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  • Bagg Bonanza Farm

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Among those treasures were the bonanza farms with their images of agricultural abundance that helped promote the huge influx of settlers to Dakota Territory.  Railroad land grants included every other section in a corridor […]

  • Heart River Heralds Floods

    Floods are a regular springtime worry in North Dakota, and almost a season by themselves some years. In the east, the Red has flooded many times, with the 1826 flood believed to be the largest in recorded history. It washed trappers and natives off the land, resulting in deaths from drowning and starvation. In 2011, […]

  • Game and Fish Born

    Game and fish regulation in North Dakota dates back to Dakota Territory in 1861. Hunting restrictions began in 1875 on quail and waterfowl. By 1881, it was illegal to kill and leave any part of a big game animal on the prairie. Allowances on fishing methods also passed that year. The first game and fish […]

  • Operation Homecoming

    1973 began with the announcement of the Paris Peace Accords on January 27.  It was intended to halt the fighting between North and South Vietnam and end the American military involvement.  Fighting continued in spite of the ceasefire.  One American military advisor reported that operations were continuing much as they had before.  But there were […]

  • Japanese Bomb Balloon

    An unmanned, Japanese, bomb balloon landed in the Minto-Warsaw area of Walsh County on this date in 1945, but the incident was kept secret until World War II ended five months later. That August, the Fargo Forum reported that several balloons were sighted and reported to army authorities at Fargo, Park River and Mandan. The […]

  • Daily Optic Fire

    Minot, North Dakota is no stranger to fiery disasters. The city lost banks, businesses and hotels in nearly every decade of the 20th century. On this date in 1909, Minot residents read about the fire at the Daily Optic newspaper. The Ward County Reporter story told of four firefighters being injured in the blaze, which […]

  • Ev Albers

    On this date, during “the Great Blizzard of 1942,” Ev Albers was born in Oliver County. Dakota Datebook probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Albers, because he, as executive director of the ND Humanities Council, made sure we received the necessary funding. Albers grew up on a dairy farm near Hannover, graduated from Dickinson […]

  • Flood of 1950

    The floods of 1997 and 2009 set the bar for modern flooding on the Red River, but the river has a history of memorable floods. In 1950, high soil moisture and ample winter snow had set the stage for flooding, and on this date in 1950, a storm brought snow everywhere except the southeast corner […]

  • An Equine Threat

    In the early part of the 20th Century, horses still provided most of the horsepower.  In 1915 there were over 26 million horses in the United States. Now, there’s just over 9 million. For most people, horses have disappeared from day-to-day life.  But back in the day, horses were everywhere.  If you wanted to ride […]

  • Escaping the Draft

    A military draft was instituted during the American Civil War.  It proved to be very unpopular, and was abolished when the war was over.  But when World War I broke out, the draft was reintroduced with the Selective Service Act of 1917.  All men ages of 21 to 30 had to register.  This was later […]

  • Rattlesnake Lisemba

    Raymond Lisemba was born to Alabama sharecroppers in 1895. When he learned he was the sole beneficiary of his uncles’ $4,000 life insurance policy, he changed his name to Robert James and went to barber college. At 26, he married Maud Duncan, who quickly divorced him for sadistic cruelty. James moved to Kansas, opened a […]

  • Death of Henry Layer

    One of North Dakota’s most notorious convicted killers died on this date in 1925. Henry Layer was sentenced to life in prison for murdering eight people, including seven members of the Wolf family who lived near Turtle Lake, North Dakota. Layer was born in Russia in 1884. He came to Ashley, in what was then […]

  • Violence in West Fargo

    On this date in 1948, there was turmoil in West Fargo.  A strike by the United Packinghouse Workers of America had entered its third day. The local strikers had been reinforced by men from St. Paul, and violence broke out at the Armour and Company packing plant.  Pickets attacked three deputy sheriffs and the drivers […]

  • Historic Preservation Act Introduced in Congress

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America that were quickly disappearing.  As we’ve been reporting, many sites in North Dakota have been protected by the Act.   On this date in 1966, Senator Edward Muskie, with the support of Senator Mike […]

  • Roy Drawz

    Roy Drawz was tired of shoveling coal to heat his Minot home, so he invented a machine to do it for him. He was no amateur in heating, for he worked as an engineer at the heating plant at Minot State Teachers College.  Roy took old automobile parts and other scrap metal and built a […]

  • Joseph M. Devine

    Dakota Territory and Joseph M. Devine almost share a birthday. The sixth governor of North Dakota was born on this date in 1861, thirteen days after an act of Congress created Dakota Territory. Devine served five months as governor before he left in early 1899, one of many oddball stories in the state’s gubernatorial history. […]

  • Fairview Lift Bridge

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America, and today’s Datebook considers another North Dakota example, the Fairview Lift Bridge.   By the turn of the Twentieth Century, the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern Railroads had transcontinental lines running across the […]

  • Spring Has Sprung – Almost

    On this date in 1935, the high temperature for Fargo was predicted to be 26 degrees with 25 mile an hour winds.  But even though it was over a month until Easter, spring was on the minds of North Dakotans.  Across the state in Williston, the high was 30 with a warming trend The weather […]

  • Churchs Ferry: A Town Diminished but Not Forgotten

    Located along U.S. Highway 2 west of Devils Lake, the town of Churchs Ferry has struggled to remain intact.  To passersby, at first glance, Churchs Ferry appears to be abandoned. Those who live nearby have witnessed the rising waters of Devils Lake creeping into Churchs Ferry, threatening, and eventually engulfing many of the town’s houses […]

  • Southwestern Depopulation

    North Dakota’s southwest is one of the state’s most depopulated regions, Slope County especially. The city of Marmarth, founded in 1907, had over 1,300 residents by 1920. It had a theater, car dealership, jewelry store, opera house and other businesses. Today the town has about 140 residents. The county’s only other incorporated town is Amidon, […]