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  • Fourth of July

    With many of North Dakota’s young men and women already serving on the battlefields in Europe, the 4th of July in 1917 promised to be a day of commemoration and consecration.   For some, it was difficult to call it a day of celebration, but unlike Memorial Day, with the somber reflection that death may await […]

  • Dr. Henry Windell and His True Love

    Today’s story is one of true love – a love story that unfolded near Bowbells, Kenmare, and in Minot. It begins in Bowbells in 1903.  That June, an epidemic struck the town.  A man got severely ill from typhoid fever, caused by Salmonella typhosa, a fearfully infectious bacteria in contaminated food or water. This was […]

  • Bismarck Indian School Closure

    For thirty years, Bismarck, North Dakota was home one of 30 non-reservation boarding schools for native students in the US. The Bismarck Indian School was established in 1907 between the Missouri River and the city’s Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. Students largely came from the Fort Berthold Reservation, but also Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain, and […]

  • Shootout in Minot

    On this date in 1922, the Ward County Independent reported quite a bit of excitement about a shooting in Minot.  A policeman was wounded and the shooter was killed. Mrs. L.G. Middleton, age 19, and her sister Nellie Sprague, age 21, had gone to a traveling carnival.  There they met carnival workers Arthur Poole and […]

  • The St. John’s Bible ~ National Monument Designation ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Dakota Day Trips

    Wednesday, June 28 – The St. John’s Bible exhibit will be coming to the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County in the fall. The Bible is a work of art by a team of artists and scholars in Wales and Central Minnesota using ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination. Ashley visited with calligrapher Anne […]

  • War Gardens

    When America entered World War I, it was not prepared.  President Wilson’s program of providing aid, but still remaining neutral, had inspired a complacent atmosphere.  The Declaration of War changed that.  It was a time when most farmers still relied on horses, and the expected five-fold increase in agricultural production meant longer hours and better […]

  • Derby Night at the Ballpark

    In 1933, newsman Myron Scott of Dayton, Ohio noticed a group of boys racing their homemade cars.  It immediately caught his attention.  He copyrighted the name “Soap Box Derby” and went looking for a company to sponsor a national program.  Chevrolet agreed and the Soap Box Derby was born. The event was a wild success. […]

  • Island Park Swimming Pool in Fargo, 1939

    If a person knows how to swim, then nothing says “summertime” better than plunging into the water for a refreshing dive on a sweltering-hot day.     Historically, one of the best places for swimming in Fargo has been the city swimming pool on the west side of Island Park – the oldest park in town. […]

  • Early Weather Forecasting on the Prairie

    The weather is a continual companion, with its whims and follies, highs and lows, bitterness and warmth. And for many of us, our daily routine begins with a check of the forecast. However, a good forecast was not always easy to come by. During much of human history, storms and droughts were seen through the […]

  • Bar Sinister

    On this date in 1920, it was reported in the Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon that a North Dakota appeals court had removed the “bar sinister,” a discriminatory law affecting illegitimate children.  The term “bar sinister” comes from medieval heraldry.  “Sinister” is Latin for “left.”  It simply indicates a direction, and does not carry the […]

  • Disability Rights and Parenthood ~ Western Meadowlark ~ Bismarck Tea Shop Expands to West Fargo

    Wednesday, June 21 – Two Wheelchairs and a Baby is a story featuring the efforts of a disabled couple from Minnesota to have a child. It comes to us courtesy of the Death, Sex, and Money podcast from WNYC Studios in collaboration with Cosmopolitan.com.  ~~~ In this week’s Natural North Dakota with Chuck Lura we […]

  • Red Cross

    On this date in 1917, the final total for selective service registration was announced. There were 64,124 North Dakota citizens registered. They also registered eighty-eight friendly aliens and six hundred and five enemy aliens, basically German nationals. Although it was twelve thousand short of projected, this did not include the four thousand men who had […]

  • Rutland’s Whopping Patty

    Thirty-five years ago, the people of Rutland, North Dakota were enjoying the weather, feeling the summer breeze, and gearing up to celebrate 1982, the 100th year after their ancestors settled the town. To observe this significant anniversary in style, they decided they would try to grill the world’s largest hamburger. They chose this whopper of […]

  • Cattle Market Slump

    As the United States entered World War II, North Dakota ranchers were busy supplying beef to the armed forces.  At the same time, they tried to keep meat on the tables of American families.  It was an enormous task.  But on this date in 1943, ranchers ran into a major obstacle when five packing plants […]

  • Grand Forks Storm

    Grand Forks witnessed one of the worst storms in the history of North Dakota on this date in 1887. The storm came quickly as two weather systems collided over the city. Shortly after 3:00pm, rain and hail began to fall and winds increased to 70 miles per hour. A half-hour later, the city was in […]

  • Notes from Ft. Buford

    Construction began on Fort Buford on this date in 1866; where the Missouri meets the Yellowstone River near Williston. Fort Buford served as a military post until 1881, when Sitting Bull surrendered to the fort’s military officials. Soldiers had to provide much of their own food, whether by gardening, fishing or hunting. A lack of […]

  • Duane Traynor

    On this date in 1942, a 39-year-old German named George Dasch called the FBI to set up an appointment to talk to J. Edgar Hoover. The night before, a German submarine had put Dasch and three others ashore on Long Island, where they buried their uniforms and explosives. Four others came ashore at Jacksonville, FL; […]

  • Richard Baron and the German Pilot

    On or around this date in 1944, Richard Baron from Mandan found himself having a drink with the enemy – a pilot in the German Air Force. One week before, on June 6, 1944, Baron, a P-47 fighter pilot with the Eighth Air Force, was supporting the D-Day Landings in Normandy.  One evening, about a […]

  • Bread Historian William Rubel ~ Conservation on the Northern Plains

    Monday, June 12 – Bread is everywhere. How much do you really think about how it came to be? Main Street’s Ashley Thornberg recently attended a symposium on bread and learned about its storied past from bread historian William Rubel. ~~~ Anthony J. Amato, associate professor of social science at Southwest Minnesota State University has […]

  • Exemptions and Townley

    On this date in 1917, draft registration was over and North Dakota fell slightly short of its goal; but with many already enlisted, Registration Day was deemed a success.  Most registrants did not seek exemptions, however, there were some North Dakotans who came up with original excuses.  First there was the man engaged to a […]