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  • Leon Frankel, Pilot for Israel

    As Leon Frankel sat, strapped into a German fighter plane, he thought “What’s a nice Jewish boy from Minot, North Dakota doing here?” Leon had it made.  He had survived World War 2 and came back a decorated Navy pilot.  Leon now owned a car dealership in Minot called “Capital Motors.” Business was very good; […]

  • Fritz Scholder

    Today is the birthday of Fritz Scholder, one of most highly regarded artists of the 20th century. Although he’s categorized as a Native American painter, Scholder never saw it that way. He once stated. “Well, I never thought about it, because I grew up in public schools, and I’m not an Indian. I’m very proud […]

  • Lewis C. Paxon’s Diary

    In the 1860s, the history books regarding Dakota Territory were pretty slim, with little beyond the tribes, explorations and the military presence in the region. But individual accounts helped add to that knowledge. One of those “scribes” of early Dakota was Lewis C. Paxson, a teacher who enlisted in Company G of the Eighth Minnesota […]

  • Steam Threshermen Feared Boiler Explosions, 1906

    A healthy fear of farm machinery is a good thing, for farming has long been a most-hazardous occupation.  A century ago, when farmers used steam-powered tractors to thresh their wheat, caution was necessary.  The high-pressure boilers that produced the steam to power threshing machines required strict safety procedures to prevent explosions.     Sadly, instantaneous deaths […]

  • RRV POWs

    On this date in 1990, eleven months after East Germany dismantled the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany reunited.  What many people don’t know is that during World War II, about 150 German prisoners were held in the Red River Valley. With so many men overseas, the U.S. was experiencing a labor shortage, especially on […]

  • Fear and Stereotypes of Gypsies in N.D., 1933

    The word “gypsies” conjures forth thoughts of wanderers, nomads and vagabonds drifting along, stealthily moving along highways and byways, living by their wits, as coppersmiths, basket-weavers, and horse-traders. The word “gypsy” carried darker tones among those who did not know them, with fears and prejudice predominating.  Many Americans stereotyped gypsies as beggars, scammers, fortune-tellers, and […]

  • Love’s Effects

    Most people have been through a bad breakup. Whether in middle school or later in life, almost everyone has had to suffer with heartbreak. Nobody enjoys a bad breakup, but they handle it differently. Unfortunately, the most spiteful seek revenge; and in this day and age, people can get particularly creative with that revenge. In […]

  • Emmons County Gets PWA Funding To Build A New Courthouse

    The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties in the U.S. considered worthy of preservation. The National Register lists sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, and culture. One of the National Register buildings in North Dakota is the Emmons County Courthouse in Linton, sixty miles southeast of […]

  • Ghana and North Dakota

    Bert and Ernie, Tom and Jerry, Sherlock and Holmes. These are typical names associated with strong partnerships, but North Dakota and Ghana? Being over 6,000 miles apart, people rarely associate these two countries, but they’re more closely related than you might think. In 2004, North Dakota and Ghana began an affiliation initiated by the State […]

  • Waterfowl Factory

    North Dakota’s skies teem with life when waterfowl migration begins in September. Half of North America’s waterfowl flock to the state where the Prairie Pothole Region is a jewel for ducks, geese and other birds. Last Saturday marked the start of the hunting season for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers for North Dakota residents. The […]

  • Stefan Popiel

    Stefan Popiel was born in 1907 and grew up in Poland.  He was the nephew of an early chess master, Ignatz von Popiel, and he took a liking to chess at an early age; he played in his first tournament at age 12. He went on to became the best chess player in the region […]

  • A Fight to the Death

    It was at 2 o’clock in the morning on this date in 1888 that a crowd of cowboys, gamblers and drifters crammed into a Grand Forks horse barn. They were there to watch prizefighter George Fulljames go up against an undisclosed opponent in a fight to the finish. Fulljames presumably needed the money – there […]

  • Dedication of New Sheridan County Courthouse

    The National Register of Historic Places honors buildings significant for architectural style or their connection with important people or events.  In the town of McClusky, which is right-smack-dab in the middle of North Dakota, there’s the Sheridan County Courthouse. It gained listing on the National Register in 1985, along with several other Art Deco courthouses, […]

  • Perpetual Motion Machine

    For many years, humankind has quested for a machine of perpetual motion, something mechanized that would not stop moving. The first documented attempt comes from the Indian author Bhaskara around 1159. The machine was a wheel with containers of mercury around its rim, which was supposed to always maintain weight on one side as it […]

  • Old Leipzig Born

    The railroad could make or break any town in North Dakota’s early years. New Leipzig can tell you that, born from a railroad bypass and a previous Leipzig. Little remains of Old Leipzig, located about eight miles north of Elgin, North Dakota. The tiny town did OK for itself early on, starting with a post […]

  • Yeggs Break Into Two Banks

    Yegg is an old slang term for a thief, especially a burglar or safecracker. On this date in 1923 that a North Dakota newspaper had this headline: “Safes Blown in 2 North Dakota Banks; Bandits Get $5,000 Loot – Vaults Damaged by Explosives: Currency, Silver and Liberty Bonds Taken by Yeggs.” Between 2 and 4 […]

  • Frank Briggs’ Birth

    An early North Dakota governor, who died a dramatic death, had a humble birth and upbringing in Minnesota. Frank Arlington Briggs was born on this date in 1858. He was the only son of his parents’ four children. His father Thomas was a carpenter, successful enough to acquire servants at one point. Briggs had worked […]

  • Red Gasoline Cans, 1909

    Oftentimes we look at everyday items and have little idea why those things are the way they are.  Take, for instance, the gasoline cans.  Why are they colored red? The answer comes from bygone days when kerosene lanterns were common. Kerosene was relatively safe, being somewhat less flammable than gasoline, but with the rising popularity […]

  • Lost and Found

    Two stories of the lost being found took place on this date in 1923. Our first story takes place in McLean County in a little town called Dogden, which was founded in 1906 along the Soo Line Railroad. The village got its name from a nearby landmark, Dogden Butte, which was favored by dens of […]

  • Ward County Fair

    On this date in 1922, the Ward County Fair opened its gates, and over the next four days, the populace poured in. The Ward County Independent wrote glowing responses to the fair, stating that it was “an unqualified success from every standpoint. It is very much better than anyone anticipated it could possibly be, considering […]