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  • Hello and Goodbye, Governors

    The gubernatorial transition in North Dakota historically took place on the first Wednesday in January, but voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1987 that favored today’s date of December 15th. Still, not all North Dakota governors came and went on the appointed day. Frank Briggs died in office in August of 1898, Arthur Sorlie died […]

  • Nye Tells the Future

    On this date in 1944, Senator Gerald Nye made news by marrying Arda Marguerite Johnson in Iowa Falls. It had been less than a year since Nye’s first wife divorced him. Nye was a Cooperstown newspaper editor when he began his 20-year U.S. Senate career in 1925 when he was 33 … a Republican endorsed […]

  • Liquor Laden Autos

    On January 17, 1920, the United States went dry as the manufacture and sale of intoxicating alcohol was banned.  1,500 Federal law enforcement officers were tasked with enforcement.  The force was not nearly big enough.  In 1922, the head of the Prohibition Commission declared a crisis in the federal enforcement efforts.  Commissioner Haynes said he […]

  • Butch, Sundance and Walness

    On this date in 1913, a Grand Forks story reported on the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch passing through town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 and began a […]

  • Fort Totten State Historic Site

    Fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Fort Totten State Historic site is one of the best preserved military posts from the Indian Wars west of the Mississippi River.  It was one of a series of posts established in the 1860s […]

  • Buying Lots in Watford

    Before it was even built, advertisers were proclaiming Watford, North Dakota, as the latest, greatest town in McKenzie County. A modern boom town today, it had its start as a terminus on the Great Northern Railway, sitting at the center of the state’s largest county. Around this time in 1913, local economic developers were working […]

  • Frank Bernard in Pearl Harbor

    For many young people growing up in North Dakota during the 1920s and the 1930s, there was little opportunity to find decent jobs.  Farms were falling to the mortgage man as drought made it difficult to scrape out even a marginal living from the land.  Those who could afford to, went to college to learn […]

  • Movie Excitement in Bismarck

    The Soledad Brothers were three prison inmates nicknamed for their prison, the Soledad State Prison in California. In 1970, they were accused of killing guard John Vincent Mills. The trio, who weren’t really brothers, included George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Cluchette. They were accused of killing Mills in retaliation for the killing of three […]

  • Too Much Horseplay

    William Ross loved horses. For his whole life he was a horse trader and handler. Unfortunately, his love of horses grew so big that he became a successful horse thief. That is, until July of 1905. Ross was employed by Thomas Walsh, a farmer in his 60s who lived outside of Willow City, North Dakota. […]

  • The Mysteries of Making Lutefisk Revealed, 1912

    There is a powerful Norwegian-American heritage in North Dakota.  In fact, N.D. has been recognized as the most “Norwegian” state in the U.S., having, in 1990,  29.6 percent of its population identifying as “primarily or secondarily Norwegian.” Along with this proud heritage comes lutefisk, the target of much derision.  Lutefisk, as defined by historian Art […]

  • The Buttercup

    This date in 1932 would have been just about ideal for enjoying the inaugural harvest of the new Buttercup Squash developed by the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo.  The Buttercup was the result of work done by horticulturist Albert F. Yeager, chemist T. H. Hooper, and Constance Leeby and Esther Letzke of the Home […]

  • Clyfford Still’s Birthday

    On this date in 1904, painter Clyfford Still was born in Grandin, North Dakota.  Mr. Still is one of the founders of Abstract Expressionism. He and his art influenced contemporaries like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman. After leaving North Dakota, Still spent his early life on farms Washington and Canada. Life on the […]

  • Omega Tower a Danger to Birds

    The United States Navy approved activation of a Very Low Frequency Navy facility at LaMoure, North Dakota, in 1968.  The new facility was needed when the one in Annapolis, Maryland was decommissioned.  The purpose of the tower was to provide the equipment and support for the Defense Communications System.  The Omega radio navigations system was […]

  • Editor Edgar Hull Lost In a Prairie Snowstorm, 1908

    Today’s story is about fear and snowstorms and perilous travel over the prairies in November 1908.     There was a man named Edgar A. Hull who lived in Burleigh County, 32 miles east of Bismarck, near Driscoll.  Mr. Hull and his wife, Florence, lived on a farm with their six children.  Besides farming, Hull published […]

  • Buechner and Orth Courthouses

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Courthouses are often considered for historic preservation, and there is perhaps one type worthy of further discussion. Between the years 1905 and 1919, thirteen county courthouses in North Dakota were designed by the St. […]

  • Remington Goes Hunting

    In the late 1890s, the great western artist, Frederic Remington, came to Northern Dakota on a hunting expedition and wrote about his adventure for a Harper’s Monthly magazine. A New Yorker by birth, Frederic Remington’s career as one of our most important Western artists was launched because the father of his prospective bride refused to […]

  • The Ward of Ward

    In 1883, James Johnson and Joseph L. Colton decided to travel into the Dakota territories. They came to rest at the fork of the Mouse and Des Lacs rivers. It was here they decided to create the town of Burlington, a town at the heart of what would soon become Ward County. The county got […]

  • Bicycle, North Dakota

    A number of communities have come and gone in McKenzie County, where Watford City sits at pretty much the heart of everything. A century ago, however, many towns dotted the prairie in that largest county in the state. One example is Bicycle, North Dakota. The name was Anglicized from nearby Beicegel Creek. Bicycle was located […]

  • Certified Local Government

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  To help prevent the loss of historical structures, and to recognize the important role of local participation in preservation, amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act established the Certified Local Government program or CLG’s […]

  • Trainwrecks

    In November, 1911, trains were making history in North Dakota, but it wasn’t for good reasons. On this date near McKenzie, North Dakota … a few miles east of Bismarck … cleanup was underway after a train wreck the day before.  The wreck occurred when compacted snow prevented a switch from closing all the way. […]