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  • Flocking to Fargo

    Masonry has a long history in the Dakotas.  The first known Mason to visit the Dakotas was Meriwether Lewis, and several Mason lodges were issued charters prior to statehood.  The first of those lodges was founded in Fargo in 1874.  In 1875, five lodges banded together to form The Grand Lodge of Dakota.  In 1889, […]

  • The Master Showman

    P.T. Barnum served as mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and two terms as a state legislator.  He founded a hospital and brought gas lighting to the streets of Bridgeport.  But he is best known as a showman.  On this date in 1835, Barnum began his showmanship career when he put an elderly woman on exhibit.  Barnum […]

  • North Dakota’s Blue Laws

    Blue laws are state or local laws that prohibit commercial activity on Sundays.  It is difficult to trace the origin of the term.  In his 1781 book A General History of Connecticut, The Reverend Samuel Peters described what he called “blue laws.”  Peters stated that early decrees restricting Sunday sales were called “blue laws” by […]

  • Blowed Away

    North Dakotans are familiar with the danger posed by tornados.  The state ranks nineteenth in the number of tornados and twenty-sixth in the number of deaths.  June and July are the primary months for tornadoes.  The earliest in North Dakota was March 26, 2006 and the latest was November 1, 2000. On this date in […]

  • Red Scare at the College

    Charges of Communist activity at North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo surfaced in the spring of 1935.  In an address to the Fargo Kiwanis Club, attorney Eli Weston accused groups at the school of demonstrating “all the earmarks and resemblances of communism.”  He said a recent local strike was controlled by communists, and faculty members […]

  • The Last Man

    In May, 1865, one hundred fifty thousand Union soldiers passed in review following the Civil War.  After the Washington, D.C. parade, most of them mustered out, returning to civilian life.  But they were not about to forget their service, or their fallen comrades.  They formed the Grand Army of the Republic, known as the “G.A.R.” […]

  • Norma Egstrom

    Today is the birthday of Norma Egstrom, who was the seventh of eight children born into a Jamestown Scandinavian family in 1920. Her father worked for the Midland Continental Railroad. She had a good voice and excelled in choir, so after graduating from Wimbledon High School in 1938, she headed for California; she had only […]

  • Memorial Day in Jamestown

    Originally, Memorial Day was a known as Decoration Day, a day that the graves of those who died on the battlefields of the War of the Rebellion were decorated with flowers.  In 1882, in Jamestown, there were no soldiers’ graves to decorate.  Dakota Territory was far away from the bloodied battlefields where thousands of Union […]

  • Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory

    Today’s story has its roots—so to speak—in the subtropics that covered most of North Dakota 60-million years ago.  It was the Paleocene Epoch, during which time palm trees, redwood trees, sycamores, magnolia and bald cypress trees provided habitat for turtles, crocodiles, champsosaurs, alligators and many other exotic animals.   Fast-forward to modern-day North Dakota. For […]

  • Minot Zoo

    In 1920, the Minot Parks Board was laboring to establish tourism and park services throughout Minot. The effort was paying off, as the Ward County Independent boasted that “Minot, although a city of less than 15,000 people, is well in the lead in the state on account of the size and beautify of the park […]

  • A Self-made Man

    The namesake of Fargo, North Dakota was born on this date in 1818 in Pompey, New York.  William Fargo quit school at the age of thirteen, working as a store clerk, a mail carrier, and a baker.  In 1844, he helped establish the nation’s first express mail service. In 1850, three such firms consolidated to […]

  • Captain David Mott, POW

    Today is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, who was born in 1890. Trained in the Soviet Union, he rose to become the communist ruler of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today also marks the anniversary of the day in 1972 that Captain David Mott became a prisoner of war in Ho Chi Minh’s […]

  • North Dakota Invention

    In May of 1930, F. A. Maser, proprietor the Glen Ullin Pharmacy, placed an ad in the local newspaper stating that he had received a limited number of new cameras and rolls of film from Kodak, and that he would be giving these cameras away to any lucky girls or boys who turned twelve in […]

  • Living Hall of Fame

    In September of 1920, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War, a veterans advocacy and assistance group still in existence today, was officially organized in the United States. Local chapters formed quickly throughout the country. By this date in 1922, Bismarck had joined the ranks. The Bismarck chapter chose their officers and set their […]

  • Young’s Scouts

    One month after the Spanish-American War began, American troops sailed from San Francisco to battle the Spanish at their Pacific stronghold, the Philippines. Most of the Regular Army was fighting in Cuba or Puerto Rico, so three-fourths of the 10,000 men who went to the Philippines were members of volunteer state militias – the National […]

  • Dry Needling

    Needling someone can be annoying, offensive, and mean. But therapeutic? Well it turns out it can be, if done drily. On May 13th 2013, the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy voted to extend the scope of practice for North Dakota physical therapists to include dry needling. Such a thing may sound scary or painful, […]

  • Oil Boom Jobs

    The history of oil in North Dakota can best be described as episodic.  From the early 1900s to more recent times, the search for oil has added an exciting chapter in the history of the state.  The early homesteaders, drilling wells in search of water, found trace evidence of oil or natural gas, giving rise […]

  • Levingston or Rockefeller

    It was on this date in 1906 that William Levingston died at the age of 96. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Illinois, where he had lived out his life with Margaret, his wife of 50 years. William, a descendent of German immigrants, grew up in New York State. At 24, he was […]

  • Grafton, North Dakota

    The first two settlers in the Grafton area arrived in 1878.  A few more arrived over the course of the year.  Thomas Cooper settled there in 1879 and is credited with building the first permanent structure, and being the father of the town. The nearest post office was quite a distance, making it difficult in […]

  • Prison Riot

    The North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck has housed some of the State’s toughest criminals since it was opened in 1885, and in its first seventy years, the atmosphere at the prison had been taut, but controlled with only minor disturbances.   At 10:00 AM on this date in 1957, approximately fifty to sixty prisoners […]