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On this date in 1926, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican reported the second arrest of Norris Forrest. Forrest was the “Lone Wolf” burglar of Minot, North Dakota. He had been arrested and committed to the Ward County Jail, but he quickly broke out and disappeared. He was considered quite notorious. A reward of $300 […]
Around this time in the fall of 1914, new Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel opened for traffic. The Great Northern Railway had begun construction in 1912 as part of its Montana Eastern Railway, a line that was never finished. The lift bridge spans the Yellowstone River south of its confluence with the Missouri – […]
On this date in 1996, a journalism legend died in New York. He was Edward K. Thompson, a recipient of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1968. Thompson was born in 1907 and grew up in St. Thomas, ND, where his father had a dry goods store and later a banking business. Thompson’s […]
When settlers began arriving in the Turtle Mountains in the 1880s, they discovered the only densely wooded area for miles. The Turtle Mountain forest was a ready source for building materials, fence posts, and fuel. As the railroad moved into the area, there was a demand for wood as rail ties. At first, the supply […]
By the fall of 1945, the Second World War was over. All of the Axis powers had surrendered. Troops began to return home. More goods were becoming available. Life was slowly returning to normal. The country seemed to heave a sigh of relief at the thought of living in a world at peace. But not […]