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Eriksmoen: Man from North Dakota pioneered audio-visual technology PressPass

Few people have participated in as many projects that pioneered the cutting edge of audio-visual technology as a man from North Dakota.

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Eriksmoen: North Dakota businessman’s help led to 140 lives saved PressPass

In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed and co-produced the movie “Schindler’s List,” making the country aware of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist credited with saving the lives of more than 1,200 Jews in the mid-1940s.

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Eriksmoen: Man who rescued Jews loved prairie, people of North Dakota PressPass

A man born in Germany was possibly the greatest promoter of North Dakota during the 20th century.

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Eriksmoen: Valley City man instrumental in creating greater ND chamber PressPass

A Valley City businessman was instrumental in the creation of the Greater North Dakota Association (now the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce) and the Valley City Winter Show.

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Eriksmoen: Journalist organized ND Constitutional Convention in 1889 PressPass

According to sources outside of North Dakota, one man was most responsible for organizing the 1889 North Dakota Constitutional Convention and providing the state with “one of the shortest and most succinct constitutions in the nation.” These sources state that John Rea not only organized the convention, he also “drafted the constitution adopted by North Dakota when it became a state in 1889.”

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Eriksmoen: Influential reporter in 1870s became editor in Fargo PressPass

One reporter broke the news to the nation about the two most frustrating attempts of the U.S. military during the 1870s: the efforts of the Army to capture the Indians under Sitting Bull and under Chief Joseph.

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Did You Know That: ND politician may have been first to campaign with song PressPass

It is my impression that successful politicians and music are often linked. During last year’s presidential campaign, we remember that on several occasions President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Herman Cain suddenly burst into song.

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Eriksmoen: Record-setting pitcher played baseball in North Dakota PressPass

The man who threw the first official pitch in the American League was also the first pitcher to win an American League game. This record-setting hurler spent three years playing baseball in North Dakota.

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Eriksmoen: Man of firsts in Minnesota was second white North Dakotan PressPass

The second white man to become a permanent resident of North Dakota (Joseph Rolette was first) also became the holder of a number of original records in another state.

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Eriksmoen: Accusations during WWI tore small communities apart PressPass

During World War I, North Dakota was a hotbed of accusations, and several people were charged with violating the recently passed Espionage Act.

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Eriksmoen: North Dakota teachers became prominent national figures PressPass

Former North Dakota K-12 teachers have made major impacts on the national stage. I have written about seven nationally prominent people whose early careers were as teachers in this state. If you know of others, please let me know at the email address listed at the end of the article.

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Eriksmoen: Older Capone was Prohibition agent PressPass

The oldest brother of Al “Scarface” Capone was a government agent put in charge of keeping alcohol off Indian reservations in the Dakotas during Prohibition. No one in the Dakotas, including his wife, knew that Sheriff Richard “Two-Gun” Hart was born with the name Vincenzio “James” Capone.

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Eriksmoen: ‘Father of Fargo’ recognized for greatness PressPass

Few individuals have had a greater impact on the development of a state’s major city than Jasper Chapin had on Fargo.

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Eriksmoen: Award-winning country star born in Grand Forks PressPass

The first female country singer to appear regularly on network television was a teenager born in Grand Forks.

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Eriksmoen: North Dakota National Guard pilot, UFO in dogfight over Fargo PressPass

An aerial dogfight between a pilot of the North Dakota Air National Guard and a UFO took place in the skies over Fargo on Oct. 1, 1948.

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Eriksmoen: Radcliffe was first black to manage white baseball team PressPass

Five members of the Major League Hall of Fame played professional baseball in North Dakota: Happy Chandler in Grafton, Satchel Paige in Bismarck and Minot, Hilton Smith in Bismarck, Willard Brown in Minot, and Willie Stargell in Grand Forks.

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Eriksmoen: North Dakota's Carl Ben Eielson left mark all over world PressPass

The North Dakotan who owns the most world records is also the person born in the state who has the most structures and geographic landmarks named in his honor.

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Eriksmoen: Pilot Eielson a hero in Alaska as well as in North Dakota PressPass

The first pilot to fly over the North Pole was killed 18 months later when his plane crashed while he was trying to rescue passengers and cargo from a ship that was lodged in the ice off the shore of Siberia. Carl Ben Eielson was also the first airmail pilot in Alaska and Atlanta. Not only is Eielson a hero in North Dakota, but Alaska honors him as one of their own.

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Eriksmoen: North Dakota boat captain transported soldiers, Sitting Bull PressPass

The riverboat captain who brought wounded soldiers back from the battlefield at the Little Big Horn in 1876 was responsible, six years later, for bringing Sitting Bull to the Standing Rock Reservation.

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Eriksmoen: Famous author saved riverboat pilot’s life PressPass

The man called the “finest riverboat pilot who ever lived” claimed that his life was saved early in his career by the wise decision of his boatmate and good friend, Sam Clemens.

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