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Did You Know That: Flasher, ND, native, veteran spy, got little recognition from US

A mercenary soldier born in Flasher, N.D., operated a spy-ring in Japanese-occupied Shanghai from 1937 until his capture and imprisonment Nov. 5, 1942.

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Did You Know That: Frank Gravino was feared at the plate, on the mound

The most feared slugger ever to play professional baseball for a North Dakota team was a former pitcher.

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

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.

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

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

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Did you know that: Mystery enshrouds history of Sakakawea

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

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

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.

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Newspaperman, Granville native Lee Hills stuck to his principles

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.”

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Did You Know That: ND author wrote with a focus on environment, natural landscapes

One of those most responsible for getting young people to appreciate the wild animals that inhabit our continent grew up on a farm near Velva, spending countless hours observing the wildlife of the area.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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