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  • Watch the growth of Williston

    In 1915, Williston was a town to watch. Established in 1887 as a station along the Great Northern Railroad tracks, WIlliston was named for Daniel WIllis James, a stockholder of the line and friend of James J. Hill.  Williston became a city in 1904. Just over a decade later, the city was undergoing a multitude […]

  • Christmas Creatures

    An interesting Christmas tradition of the Germans from Russia is recounted in the book Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota. Authors Kas and Ida Greff wrote, “As early as two weeks before Christmas the Belznickl would gather his chains, rattling and roaring at the window just to be sure we wouldn’t forget he was coming. Now […]

  • Wolves in the Valley

    The gray wolf is one of nature’s most majestic hunters. Weighing up to 175 pounds, it will prey on a variety of species … rabbits, beavers, deer, even bison and elk. Gray wolves will usually travel in packs of 2 to 15. This allows them to take down the larger prey. They are found in […]

  • Crossing the Red River at Drayton By Ferryboat or By Bridge, 1910

    There was a time when there were no bridges over the Red River of the North.  In those days, wintertime crossings were made over the ice.  Summertime travelers had to ford the Red by wading through a shallow stretch, or rowing a boat, or taking a ferry. There were quite a number of ferries back […]

  • Alkabo, N.D.

    Far away in North Dakota’s extreme northwest corner is the town of Alkabo. The state’s northwestern-most town has never been very big, though it was built along the Soo Line Railroad. On this date in 1913, its post office opened, with more development to come, but it would later wither away. Alkabo’s name was inspired […]

  • Murder and Lynching

    It was about four o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1913, that about 60 men smashed in the doors of the Williston jail, overpowered the sheriff and dragged Cleve Culbertson from his cell. It had begun two months earlier when a man calling himself Maurice (not Cleve) Culbertson showed up in Ray asking […]

  • Hello and Goodbye, Governors

    The gubernatorial transition in North Dakota historically took place on the first Wednesday in January, but voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1987 that favored today’s date of December 15th. Still, not all North Dakota governors came and went on the appointed day. Frank Briggs died in office in August of 1898, Arthur Sorlie died […]

  • Nye Tells the Future

    On this date in 1944, Senator Gerald Nye made news by marrying Arda Marguerite Johnson in Iowa Falls. It had been less than a year since Nye’s first wife divorced him. Nye was a Cooperstown newspaper editor when he began his 20-year U.S. Senate career in 1925 when he was 33 … a Republican endorsed […]

  • Liquor Laden Autos

    On January 17, 1920, the United States went dry as the manufacture and sale of intoxicating alcohol was banned.  1,500 Federal law enforcement officers were tasked with enforcement.  The force was not nearly big enough.  In 1922, the head of the Prohibition Commission declared a crisis in the federal enforcement efforts.  Commissioner Haynes said he […]

  • Butch, Sundance and Walness

    On this date in 1913, a Grand Forks story reported on the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch passing through town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 and began a […]

  • Fort Totten State Historic Site

    Fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Fort Totten State Historic site is one of the best preserved military posts from the Indian Wars west of the Mississippi River.  It was one of a series of posts established in the 1860s […]

  • Buying Lots in Watford

    Before it was even built, advertisers were proclaiming Watford, North Dakota, as the latest, greatest town in McKenzie County. A modern boom town today, it had its start as a terminus on the Great Northern Railway, sitting at the center of the state’s largest county. Around this time in 1913, local economic developers were working […]

  • Frank Bernard in Pearl Harbor

    For many young people growing up in North Dakota during the 1920s and the 1930s, there was little opportunity to find decent jobs.  Farms were falling to the mortgage man as drought made it difficult to scrape out even a marginal living from the land.  Those who could afford to, went to college to learn […]

  • Movie Excitement in Bismarck

    The Soledad Brothers were three prison inmates nicknamed for their prison, the Soledad State Prison in California. In 1970, they were accused of killing guard John Vincent Mills. The trio, who weren’t really brothers, included George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Cluchette. They were accused of killing Mills in retaliation for the killing of three […]

  • Too Much Horseplay

    William Ross loved horses. For his whole life he was a horse trader and handler. Unfortunately, his love of horses grew so big that he became a successful horse thief. That is, until July of 1905. Ross was employed by Thomas Walsh, a farmer in his 60s who lived outside of Willow City, North Dakota. […]

  • The Mysteries of Making Lutefisk Revealed, 1912

    There is a powerful Norwegian-American heritage in North Dakota.  In fact, N.D. has been recognized as the most “Norwegian” state in the U.S., having, in 1990,  29.6 percent of its population identifying as “primarily or secondarily Norwegian.” Along with this proud heritage comes lutefisk, the target of much derision.  Lutefisk, as defined by historian Art […]

  • The Buttercup

    This date in 1932 would have been just about ideal for enjoying the inaugural harvest of the new Buttercup Squash developed by the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo.  The Buttercup was the result of work done by horticulturist Albert F. Yeager, chemist T. H. Hooper, and Constance Leeby and Esther Letzke of the Home […]

  • Clyfford Still’s Birthday

    On this date in 1904, painter Clyfford Still was born in Grandin, North Dakota.  Mr. Still is one of the founders of Abstract Expressionism. He and his art influenced contemporaries like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman. After leaving North Dakota, Still spent his early life on farms Washington and Canada. Life on the […]

  • Omega Tower a Danger to Birds

    The United States Navy approved activation of a Very Low Frequency Navy facility at LaMoure, North Dakota, in 1968.  The new facility was needed when the one in Annapolis, Maryland was decommissioned.  The purpose of the tower was to provide the equipment and support for the Defense Communications System.  The Omega radio navigations system was […]

  • Editor Edgar Hull Lost In a Prairie Snowstorm, 1908

    Today’s story is about fear and snowstorms and perilous travel over the prairies in November 1908.     There was a man named Edgar A. Hull who lived in Burleigh County, 32 miles east of Bismarck, near Driscoll.  Mr. Hull and his wife, Florence, lived on a farm with their six children.  Besides farming, Hull published […]