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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]