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  • Off for Alberta

    Frontiersmen on the Great Plains mingled with settlers across the northern border long before North Dakota became a state.  Both American and British fur traders congregated along the Missouri River and established posts prior to 1800.  The Hudson Bay and North West Companies established operations in the Red River Valley.  Canadians ventured down to Pembina […]

  • Dore, North Dakota

    Dore, North Dakota predates the county it resides in – at least the current incarnation.  McKenzie County was eliminated in 1891 for a lack of settlement, before being re-created by the state legislature in 1905. Tiny Dore on the other hand, got its start four years earlier when its post office was established on this […]

  • Strawberries in North Dakota

    Today there are more than 30,000 farms in North Dakota encompassing almost 40 million acres.  North Dakota leads all other states in the production of sunflower seeds and barley.  Wheat is the state’s leading crop, ranking behind only Kansas.  North Dakota is also a leading state in canola, navy beans, oats, pinto beans, soybeans, and […]

  • Land of Opportunity

    The 1890s were not kind to North Dakota.  The price of wheat declined by 70%.  High railroad rates hurt farmers.  State tax receipts decreased, and the state had difficulty paying its bills. That changed, however as the period from 1898 to 1915 brought North Dakota’s second boom.  Railroads almost doubled in size, increasing from 2,662 […]

  • Selz Post Office

    The town of Selz in Pierce County, North Dakota isn’t the only Selz in state history. Emmons County had a Selz, too, with a post office established in postmaster Anton Vetter’s home on this date in 1896. The community was founded in the summer of 1885, and was about five miles from Hague, North Dakota. […]

  • George Bird Grinnell

    George Bird Grinnell, a respected authority on the Plains Indians, passed away on this date in 1938 at the age of 88.  In 2004, conservationist Shane Mahoney wrote this of Grinnell:  “He was many things: scientist, hunter, explorer, naturalist, entrepreneur and author. Above all else, however, George Bird Grinnell was and remains the most influential […]

  • Swedish Ethnic Humor Play “Ole Olson” In Bismarck, 1893

    Throughout human history, tragedy seems to overwhelm happiness (and humor), but overall, there has always been more laughter than tears. One perennial form of humor is ethnic, which can be starkly of two different modes – light-hearted or mean-spirited. Scandinavian humor abounds, for everyone laughs at “Ole and Lena” jokes.  Norwegians have been the butt […]

  • New Jerusalem/Wamduska

    Tonight marks the start of the Jewish observance of Passover. North Dakota has had several Jewish settlements in its history. In the 1870s, rising nationalism in Russia led to persecution of Germans, Ukrainians, Jews, and Crimean-Czechs, and thousands immigrated to North Dakota. Between 1882 and the advent of World War I, more than 800 Jewish […]

  • Dakota Dan

    Two weeks before North Dakota became a state, attorney Leslie Simpson of Minneapolis rented an office above a Dickinson bank and immersed himself in the world of frontier justice. His highest-profile case involved a Dickinson rancher claiming to be Daniel Russell, the son of a deceased Massachusetts senator, whose considerable fortune was to be split […]

  • War Declared

    Since August of 1914, war clouds had hung over Europe. Although the United States had remained neutral, a declaration of war was not unexpected.   With Congressional approval only a day away, the headline of The Williston Graphic prophesied in bold letters, “Into World’s War.”   On this date in 1917, the House voted 373 to 50 […]

  • Mark Turcotte, Writer

    Award winning poet Mark Turcotte was born in Lansing, MI on this date in 1958. Soon after, he moved with his Irish mother and Ojibway father to the Turtle Mountains in North Dakota. In 2002, the editor of Free Verse, Linda Aschbrenner, interviewed Mark about his book, “Exploding Chippewas.” “…I loved to write down words,” […]

  • Steamboats

    Rivers figure prominently in our history and culture. We can conjure images of Lewis & Clark exploring the Missouri, and the riverboat “Yellowstone” as the first steamboat on the upper Missouri. History was made on the Red River of the North on this date in 1859. The Anson Northup steamboat first put in on the […]

  • John Blair Smith Todd

    Dakota Territory saw many of its early politicians come and go quickly, including John Blair Smith Todd. On this date in 1814, Todd was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He married in 1845 and had nine children with his wife Catherine. Todd was a military man who served in the Seminole and Mexican-American wars. He spent […]

  • Farm, Labor and the NPL

    “Go home and slop the hogs and leave the lawmaking to us!” That’s what Treadwell Twitchell, a Republican Cass County legislator, supposedly said to a group of angry farmers in 1915. The farmers were arguing their case for a state-run grain elevator at a legislative meeting. Whether Twitchell uttered those exact words is unsure, but […]

  • Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

    On this date in 1951, The Fargo Forum ran a big spread titled, “Orchestra Success Regarded by Outsiders as Astounding.” The story, written by Roy P. Johnson, celebrated the symphony’s 20th anniversary. “Had there been no public appreciation and support, the orchestra may have fallen by the wayside long ago,” Johnson wrote. “That a symphony […]

  • Verendrye’s Lead Plate

    Meriwether Lewis and William Clark get most of the credit for being early white explorers of the Missouri River and the American West, but their adventure wasn’t the first. The Verendrye family was in the North and South Dakota region for more than sixty years before the Corps of Discovery. They too sought an all-water […]

  • Fingerprint Expert

    Using fingerprints in criminal investigations became widespread in the early years of the 20th Century. Because no two fingertips are alike, and because fingerprints never change, it became a sure way to connect criminals to their crimes. This relatively new science was the stuff of Sherlock Holmes, capturing the public’s fascination.  On this date in […]

  • On Messines Ridge

    By June 7, 1917, the British Second Army was prepared to attack the Germans at Messines Ridge in northern France.  The British had put a great deal of planning into the attack.  For eighteen months, soldiers dug tunnels under the German positions.  Some of the tunnels were 2,000 feet long.  The Germans had been entrenched […]

  • Mrs. Peterson and the NPL

    On today’s date in 1918, Mrs. H.L. Peterson and her family from Bowbells, North Dakota were awaiting the April 1st issue of the “Nonpartisan Leader.” Mrs. Peterson had won a Nonpartisan League women’s writing contest with her essay titled “Pay for the Wageless Years. “What does the Nonpartisan League mean to me?” she wrote. “It […]

  • Woman Not Dead

    On this date in 1902, word came from Lisbon that a woman had been found dead near Velva. Elaine Lindgren wrote about it in her book, “Land in Her Own Name:” “Freezing temperatures were always a threat, but the tale of Helma Nelson has a surprising twist. Helma had a claim about 13 miles northwest […]