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Did You Know That: Donaldson first North Dakota-born flying ace PressPass

The first North Dakota-born flying ace is credited with downing eight German airplanes in a span of less than 50 days during the summer of 1918.


Did You Know That: ‘Slim Jim’ hailed from farm near Binford PressPass

One of the most popular entertainers in the Upper Midwest was born and raised on a farm near Binford, N.D.


Did you know that: Mystery enshrouds history of Sakakawea PressPass

To me, the best-known woman enshrouded in the greatest amount of mystery in American history has to be Sakakawea.


Did You Know That: Early Fargo settler forced to leave Legislature PressPass

The first person to run for U.S. Congress from what is now North Dakota is also the only known person to be forced to surrender his seat in the Legislature, on two occasions, because of balloting irregularities.


Newspaperman, Granville native Lee Hills stuck to his principles PressPass

One of the most transformational newspapermen in U.S. history was born in Granville, N.D.


Did You Know That: Lynn Frazier went from football field to political arena PressPass

Lynn Frazier was a star player and captain of the outstanding 1899 University of North Dakota football team. From 1923 to 1941, he was a U.S. senator from North Dakota and, from 1917 to 1921, served as the state’s governor.


Did You Know That: Former North Dakotan 'beamed up' Capt. Kirk PressPass

It was a former North Dakotan, not Scotty, who “beamed” Capt. James T. Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise during almost every episode of “Star Trek” in the 1960s – or at least, it was Bowman’s Jim Rugg who created the illusion that Kirk’s body was being reconstituted inside the transformer of the Enterprise.


Did You Know That: The misguided later life of the Marquis de Mores PressPass

When the Marquis de Mores abandoned his efforts to establish a large meat processing center in Medora, Dakota Territory, in 1886, “the newspaper’s conservative estimate was that he and his investors had lost $1.5 million.”


Eriksmoen: The rise and fall of Mores’ meatpacking empire PressPass

Most of the wealthy businessmen who conducted large-scale enterprises in northern Dakota Territory lived outside what is now North Dakota.


Eriksmoen: Marquis de Mores generated headlines in 1880s PressPass

The man who attempted to make western North Dakota a national center for supplying processed beef was also called “the most celebrated duelist of his day.” It has been reported that he even challenged Teddy Roosevelt to a duel, a challenge that was declined.


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North Dakota tutors gave Teddy Roosevelt 'most important education'

In a 1910 speech, former President Theodore Roosevelt claimed that the time he spent living in a ranch house in Dakota Territory was “the most important educational asset of all my life.” His primary tutors were William Merrifield, and Joe and Sylvane Ferris. Through them, Roosevelt learned the importance of preservation, how to run a large business operation, quickly ascertain a person’s character and survive under the most challenging circumstances. Roosevelt arrived in Medora on June 9, 1884. He was pleased with Sylvane and Merrifield, who managed his herd of 300 cattle at the Maltese Cross Ranch.

Eriksmoen: Barroom trivia started in Grand Forks 40 years ago PressPass

Let’s start with a trivia question: What regularly scheduled event attracts millions of participants every week and is played in thousands of bars and nightclubs across the U.S. and Canada?


Eriksmoen: North Dakota ski jumper’s dreams of gold dashed PressPass

Four days before the start of the 1928 Olympics, Casper Oimoen of Minot, N.D., was notified that he could not participate because of a mistake on his citizenship papers.


Did you know that: Olympic history lays with Bismarck Capitol building PressPass

A person whose accomplishments are observable both on the inside and outside of the state Capitol in Bismarck is America’s first great ski jumper.


Eriksmoen: Founder of Fargo’s first paper had tough luck as legislator PressPass

In 1872, it was announced that, “for the first time,” citizens of the northern part of Dakota Territory would be allowed to participate in a territorial-wide election.

Did you know: ND-born journalists changed the industry PressPass

One of the most remarkable journalists in American history was born in North Dakota.


Did you know that: Background of UND’s Sprague diverse PressPass

DId you know that: Rosamond Thoe's three unique views of ND government PressPass

Did you know that: Capt. Weir and the Battle of Little Big Horn PressPass

Did you know that: Excessive drinking, PTSD plagued Thomas Weir PressPass

Not all of the fatalities of the Battle of the Little Big Horn took place on the battlefield. After the defeat of George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876, Lt. Thomas Weir went into a deep depression (now defined as post-traumatic stress disorder) and died Sept. 28, three months after the battle.