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  • Poet Twinkle Zaman ~ Adoption Revolution

    Tuesday, August 15 – Life stages often get lumped into a ten-year spread. Your eighties, fifties, twenties. Twinkle Zaman is a twentysomething. She spends a lot of time thinking and writing about what that means. In fact, Twentysomething is the name of her latest poetry book. She reflects on love and friendships, and being in that phase of life where you’re not […]

  • Labor Shortage

    War news from Europe was somewhat grim in August of 1917, as the mobilization of troops in the United States was rapidly approaching.  French initiatives in the Alsace- Loraine region, at first meeting with some success, were now being repulsed by German advances.  Many sections of the line were deteriorating into trench warfare.   At […]

  • Bocas de Ceniza

    It may seem strange that an art piece exhibiting the struggle of Colombians was first shown in North Dakota, but in the summer of 2005 this was the case. The people of Colombia live a life that many of us could not imagine. A brutal civil war between guerilla forces and the military has ravaged […]

  • Julien Monnet, North Dakota Tennis Champion, 1904

    Summer for some includes tennis.  The ‘thwwwwack’ of a racket has echoed in North Dakota since the mid-1880s, when ‘lawn tennis’ infiltrated the region. Grand Forks organized its tennis club in 1885, and by the first decade of the 1900s North Dakota had established state championships for individuals and doubles. On this date, in 1904, […]

  • The North Dakota Children’s Home Society

    In the late 1800s, the New York Children’s Aid Society routinely rounded up homeless children and sent them west on trains that came to be known as the orphan trains.  The children were usually placed with farmers.  Sometimes they found good homes where they were loved, but sometimes they were considered free labor and subject […]

  • Empire Builder Train Wreck

        The worst rail disaster in North Dakota history happened at 7:20 p.m. on this date in 1945 in the town of Michigan, about 50 miles west of Grand Forks. Two Empire Builder trains were traveling west as a pair. The first section contained the Pullman sleeper cars and the second carried coach cars. […]

  • The Atomic Bomb Project

    Americans live in the dark shadow of nuclear weapons; developed during World War II for fear that Nazi Germany might get atomic bombs first.  The idea of unleashing subatomic forces came from famous nuclear physicists, including Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi. When the U.S. decided to split uranium atoms and make bombs to win the […]

  • Papelpu’s Odyssey

    When Alexander Papelpu obtained his homestead patent in Stark County on June 26, 1914 his future looked bright and promising.  Having received his citizenship only six months before, he now decided it was time to return to his home country of Russia.  Here he would take care of some business affairs and wed his sweetheart […]

  • Hobo Baseball Game

    In 1897 it seems that bums and hobos might have been known for more than just hopping trains and sleeping under bridges, at least in Grand Forks! On this date in 1897, the Grand Forks Daily Herald reported that a group of hobos took on the local Grand Forks baseball team, stating “a unique game […]

  • Rodeo Champ Duane Howard

    Duane Howard was born in Devils Lake on this date in 1933. He married his childhood sweetheart, Orpha Hanson in 1956. They made their home on the Howard Ranch in Minnewaukan until the rising waters of Devils Lake forced the couple to relocate to Sheyenne, North Dakota. Howard was an all-around cowboy, competing at the […]

  • 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 […]