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Airplanes, invented by the Wright Brothers in 1903, were considered novelties as World War I began in 1914, but they rapidly became deadly combat weapons. Airplanes were initially used for reconnaissance, and pilots from both sides respected each other as fellow “knights of the air,” flying chivalrously above the killing fields. But as their countrymen […]
The problem of caring for the downtrodden poor has plagued civic government in North Dakota since territorial days. The essential question was how to care for widows, orphans and elderly persons in poverty who had no family members to properly provide for them. In the time of the Progressive Era, 1900-1917, state governments developed a […]
Herman Fjelde came to North Dakota from Norway. He practiced medicine for more than 21 years. But he is better known for his cultural efforts than his medical career. Fjelde did not want Norwegian immigrants to forget where they came from. He was the driving force behind many of the sculptures in Fargo, including the […]
/media/dakotadatebook/2015/jul/01.mp3 A heartbreaking deadline arrived on this date in 1953. Residents in towns along the Garrison Reservoir were required to evacuate by July 1 as the reservoir’s rising waters swallowed up surrounding land. The effects of the rising reservoir were devastating. Over 150,000 acres of river bottomland were lost, and towns such as Independence, Charging […]
When Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed office in 1933, more than 13 million Americans were out of work. But North Dakota was arguably the hardest hit of the 48 states. From 1929 to 1938 North Dakota received less than 20 inches of rain per year, well below average. The depression was severe, but it would […]