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  • A Political Insurgency

    The political scene in North Dakota has always been turbulent.  Only a year after gaining statehood, the Farmer’s Alliance formed an independent party to challenge Republican control.  In 1892, they joined with the Democrats to gain control of the state, but the success was short-lived, with Republicans regaining the edge in 1894. There was another […]

  • Peltier part 2

    On this date in 1977, the trial of Leonard Peltier was in its second day. Peltier was an activist in the American Indian Movement or AIM and, in 1972, he took part in a 71-day standoff with FBI agents at Wounded Knee. The years after the standoff were marked by violence between the tribal administration […]

  • Leonard Peltier part 1

    Leonard Peltier has become larger than life since receiving back-to-back life sentences for the murder of two FBI agents in a shootout in Pine Ridge, South Dakota over 40 years ago. It was on this date in 1977 that his trial in Fargo began. Peltier was born in Grand Forks in 1944. When his parents […]

  • Lake Sakakawea Crash

    Mathematics helped solve the mystery of a fighter jet that crashed through the ice of Lake Sakakawea on this date in 1969.   For thirty-five years, The F-106 Delta Dart interceptor from the Minot Air Force base had rested on the bottom of the lake near the Four Bears Bridge at New Town. Captain Merlin Riley […]

  • Col. John A. Ely

    Colonel John Ely was a mover and shaker in the days of Dakota Territory. He was born in 1836 in Missouri and wore many hats over the years. He grew wheat, raised cattle, traded mules and even served four years in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. However, he apparently thought “Lincoln was the […]

  • Lady Bowlers

    Today we learn of several lady bowlers who made their mark in the sport. First is Amy Lybeck, who was born on this date in 1916 in Heimdal, and grew up with her eight siblings on her parents’ farm near Maddock. Amy was an outstanding student, graduating as valedictorian of her class and lettering in […]

  • An Expensive Egg

    During a visit to Europe in 1881, famed Civil War nurse Clara Barton learned of the Red Cross.  When she returned home, she was instrumental in establishing Red Cross in America.  Barton led the American Red Cross for twenty-three years.  It supported American troops in the Spanish-American War and assisted in both domestic and overseas […]

  • Blue Laws – 1917

    On this date in 1917 charges were dropped against Fred Bartholomew, the proprietor of the Hotel Frederick in Grand Forks. He had been arrested on February 5th for breaking the Sabbath for keeping his lobby newspaper and cigar stand open on Sunday, which was forbidden under North Dakota Blue Laws.  The reason for the dismissal […]

  • Wogansport

    A variety of towns waxed and waned along the Missouri River in North Dakota, like Deapolis, Sanger and Wogansport. Wogansport is about 18 miles north of Bismarck on the east bank of the Missouri River, but not much remains today except for a farm or two. However, a post office established on this date in […]

  • LeRoy Nayes

    LeRoy Milton Nayes was born on this date in Fingal North Dakota in 1923. LeRoy attended rural school and graduated from Fingal High in 1941. He started that fall at the Agricultural College in Fargo, but in December 1942 he entered the Army Air Force and received his Officers commission as a 2nd Lt. in […]

  • Professor Ladd’s Warning

    Today we share another story about Professor E. F. Ladd, the well-known champion of purity in consumer products.  In 1890, President Stockbridge of the newly founded North Dakota Agricultural College invited Professor Ladd to become Professor of Chemistry at the college and chemist of the Agricultural Experiment Station.  Ladd agreed, and joined the first group […]

  • Maxwell Anderson

    Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the death of playwright Maxwell Anderson, who died in 1959. He was one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century. Born in 1888, Anderson spent his first three years on a farm near Atlantic, Pennsylvania. The family moved to Jamestown in 1907, where Anderson graduated from high […]

  • Estray and Herd Laws

    By 1906, the days of the Wild West were over.  Barbed wire closed off much of the open range.  Cowboys no longer guided vast herds of cattle up the well-known trails.  But there were still echoes of the past.  On this date in 1906, the Bismarck Daily Tribune published a clarification about the “North Dakota […]

  • Deathbed Confession

    Women who homesteaded alone in North Dakota faced many challenges – the weather, natural disasters, hunger, disease and isolation. Another threat came from unwanted attentions from men, and many female homesteaders grabbed loaded guns when strangers approached their shanties. Since it was considered shameful to be the victim of sexual attack, many unpleasant incidents went […]

  • Who’s in North Dakota?

    Doug Carlston was a lawyer, but in his spare time he created computer games. In 1980, he made Galactic Empire and Galactic Trading, and wanted to market his creations. He teamed up with his brother Gary, and the two created a software company called Broderbund Games. Within the first three years, they were making millions. […]

  • Hoarding Gold Coins

    Banks in North Dakota were in big trouble in the 1920s and early 1930s as the farm economy turned sour.  Of 898 banks in in 1920, 573 went bankrupt by 1933, an appalling sixty-three-percent! In those days, when a bank failed, those with savings accounts struggled to get deposits back, getting only one-fourth to one-half […]

  • Statewide Crop and Labor Survey

    In April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress and asked for a declaration of war against Germany.  Wilson cited Germany’s use of unrestricted submarine warfare, as well as its attempts to entice Mexico into an alliance against the United States.  Congress voted in favor of Wilson’s request.  In June, […]

  • The Impeachment of Judge Cowan

    John Cowan was born in Scotland.  When he was four years old, the family moved to Canada. In 1877, Cowan graduated from Ottawa Normal School and went on to study medicine before leaving Canada for the United States.  For a time he was a clerk in Port Huron, Michigan for the Chicago and Grand Trunk […]

  • The 16th Amendment

    The Industrial Revolution began in the middle of the 18th Century and swept the world like a storm. Following a time when human and animal labor were the main sources of production, inventions like the steam engine and electricity improved the living conditions of many people. However, these improvements did not come without cost. As […]

  • Deep Waterway

    The Deep Waterway Association annual conventions were well attended by influential politicians and businessmen.  In 1903, a highlight was a letter read to the convention from railroad tycoon James J. Hill.  In 1907, the keynote speaker was Teddy Roosevelt.  The main interest was improving water access from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. […]