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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]