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  • A Sailor from Rolla and Kamikazes from Japan, 1945

    There was a sailor from Rolla named George Raasakka who served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.  It was on this date in 1943 that the Navy launched the Callaghan, a brand-new destroyer, near Long Beach, California. George Raasakka became a coxswain on the Callaghan, helping steer the ship in […]

  • The Story of Elbowoods

    For sixty years, Elbowoods, North Dakota was a hub along the Missouri River on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The town was located on a bend in the river and in the wooded bottoms, hence its name. The townsite started to develop in 1889, and on this date in 1893, its post office was established. Elbowoods […]

  • Tire Blowouts And Tire Rationing in Bismarck, 1942

    The shock of exploding bombs on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941 brought the U.S. into the conflagrations of World War II. The subsequent fall of Asia’s rubber plantations “cut America’s rubber lifeline and brought the word’s most motorized nation face-to-face with catastrophe as its rubber reserve dwindled.” The U.S. crude rubber supply for civilians had […]

  • Bismarck Accuses Fargo Over National Guard Support

    Ever since the American Revolution, our country has relied on the citizen soldier.  This reliance continues today with the National Guard.  National Guardsmen have to leave their families and their jobs to respond to natural disasters and national security needs.  According to the United States Department, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act was […]

  • Kate Richards O’Hare

    On this date in 1917, the news from the front … once again … was grim.  With the collapse of the Russian Army and the capture of their artillery due to a quick German advance, conditions on the Eastern Front were in disarray. Col. Frank White, now in command of the newly formed 2nd Regiment […]

  • The Colletes

    On this date in 2003, a small church in St. Lambert, Quebec, celebrated its 150th year. To mark the occasion, the congregation dedicated a plaque to the Collet family, which donated land for the church in 1850. It is believed the first Collets arrived on the North American continent from France around the mid-1700s. They […]

  • 1890 Drought and Hardship for Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

    On this date in 1890, an article in the Jamestown Weekly Alert addressed the suffering and difficulties of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Drought on the Lake Traverse Reservation had resulted in failed crops, leaving the tribe with few resources, and close to starvation. Families sold valuable ponies and oxen, and the scarce timber was cut […]

  • Traveling Libraries

    One of the best ways to beat the heat on these long summer days is to find a little shade and open up a good book. For far-off adventures, no need to go any further than your local public library. However, for some North Dakotans in rural communities, access to libraries is challenging. Nonetheless, trustworthy […]

  • Three Masked Men

    On this date in 1911, three masked men held up a Northern Pacific train between Tower City and Buffalo.  Armed with revolvers, they collected $500 from the passengers and went to the locomotive.  They ordered the engineer to stop the train so they could get off, but he refused.  One of the robbers shot the […]

  • World’s Largest Quilt

    The North Dakota Quilt Project was conceived 31 years ago this month in 1986.  It was a means for the Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota to help celebrate the state’s centennial in 1989.  Leona Tennyson, of Antler, North Dakota was instrumental in the project. Once finished, it would be the world’s largest quilt, covering more […]

  • Food Supplies and Shortages

    With the First World War raging in Europe, much of the land had been devastated, and food was scarce.  Herbert Hoover, as national food administrator, submitted guidelines for housewives to follow to ensure an adequate supply of food at home and abroad.  Those who signed a pledge to cooperate received a “home card,” the first […]

  • General Order 99

    In the spring of 1898, President McKinley put out a call for volunteers for a war with Spain.  North Dakotans had always answered their country’s call.  The people of the Dakotas fought on both sides in the Civil War and the Indian Wars, and they were willing once again to don uniforms and pick up […]

  • The Imaginary Line

    People today know that a trip to Canada has become more involved, requiring more planning with proper identification, especially upon the return to the United States.  Not that long ago, Canadians and Americans traveling to the neighboring country merely had to state where they were born and why they were visiting.  But that changed after […]

  • Charley Talbot

    The 1930s were hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 cents a bushel and […]

  • Fargo Sangerfest

    Cities, civic organizations and businesses throughout North Dakota hold many yearly “fests.” These fests bring people together to share in a variety of interests and activities. For example, Hankinson’s Polka Fest, the North Dakota Country Fest in New Salem, or the Norsk Hostfest in Minot. Another “fest” began on this date in 1912 in Fargo. […]

  • Clement A. Lounsberry

    Clement A. Lounsberry was born in 1843 in Indiana. Like many people who gained success as adults, Lounsberry overcame great hardships during his youth, including being orphaned. Lounsberry was working as a farm laborer when the Civil War broke out, and he soon enlisted with the First Michigan Volunteers. He was wounded and taken prisoner […]

  • Call to the Colors

    “N.D. Regiments Called to the Colors” screamed the headlines of the Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1917.  The War Department had called the North Dakota troops into active federal service effective on July 15th.   The Federal Militia Board was preparing for the transportation of the North Dakota National Guard, which was mobilizing on August […]

  • Wyman Galbreath, Rescue Pilot

    Wyman Galbreath graduated from Enderlin High School in 1940. He attended the Wahpeton School of Science where he enrolled in Aviation Mechanics. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. By the spring of 1944 he was piloting a B-17 heavy bomber.  He expected to be sent to England, but in a surprise move […]

  • Planes on the Prairie

    Human beings have always been fascinated with flight. History is littered with unsuccessful attempts. It was not until 1903 that the Wright Brothers flew the first successful airplane. It did not take long for people to realize the abilities of airplanes and to perform tricks in the air. In 1967 came the foundation of the […]

  • The Ice King

    Frederic Tudor, the third son of a wealthy Boston lawyer, hatched an idea one summer day as he reflected on the ice clinking in his glass.  He knew that not everyone could enjoy the luxury of a cold drink on a hot day.  His brother joked that they should ship ice from their pond in […]