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On this date in 1961, North Dakota native Roger Maris stepped up to the plate. A hush came over the crowd. Would the great Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs be broken? Spectators were on the edge of their seats, as they just might witness sports history. Roger Maris joined the New York Yankees [...]
The last week of the campaign had passed quickly, and tomorrow, the 1st of October, 1889, would hopefully change the political face of Dakota Territory forever. For the first time in almost three decades, the people would be free of the political yoke of territorialism, free of carpetbaggers, and free to chart their own destiny. [...]
Expanding the Northern Pacific rail line to the west was dangerous work in the 1870s, and the U.S. Army was ordered to Dakota Territory to provide protection. Fort McKeen was built in 1872 across the Missouri from Bismarck. The fort was expanded to include a cavalry post, and it moved five miles south, renamed Fort [...]
Nels Wold was born in the town of Winger in Polk County, Minnesota on December 24, 1895. This son of Norwegian immigrants would later move to Minnewaukan, North Dakota, and he ended up enlisting in the Army. Wold was a private in Company I, 138th Infantry, 35th Division and he saw action during the Meuse-Argonne [...]
The trip to France was supposed to be routine for the seven sisters of the Maryvale Convent located near Valley City. As Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, a French order, they were required to study at the motherhouse in Broons, a small town in northwestern France. The trip for sisters Edward, Annetta, Theresa, Corinne, [...]
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