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  • Weather

    With the dawn of 1936, a terrible, drawn-out cold settled on the country. Snow storms raged and temperatures fell well below zero. Williston felt the icy temperatures keenly, with cold so deep that farmers reported that “the Little Muddy and Stony Creek were frozen to the bottom.” Telephone employees fought the cold to repair broken […]

  • Cookies for U.S. Soldiers

    War has two themes: Love and Death. The death theme is grimly obvious – soldiers could die any day in combat. The love theme involved families who said farewells to loved ones going off to war, hoping beyond hope that they might be reunited. The twin themes of love and death played out in Minot […]

  • Lincoln’s Birthday

    Dr. William Jayne owed much of his political success to President Abraham Lincoln.   Jayne was certainly well-connected with the ambitious lawyer.  William was Abraham’s personal physician and long-time political supporter.  His sister, Julia, was a close friend of Mary Todd; she even stood as a bridesmaid in the Todd-Lincoln wedding.  After winning the presidency, […]

  • Silk Train Passed Speedily Through Grand Forks

    Silk has a natural beauty unmatched by lesser fibers.  Silk ranks among the strongest of fibers and among the most lustrous and shiniest materials on earth, and softest to the touch.  Nothing holds the color of dye more deeply than silk. Spun by silkworms into cocoons, silk has always been a luxurious commodity. From 1900 […]

  • H.J. Forsythe

    In 1917, as World War I loomed, Americans prepared for war. Among the challenges was aviation. Aircraft were relatively new, with Orville and Wilbur Wright having just flown in the first recorded controlled, powered flight in December 1903. But the field had developed quickly, becoming an important wartime priority. To meet the demand for pilots, […]

  • Shameful Suicide

    Ole Peterson proved that shame can kill a man on this day in 1907.  Peterson took his own life after being arrested for abusing his wife and children, and it was reported that the rural farmer couldn’t bear to live with the shame of the act.  The farmer was in the custody of Deputy Sheriff […]

  • Blackjack

    The cavalry is forever linked to North Dakota history.  The most famous cavalry unit to serve in North Dakota was the Seventh Cavalry.  Although cavalrymen only earned $12 a month, they considered it a prestigious assignment.  When we think of the cavalry on the frontier, we often think of battles with Native Americans.  But the […]

  • Rivalry Between Bismarck and Grand Forks Over Toboggan Slides

    Ever since territorial days, Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks have been rivals for supremacy – in politics, commerce and leadership. But there was also Bismarck’s claim to have the best and longest toboggan sliding hill, far superior to those in Grand Forks and Fargo. On this date in 1886, the Bismarck Tribune announced that the […]

  • Prairies Wide and Free

    James W. Foley was born in St. Louis on this date in 1874.  His family moved to North Dakota and settled at Fort Abraham Lincoln.  His father went on to Medora where he worked for the Marquis de Mores and became friends with Theodore Roosevelt.  Roosevelt said Foley was one of the few in the […]

  • Chokecherry Preserves

    The chokecherry is not an unlovely fruit, once you get past its throat-rattling name.     The chokecherry shrub, or tree, bears long clusters of white flowers and bitter-tasting dark-red or blackish fruit. Nonetheless, chokecherries became North Dakota’s official state fruit, in 2007. The magic of chokecherries comes from making jam, jelly, and wine, but Native […]

  • Honors For Old Settlers

    This was a day of mourning in 1897 in Grafton, as word spread that Jacob Reinhardt, age 51, had died.  Jacob Reinhardt had been one of the first settlers of Grafton, and he served as the first Walsh County sheriff in territorial days. Reinhardt was born in 1846 and grew up in Wisconsin. He served […]

  • 1917 Red River Dog Derby, Part 2

    If you were listening to Datebook on January 26, you heard about the Red River Dog Derby organized for the Outdoor Sports Carnival in Minnesota. Eleven dog teams were running from WInnipeg along the old Pembina trail through North Dakota and into Minnesota, to take their finish at Como Park during the carnival. However, cold […]

  • Council on Environmental Quality

    As his first act of 1970, Richard Nixon created the Council on Environmental Quality. He said the 1970s had to be the time when America reclaimed its air and water purity to improve the environment. He said, “It is now or never.” On this date in 1970 he named the first three members of the […]

  • Wanted: Helpmate

    In 1908, the North Dakota we know and love today was different.  There were no cars, no phones, no computers.  There were lanterns and letters home.  There was hard work.  Sometimes, there was just a claim, a farm, and a man. And so , there was also loneliness on the vast, open prairie, so far […]

  • Drone on the Range

    Cattle rustling is a staple of western movies and TV shows. Movie heroes like John Wayne and Roy Rogers routinely had to cope with rustlers. They often engaged in furious chases on horseback and lots of gunfire. But cattle rustling is not fictional. It has a long and troubled history in North Dakota. Over the […]

  • 1917 Red River Dog Derby, Part 1

    In January of 1917, plans for the annual Outdoor Sports Carnival in Minnesota were underway. There were many sporting events of interest, including a national ski tournament, world’s championship speed-skating races, curling, and fireworks. However, a new event was being organized, one that would make history: one of the longest dog team races ever held […]

  • A Capitol Trolly

    Anyone passing through Bismarck today is able to go to the 17th floor of the capitol building, the observation deck, and view the landscape of the city from above. Tiny people, cars, trees, and buildings can be seen in every direction. There weren’t 17 floors in the original Capitol, but at the time it was […]

  • Short Session Prevails Among Lawmakers

    On this date in 1918, members of the North Dakota Legislature began to hope that a short session was possible.  If that was the case, they could all go home early.  There was concern, however, that contentious issues advocated by the Nonpartisan League could extend the session. Some accused the NPL of “having something up […]

  • Ford’s Theater

    As Abraham Lincoln watched the theatre stage, John Wilkes Booth crept from the shadows behind, drew his derringer pistol, and fired.  Mortally wounded, the president slumped forward, never to regain consciousness.   Over the next century, controversy surrounded the site of Lincoln’s assassination.  Some wanted Ford’s Theater to stand as a tribute to Lincoln’s life […]

  • The Beekeepers

    According to environmentalist Elizabeth Grossman, one out of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators. Pollinators are crucial for a successful harvest. Perhaps the most important of these is the honey bee. Unfortunately, the world is facing a puzzling decrease in the bee population. Beekeepers in the United States and Europe have […]