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 By Merry Helm    Features    May 4, 2020

Dakota Datebook: May 04, 2020

Upright Sleeper May 4, 2020 — We’ve all heard about talking in your sleep – and many of us do. And then there’s sleepwalking, which afflicted pilot Carl Ben Eielson the night before he’d set out on any new adventure. But today’s story is...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    April 27, 2020

Dakota Datebook: April 27, 2020

First Monarchs April 29, 2020 — On this day in 1931, the King and Queen of Siam were treated to a state dinner with President Hoover at the White House. They were the first absolute monarchs to ever visit the United States, and the first Asian...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    April 20, 2020

Dakota Datebook: Advice

April 22, 2020 — In April 1910, the Hansboro News offered the following advice: Here are a few things a gasoline engine will and will not do. They will not run backwards; sometimes they won’t run forward either. If they won’t run either way...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    March 16, 2020

Dakota Datebook: Movie Fargo

March 20, 2020 — On this weekend in 1996, the movie “Fargo” premiered at the Fargo Theatre. It went on to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards that year, and news agencies descended on Fargo to cover the history-making night....

 

Dakota Datebook: Ole Saves Christmas

December 25, 2019 — In her book, “Nothing to Do but Stay,” Carrie Young tells the story of her Uncle Ole, a Norwegian bachelor farmer living next to her family’s farm near Williston. Ole was never accused of being a go-getter. The oldest of...

 

Dakota Datebook: Joe Milo and Willie Ross

Joe Milo and Willie Ross Dec. 11, 2019 — On this day in 1914, a Bottineau prisoner was raising money so his body wouldn’t be used for science. At the time, Joe Milo was facing a death sentence for his part in a double murder at Lansford. Because...

 

Dakota Datebook: Roy Rogers

November 11, 2019 — On this date in 1950, the results of Bismarck’s Sears-Roebuck safety slogan contest were in. The winner was a 10-year-old from Ft. Lincoln, for his slogan, “Go Slow or You’ll Go – Fast.” His award was a gold-colored...

 

Dakota Datebook: Dr. Paul Burton

Nov. 4, 2019 is the anniversary of the death of Dr. Paul H. Burton. He came of age during the days of making house calls on horseback. Burton was born at Boscobel, Wisc., on July 16, 1876, and studied medicine at the University of Minnesota. During...

 

Dakota Datebook: Ghost Story

Oct. 31, 2019 — Today is Halloween, a good day for ghost stories, and North Dakota has no shortage of them. Legends have been floating around for years of the “Kindred Lights,” the “Grim Reaper” in a Baptist church near Fredonia, the “Fat...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    October 7, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Caffeine and Fur Coats

October 8, 2019 — In October 1913, the following ad was in the local papers: Wanted! Perfectly healthy men and women who will voluntarily submit to an experiment which may lead to temporary or permanent impairment of health, or possible death....

 

Dakota Datebook "Angie Dickinson"

Sept. 30, 2019 — Today is the birthday of legendary actress Angie Dickinson. Her given name was Angeline Brown, but the name for which she is better known came from her first husband, semi-pro football player Gene Dickinson. Angie was born in...

 

Dakota Datebook: Bungled Train Robbery

Sept. 27, 2019 — This date in 1897 was an inglorious day for a young group of would-be train robbers. The previous night at about midnight, westbound Train No. 1 was late in arriving in Fargo. The Bismarck Tribune reported: “The delay was due to...

 

Dakota Datebook: Sept. 16, 2019

The McClellan Saddle Sept. 17, 2019 — The saddle issued to the 7th Cavalry – the one to which Custer belonged – was developed by General George McClellan during the period of the Civil War. His design was unique in that the saddleback was open...

 

Dakota Datebook: Long-haired Morgan

Long-haired Morgan During this week in 1884, a post office was established at Morganville on the old Bismarck-Ft. Stevenson stage route. In actuality, Morganville was nothing more than a farm located on the west edge of what is now Beulah, in Mercer...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    August 26, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Fingal Enger

Aug. 27, 2019— It was during harvesting in 1913 that Fingal Enger was caught in a downpour. He wouldn’t go inside until he was certain that all the wagons were in and every horse properly tended, and he ended up catching pneumonia. It was a hard...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    August 5, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Where is Pembina?

August 5, 2019 — In 1816, Congress passed a law that stated, “Licenses to trade with the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States shall not be granted to any but citizens of the United States unless by express direction of the...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    July 22, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Journey of the Highgate Mastodon

Journey of the Highgate Mastodon July 23, 2019 — In the spring of 1890, William Regcraft found some bones while digging a ditch on his uncle’s farm, one mile from Highgate, Ontario. A hardware merchant named William Hillhouse bought the bones,...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    July 8, 2019

Dakota Datebook:Finding Fen-Phen

July 8, 2019 — It was on this date in 1997 that CNN broke the news that the miracle combination of diet drugs known as fen-phen was causing leakage in users’ heart valves. What many don’t know is that the first person to figure it out was a...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    July 1, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Rodeo in Sanish

July 4, 2019 — When the waters of Lake Sakakawea are down, the former townsite of Sanish sometimes resurfaces. Back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, Sanish was the place to be for rodeo fans. A group of enthusiasts held a meeting at the Sanish...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    May 27, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Belhammer saves child

May 31, 2019 — Gordon Keeney was aboard the steamboat Dakota when he witnessed a dramatic rescue attempt by a burly German immigrant. Seventy-six years later, Keeney’s written account was published in the Fargo Forum. In 1874, the Dakota was...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    May 13, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Syttende Mai

May 17, 2019 — Happy Syttende Mai! An old article in the Hansboro News explains that May 17 is the “anniversary of the rise of modern Norway among the nations as an independent, self-governing kingdom...” The year the article was written was...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    May 6, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Mr. Giveaway and Mother's Day

Mr. Giveaway May 6, 2019 — McLean County is named for John A. McLean, the first mayor of Bismarck. Today we’re talking about one of his sons, Harry, who was born in Bismarck in 1883 and died May 1, 1961. Young Harry had guts and a whole lot of...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    April 29, 2019

Dakota Datebook: State Hospital Opens and Broste Rock Museum

State Hospital Opens by Merry Helm May 1, 2019 — On this day in 1885, the North Dakota Hospital For The Insane at Jamestown was opened. Its corporate seal featured the three figures of Faith, Hope and Charity, with the caption: "But The Greatest...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    April 22, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Old Maid Teachers? and Snakes, Preachers and Fire Festivals

Old Maid Teachers? by Merry Helm April 24, 2019 — In April 1895, the “Minto Journal” proudly reported that the land office in Grand Forks had, in one week, recorded 69 people filing for land and 11 proving up, accounting for a total of 13,000...

 
 By Merry Helm    Features    April 15, 2019

Dakota Datebook: Herbert Wilson, Fort Berthold Doctor

April 15, 2019 — Doctor Herbert Wilson was born in Bethel, Vt., on this date in 1921. Wilson was a physician at Fort Berthold for 43 years. Of his self-dedication, Dr. Wilson says he was a product of his times. His college education was...

 

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