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  • The Drunkometer

    In 1931, chemistry professor Roland Harger invented a device called “the drunkometer.”  It was the first practical device to measure whether people were drunk.  Harger deliberately made it very easy to use so judges and juries would understand how it worked.  In 1938, he served on a subcommittee of the National Safety Council.  He helped […]

  • Ft. Union Rendezvous

    Today is the beginning of the four-day Ft. Union historical rendezvous, an annual event celebrating the history of the fur trade, early exploration, and the peaceful relations that existed between Ft. Union traders and the tribes of the Upper Missouri in the early to mid-1800s. The event will end Sunday, on the anniversary of the […]

  • Dudley Hersey’s Big Farm Near Arvilla

    There once was a fabulously-big farm near the village of Arvilla. The story of the Hersey “Bonanza” Farm in Grand Forks County begins with Dudley H. Hersey’s birth in Bangor, Maine in 1846. He was the son of wealthy lumberman Samuel Hersey.  The Hersey family used the fortune gained in Maine to buy Minnesota timberland […]

  • Flag Day

    Today is Flag Day, a holiday with interesting story. The United States flew its first flag – called the Grand Union – on January 1st, 1776. It had 13 red and white stripes, and in the canton – that’s the box in the upper left hand corner – there weren’t stars but, instead, the British […]

  • Fargo Tourists Welcomed in Style

    The United Commercial Travelers was founded in 1888.  It was started by people who had to travel for a living like salesmen.  On this date in 1913, a delegation from Fargo was greeted in style as they arrived in Crookston for the Minnesota / North Dakota United Commercial Travelers convention.  The Fargo Forum and Daily […]

  • A Threat to North Dakota

    The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State is the largest dam in the Columbia River Basin, and one of the largest in the world.  When the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, the dam was one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s public works projects.  The Roosevelt Administration pursued public works to help the […]

  • Antiquities Act

    Fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. The act also created the National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic Landmarks, and the State Historic Preservation Offices. The act, however, was not the first piece of national legislation devoted […]

  • Terrible Fire

    On this date in 1893, the growing development of Fargo was struck by a terrible fire. It started on what was then Front Street – now called Main Avenue. Strong winds spread the fire, burning away most of the downtown area. Forty-two city blocks were destroyed, an estimated $3,000,000 in damage. However, the people of […]

  • Destruction of the Fargo Ski Jump, 1942

    In North Fargo, a gigantic ski jump once stood, high above the banks of the Red River.  The ski jump towered over the landscape from the time of its construction in 1935 until 1942, when it was torn down.  The ski jump had to be demolished because the worst thing that could happen with a […]

  • Copper Coin Relic

    The city names Bismarck and Mandan naturally go together, like ‘peaches and cream,’ like “summer and baseball,’ or like ‘Lewis and Clark.’  Geographically, Bismarck and Mandan are sister cities, located on either side of the Missouri River. Despite the proximity, they stand as rivals, in football, baseball, and sundry sports. The two cities also compete […]

  • Rattlers

    Rattlesnake season is upon us – anyway for those of us who live west of the Missouri River. Rattlers will need a full meal every 10 days until the weather reaches the 80s and 90s; then they only need to eat only once every three weeks. During the fall, they’ll increase their meals to once […]

  • Air Combat Command

    The Cold War left many marks in North Dakota, from its Air Force stations near Fortuna and Finley to the giant concrete radar pyramid at Nekoma. Most of these structures are now abandoned or converted for other uses. But the Minot Air Force Base is still the headquarters for the 5th Bomb Wing, an element […]

  • Belhammer Saves Child

    Gordon Keeney was aboard the steamboat Dakota when he witnessed a dramatic rescue. Seventy-six years later, Keeney’s written account was published in the Fargo Forum. In 1874, the Dakota was steaming north down the Red River loaded with passengers. Because of the crowding below, Keeney wrapped himself in his buffalo robe and spent his time […]

  • Mad Dog

    Until 1885, anyone infected with rabies was not expected to survive.  That year, two scientists, Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux, developed the first vaccine for rabies.  They used it on Joseph Meister, a nine-year-old boy bitten by a rabid dog.  Meister lived another 55 years, and was the first person known to survive rabies. Rabies […]

  • Missing in Action

    In March, 1941, Captain Frank O. Anders of Fargo shipped out to the Philippines on the U.S.S. Grant.  In one of history’s interesting coincidences, Anders sailed in the very same vessel that brought his father home from the Philippines after the Spanish American War in 1899. The younger Anders went to the Philippines to train […]

  • Valley City Rail History

    In 1909, the Northern Pacific Railway built a new “high line” about a mile north of Valley City. This new line made it possible to overcome the steep grades of the valley, allowing trains to keep better time. However, the high line was also about a mile north of the city, bypassing the convenient, downtown […]

  • Stew Bass, Avenger Pilot

    Stewart Bass was born on this date in 1921 in Stevensville,  Montana.  He joined the Navy in 1941 and ended up flying the Grumman Avenger. Although the Avenger was designated a torpedo bomber, most of the time it carried conventional bombs. While training in Florida, Stew was seriously injured in a plane crash that put […]

  • McLeod’s One-Room School House

    In 1986, People magazine did a story titled, “Lowest Paid Teacher in America.” Janice Herbranson taught kindergarten through sixth grade at the one-room school in McLeod, North Dakota. Her salary was only $6,800 a year. At the time, there were 14 one-room schoolhouses still operating in the state, and McLeod’s was closing its doors. Of […]

  • Sherbrooke’s Decline

    Sherbrooke, North Dakota is a shadow of its former self. Once the county seat for Steele County, it’s now a ghost town surrounded by farmland. Once a thriving farming community, the old townsite is now home to several abandoned structures, slowly being reclaimed by nature. Settlers came to Sherbrooke in 1881 after the village and […]

  • The Empire Builder

    The Great Northern Railroad was the dream of James J. Hill, a man known as the “Empire Builder.”  Hill considered the Great Northern his greatest achievement.  When he retired he said, “Most men who have really lived have had, in some shape, their great adventure.  This railroad is mine.” Hill did not plan on becoming […]