutta) James, a Native American elder and activist, was chosen. Unfortunately, when the committee heard the speech he intended to give, they turned it down. “Today is a time [...]

  • Flett and Remington

    On this date in 1912, a Fargo newspaper article read: MURDERER SENTENCED FOR LIFE IS PARDONED. North Dakotas were outraged when a Casselton native was granted parole despite having been convicted of what was considered one of the most cold-blooded killings in the state’s history. More than 20 years earlier, Joe Remington, who had grown [...]

  • Shoot ‘em Up

    Charlie Cosgrove was born in Australia in 1861. When he was 21, he and his brother, Bill, moved to Dickinson to try ranching, and Charlie later described some of those early days: “The Hash-Knife out from Texas was in here… Their cattle, between three and four thousand head, had a hash-knife brand… In ‘86, the [...]

  • UND Hockey at the White House

    Three years ago today, eight members of the UND hockey team and their coach visited President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. The Sioux had won their 7th NCAA National Championship, and Senator Dorgan said, “It seems to me that it is major league, at least in my heart, when UND wins a Division I National [...]