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  • Syttende Mai

    Happy Syttende Mai! For those of you who don’t know what that is, an old article in the Hansboro News explains that May 17th is the “anniversary of the rise of modern Norway among the nations as an independent, self-governing kingdom…” The year the article was written was 1914 – the year of Norway’s Jubilee […]

  • Francis Register – North Dakota’s First Ace

    Nicknamed Pinky, Francis Register was born in 1917 and raised in Bismarck.  Pinky always had an interest in airplanes and with the coming of World War II, he joined the Navy Air Forces and became a full-fledged flying officer on December 12, 1941, just 5 days after the US entered the war. As a flight […]

  • The State is Ready

    This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I.  President Wilson had campaigned on the promise of staying out of foreign wars, but he began to rethink his position as German submarines sank passenger vessels, including the Lusitania, killing many Americans.  Wilson extracted a promise from the Germans that they […]

  • Lilac Day, 1937

    Spring starts in March, but full-fledged springtime really begins when the fragrance of lilacs is in the air.  Assuredly, spring is more than just lilacs, for the landscape comes alive, as wild plum thickets flower, prairie roses bud, and dormant rhubarb awakens. May’s soft southern breezes and bright sunshine bring a welcome warmth. On this […]

  • Albert Simpson

    In 1934, Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act. The bill intended to decrease federal control of Indian reservations and give them more autonomy. In 1936 in North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara came together to form their own constitution, creating the Three Affiliated Tribes. The tribes had already been operating under a representative form […]

  • News from Deadwood

    Today it’s back to the wild west of Dakota Territory. On this date in 1878, the Bismarck Weekly Tribune published “Our Black Hills Letter,” written by the Trib’s “Special Correspondent” in Deadwood. In the flowery Victorian vernacular of the times, it reads: “Crime holds high carnival here in the Hills – at least it did […]

  • Roosevelt’s Army

    On this date 100 years ago … in 1917 … the effects of the Great War were beginning to become a reality.  The Mandan school system discontinued teaching German although many newspapers across the state claimed that we weren’t fighting the German people, we are fighting the German government.  Communities prepared gardens to supplement the […]

  • Campaigning by Air

    Today it’s expected that politicians will take advantage of air travel for political campaigns, but that was not always the case.  On this date in 1920, Arthur Townley made the surprising announcement that he was going to campaign on behalf of the Nonpartisan League by air.  The NPL said that Townley, the League’s president, was […]

  • A Good Catch

    On this date in 1899, the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean reported that a young horse thief’s grand plans came to a sudden end.  Devils Lake police chief Hurst received a telegram asking him to be on the lookout for William Lester. Lester had stolen seven horses from Williston and sold them in Minot.  It was apparently […]

  • The Great War

    Millions of Americans served in World War I — soldiers, sailors, nurses — and many at home provided support, suffered scarcities, and grieved for loved ones lost. The United States entered the Great War 100 years ago on April 6. We’re commemorating this anniversary with Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War—stories from North Dakota thanks […]

  • Rats!

    Rats have been a problem for farmers ever since there have been farmers. On this date in 1916, farmers in the Minot area were complaining about rats.  The Ward County Independent reported that this was a recent development.  Farmers reported that one day they didn’t have any rats at all, but the next day there […]

  • Fashions to Die For

    As the 20th Century arrived, women’s clothing was lavish and cumbersome.  Madame Gaches-Sarraute designed a new corset in 1900.  She thought the corsets of the 19th Century were not healthy, and she was right.  They restricted breathing and often caused fainting.  They even caused misshapen ribs and internal organs.  The newly designed “Health Corset” removed […]

  • The Union Railway Company

    On this date in 1907, the Courier Democrat of Langdon reported that promoters of a new railroad met with potential investors in Minneapolis.  The delegation proposed a line through the northeastern portion of Cavalier County, connecting with either the Great Northern or the Soo Line.  Representatives of the Union Railway Company of North Dakota visited […]

  • May Day

    May Day has a long history as a festival, dating back to the days of Druids and pagans.  The ancient Romans celebrated it with a five-day festival.  By the Middle Ages, every European village had a maypole.  In America, a tradition began of children making baskets from wallpaper samples and colored paper, and picking wildflowers […]

  • No More Giant Spuds

    In the early 1900s, the railroad was the way to travel.  There was, of course, economy class that offered affordable tickets with few amenities.  But in first class, the well-to-do could ride in style.  The wealthiest travelers could even book a private parlor car.  Every train included a dining car with gourmet chefs, waiters sporting […]

  • There is Practically Nothing Left

    At 5:13 on April 18th, 1906, San Francisco experienced a violent earthquake.  The rumbling that woke the city lasted about a minute.  Buildings toppled.  Gas and water lines broke. But the quake was just the beginning. Fires broke out and burned for three days as firefighters couldn’t get water from the broken hydrants.  When it […]

  • ND Remembers WWI

    Only two weeks after the Declaration of War, the military machine was progressing quickly.  The prospect of raising an all-volunteer army was unrealistic, so Congress was expected to pass a draft bill by the end of April.  However, North Dakotans had been quick to answer the call.  Towns such as Edgeley were doing their part. […]

  • A Fair to Remember

    The Twentieth Century blossomed with the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Plans for the fair began in 1898. The committee raised $15 million from government and private sources, and by 1901, construction was underway on 1,200 acres of Forest Park. North Dakota Governor Frank White saw the fair […]

  • Great Inducements to Settlers

    There have been two Williams counties in North Dakota.  The first was created in 1873 south of the Missouri River.  In 1891, the state legislature created a new Williams County in the northwest corner of the state.  The name honors Erastus Appelman Williams, an early North Dakota politician who served in both the territorial and […]

  • Jay Darling

    Tomorrow is Earth Day, so we take this opportunity to tell the story of a man who had an enormous impact on wildlife conservation in North Dakota.  Jay Darling, of Iowa, was a renowned political cartoonist during the “dirty thirties,” a time of bankruptcy, soup lines, drought and awe-inspiring dust storms. On the Great Plains, […]