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  • Portable Lungs

    The polio virus attacks nerves in the spinal cord, causing paralysis. Of crucial importance was the diaphragm, a muscle above the stomach that controls the lungs, which don’t have their own muscles. As the diaphragm moves up, it pushes air out, and when it moves down, air is sucked inward. If the polio virus attacks […]

  • What the Birdman Saw

    When tractors were first introduced in the beginning of the twentieth century, farmers regarded them with healthy skepticism, but acceptance grew with the labor shortage of World War I. By 1915 there were 25,000 tractors on American farms. By 1920 that number had grown ten-fold, to 250,000. And by 1930, the number reached a million. […]

  • Hale-ing a Mother’s Advice

    The 2001-2002 season was a rough one for the UND hockey team. It was the first time since 1994 that they played a losing season, and the first time in five years that they did not make the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s final five tournament. Many factors played into this, such as a large number […]

  • The Lewis and Clark Bridge

    The Missouri River was a formidable obstacle to travel in North Dakota. Travelers were thrilled when the situation was resolved. On this date in 1916, traffic in the Williston area saw a most welcome improvement. The Grand Forks Herald announced that both the old and the new channels of the Missouri River had been crossed […]

  • German Nationals

    At the beginning of the war, German nationals in the US without citizenship were monitored.  In North Dakota there wasn’t any wide-spread mistreatment, but US District Attorney Melvin Hildreth, of Fargo, advised German nationals to “obey the law and keep your mouth shut.” Facing harsh censorship, some German newspapers elected to cease publication. However, the […]

  • The Baking Powder War

    On this date in 1899, the Oakes Republican ran an advertisement for Calumet Baking Powder, touting it as “the only high quality baking powder at a moderate price.”  But from the 1880s to the 1920s, there was a vicious feud between two different schools of thought in the baking powder business.  The established manufacturers utilized […]

  • Little Leeds

    A stretch of U.S. Highway Two in North Dakota has a string of towns with English names. York, Norwich, Surrey and Leeds.   Leeds, dates back to 1886. The Great Northern Railroad founded the town at the site of a community previously known as Barker.  It’s about 30 miles northwest of Devils Lake. On this date […]

  • Goodrich, Clark and Dudley

    Quite some distance from North Dakota’s two least-populated counties of Slope and Billings is Sheridan County, the state’s third-least populous county. Sheridan is at the very center of the state, home to the centermost city of McClusky, which is also the county seat. In east is Goodrich, born along the railroad, but with a story […]

  • A Ruckus in Pasco

    The soldiers of the First North Dakota Volunteer Infantry had acquitted themselves well in the Spanish American War and the Philippine American War in 1898-1899.  At that time, it was considered unconstitutional to utilize the National Guard outside the United States.  North Dakotans resigned from the Guard so they could enlist in the Volunteers.  Nine […]

  • Magic of State Highway 36

    For adventure in North Dakota, sometimes you have to look a little harder. State Highway Thirty-Six is a good place to start. The east-west roadway runs for about ninety miles between Wilton and Pingree in central North Dakota.  There’s plenty to see and do along the roadway, especially since Robinson, North Dakota has claimed the […]

  • 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 […]