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In July of 1911, an overnight trip took a downward turn when a Northern Pacific train was held up. It occurred as the train passed through Tower City; three men described as being of medium height and wearing polka-dot handkerchiefs, went through the sleeper cars of the train and systematically woke up all the passengers, [...]
The Constitutional Convention had gotten off to a slow start. It was not until the 11th Day of the convention that the first resolution or file was introduced. Even then, procedural problems plagued the session and hampered any significant progress. Using language found in the constitutions from other states, delegates introduced possible articles, but often [...]
Morgan T. Rich established the first settlement at Wahpeton on this date in 1869. This was not Mr. Rich’s first visit to the area however. Earlier, in 1864, he had passed through the area on a trek from Ft. Ridgeley, in Minnesota, to what is now Helena, Montana. General Sully and 4,000 cavalry and mounted [...]
It has never been easy to be a farmer in North Dakota. One of the biggest problems can be a lack of rain. North Dakota averages of 17 inches of rain per year, making it one of the driest states. Studies of tree rings show that drought has been a problem in the area since [...]
On this date in 1939, the people of North Dakota were planning for North Dakota’s 50th anniversary of statehood. A large celebration would be held in Bismarck near the end of August, on the 21st through the 25th. Included in the plans were parades, remembrances of early settlers, and the production of commemorative wooden quarters. [...]
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