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  • Copper Coin Relic

    The city names Bismarck and Mandan naturally go together, like ‘peaches and cream,’ like “summer and baseball,’ or like ‘Lewis and Clark.’  Geographically, Bismarck and Mandan are sister cities, located on either side of the Missouri River. Despite the proximity, they stand as rivals, in football, baseball, and sundry sports. The two cities also compete […]

  • Rattlers

    Rattlesnake season is upon us – anyway for those of us who live west of the Missouri River. Rattlers will need a full meal every 10 days until the weather reaches the 80s and 90s; then they only need to eat only once every three weeks. During the fall, they’ll increase their meals to once […]

  • Air Combat Command

    The Cold War left many marks in North Dakota, from its Air Force stations near Fortuna and Finley to the giant concrete radar pyramid at Nekoma. Most of these structures are now abandoned or converted for other uses. But the Minot Air Force Base is still the headquarters for the 5th Bomb Wing, an element […]

  • Belhammer Saves Child

    Gordon Keeney was aboard the steamboat Dakota when he witnessed a dramatic rescue. Seventy-six years later, Keeney’s written account was published in the Fargo Forum. In 1874, the Dakota was steaming north down the Red River loaded with passengers. Because of the crowding below, Keeney wrapped himself in his buffalo robe and spent his time […]

  • Mad Dog

    Until 1885, anyone infected with rabies was not expected to survive.  That year, two scientists, Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux, developed the first vaccine for rabies.  They used it on Joseph Meister, a nine-year-old boy bitten by a rabid dog.  Meister lived another 55 years, and was the first person known to survive rabies. Rabies […]

  • Missing in Action

    In March, 1941, Captain Frank O. Anders of Fargo shipped out to the Philippines on the U.S.S. Grant.  In one of history’s interesting coincidences, Anders sailed in the very same vessel that brought his father home from the Philippines after the Spanish American War in 1899. The younger Anders went to the Philippines to train […]

  • Valley City Rail History

    In 1909, the Northern Pacific Railway built a new “high line” about a mile north of Valley City. This new line made it possible to overcome the steep grades of the valley, allowing trains to keep better time. However, the high line was also about a mile north of the city, bypassing the convenient, downtown […]

  • Stew Bass, Avenger Pilot

    Stewart Bass was born on this date in 1921 in Stevensville,  Montana.  He joined the Navy in 1941 and ended up flying the Grumman Avenger. Although the Avenger was designated a torpedo bomber, most of the time it carried conventional bombs. While training in Florida, Stew was seriously injured in a plane crash that put […]

  • McLeod’s One-Room School House

    In 1986, People magazine did a story titled, “Lowest Paid Teacher in America.” Janice Herbranson taught kindergarten through sixth grade at the one-room school in McLeod, North Dakota. Her salary was only $6,800 a year. At the time, there were 14 one-room schoolhouses still operating in the state, and McLeod’s was closing its doors. Of […]

  • Sherbrooke’s Decline

    Sherbrooke, North Dakota is a shadow of its former self. Once the county seat for Steele County, it’s now a ghost town surrounded by farmland. Once a thriving farming community, the old townsite is now home to several abandoned structures, slowly being reclaimed by nature. Settlers came to Sherbrooke in 1881 after the village and […]

  • The Empire Builder

    The Great Northern Railroad was the dream of James J. Hill, a man known as the “Empire Builder.”  Hill considered the Great Northern his greatest achievement.  When he retired he said, “Most men who have really lived have had, in some shape, their great adventure.  This railroad is mine.” Hill did not plan on becoming […]

  • Bismarck Best Seller

    There was big news in Bismarck on this date in 1972.  Authors George F. Bird and E. J. Taylor announced that their book about Bismarck was a best seller, at least in North Dakota.  “History of the City of Bismarck, North Dakota: The First Hundred Years” was selling out, with over half of the first […]

  • Revival of the “Audi” Auditorium in Cando

    Few things can offer better excitement for a youngster in small-town North Dakota than a trip to the movie theatre for the latest in cinema extravagance. This wondrous feeling still exists in Cando thanks to the Municipal Auditorium, more commonly known to townspeople as “The Audi.” It was on this date in 1915, that the […]

  • No Medals for Scouts

    The First North Dakota Volunteer Infantry played a crucial role in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War that followed.  Eighteen out of twenty-five members of the unit known as Young’s Scouts came from North Dakota.  While virtually unknown today, the Scouts were hailed as heroes in their day.  They won fame for their absolute […]

  • Garrison Dam Deaths

    Over two miles long, the Garrison Dam is one of the largest rolled earth dams on the planet. It’s construction brought degrees of misery for many of those involved. The Three Affiliated Tribes lost the rich Missouri river bottomland of the Fort Berthold Reservation. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people had cultivated these lands for […]

  • The World War One Film “Over There” Played At the Royal Theater in Grand Forks, 1918

    World War One was the bloodiest war in human history prior to World War Two.  64 million people served in the war, and about nine million soldiers died. The United States entered World War One in 1917 as President Woodrow Wilson called on Americans to “make the world safe for Democracy.”  Mobilization for the war […]

  • Pershing Carlson

    On this date 71 years ago, Air Force B-17 bombers landed at Barth, Germany to evacuate English and American prisoners of war.  One of these prisoners was Pershing Carlson from Minot. Carlson had joined the service in 1942 and became a glider pilot, flying the Waco glider, a craft of light metal, wood and canvas […]

  • A Long Awaited Party

    May 17 commemorates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814.  Syttende Mai is a big holiday in Norway.  Every town has a celebration.  In the capitol of Oslo, a children’s parade ends at Castle Square where the Norwegian royal family greets the participants.  It is a holiday not just in Norway, but wherever there are […]

  • Zip to Zap

    Today is the anniversary of the only official riot in state history. In the spring of 1969, NDSU student body president, Chuck Stroup, couldn’t afford to go to Florida for spring break. So, he came up with a cheap alternative – a gathering near his hometown of Hazen called “Zip to Zap.” He took the […]

  • A Warning to License Cars

    The first automobile in North Dakota appeared on the streets of Grand Forks in 1897, having wandered across the Red River from Minnesota. But the first car actually owned by a citizen of North Dakota wasn’t recorded until 1900.  By 1902, cars were becoming more common.  Many people drove two-seaters that sold for $250.  Banker […]