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Today’s story has its roots—so to speak—in the subtropics that covered most of North Dakota 60-million years ago. It was the Paleocene Epoch, during which time palm trees, redwood trees, sycamores, magnolia and bald cypress trees provided habitat for turtles, crocodiles, champsosaurs, alligators and many other exotic animals. Fast-forward to modern-day North Dakota. For […]
In 1920, the Minot Parks Board was laboring to establish tourism and park services throughout Minot. The effort was paying off, as the Ward County Independent boasted that “Minot, although a city of less than 15,000 people, is well in the lead in the state on account of the size and beautify of the park […]
The namesake of Fargo, North Dakota was born on this date in 1818 in Pompey, New York. William Fargo quit school at the age of thirteen, working as a store clerk, a mail carrier, and a baker. In 1844, he helped establish the nation’s first express mail service. In 1850, three such firms consolidated to […]
Today is the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, who was born in 1890. Trained in the Soviet Union, he rose to become the communist ruler of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today also marks the anniversary of the day in 1972 that Captain David Mott became a prisoner of war in Ho Chi Minh’s […]
In May of 1930, F. A. Maser, proprietor the Glen Ullin Pharmacy, placed an ad in the local newspaper stating that he had received a limited number of new cameras and rolls of film from Kodak, and that he would be giving these cameras away to any lucky girls or boys who turned twelve in […]