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The turn of the century is a time defined by snow for Grand Forks. If the blizzards, storms and flooding of 1996-97 weren’t enough, the autumn of 2001 packed another punch. On this date in 2001, Grand Forks was digging out from 11 inches of snow that fell the day before. The early winter storm […]
Pyromania is the urge to set and watch fires. It’s not about setting fires for material gain or to try to hurt anyone. Instead, the pyromaniac is simply fascinated by fires, and feels compelled to light and watch them. During the fall semester of 1958, Jamestown College was plagued by a series of unexplained fires […]
In 1929, America’s economy was devastated. The Great Depression had begun, and would continue for the next decade. Manufacturing companies cut production by 50 percent. Stock values plummeted. Sears stock dropped for $181 to $10. By 1932, 12 million people had lost their jobs — one quarter of the country’s workforce. While the entire country […]
Today we share another Datebook chapter on the life of Professor E.F. Ladd of the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo. He was a major proponent of purity in consumer goods. The Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University grew out of Ladd’s interest in the purity and effectiveness of paint. […]
Murders in North Dakota aren’t as numerous as most states, but the early years weren’t pretty, as North Dakota’s first archivist described in a speech before a federal judge on this date in 2000. Frank Vyzralek’s address touched on the changing penalties for murder in North Dakota, starting with the penal code adopted by Dakota […]