Timeline North Dakota Return to homeFacts & Links: http://www.50states.com/ndakota.htm The area of North Dakota 70,665 sq. mi. and
its capital is Bismarck.
(WUD, 1994, p.984) 67Mil BC The remains of the
hadrosaur, dubbed Dakota and dating to about this time, were found
in 1999 by Tyler Lyson (17), on his uncle's ranch in North Dakota.
The partially mummified hadrosaur may be the most complete dinosaur
ever found, with intact skin that shows evidence of stripes and
perhaps soft tissue.
(Reuters, 12/3/07)(SFC, 12/3/07, p.A7)
6200BC The glacial lake Agassiz-Ojibway, body of
water so vast that it covered parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North
Dakota, Ontario and Minnesota, massively drained, sending a flow of
water into the Hudson Strait and the Labrador Sea. The sudden flood
of fresh water diluted the saltiness of the Gulf Stream weakening
(Econ, 9/9/06, Survey p.6)(AFP, 2/24/08)
1804 Aug 31, Lewis and Clark
held a council with local Sioux Indian chiefs in what is now eastern
(ON, 4/12, p.9)
1804 Oct 26, Lewis and Clark
accepted an invitation to camp for the winter near a cluster of
villages inhabited by the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians.
(ON, 4/12, p.10)
1804 Nov, Lewis and Clark hired
French-Canadian fur trapper Toussaint Charbonneau as an interpreter,
with the understanding that Sacagawea, who was only about 16 and
pregnant, would come along to interpret the Shoshone language. She
and another woman had been purchased by Charbonneau, who lived among
the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians, to be his wives.
(HN, 2/11/99)(HNQ, 12/1/99)
1805 Feb 11, At Fort Mandan ND
Sacajawea (16), the Shoshoni guide for Lewis & Clark, gave birth
to a son, with Meriwether Lewis serving as midwife. Sacagawea, the
young Native American girl who aided the Lewis and Clark Expedition,
was of the Lemhi Shoshones, who made their home in what is now
southeastern Idaho and southwestern Montana. About 1800 Sacagawea
was captured by a Hidatsa raiding party at the Three Forks of the
Missouri River. Sometime in 1804, she and another woman were
purchased by French-Canadian fur trapper Toussaint Charbonneau, who
lived among the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians, to be his wives.
(HN, 2/11/99)(HNQ, 12/1/99)(AH, 2/05, p.17)
1805 Apr 7, The Lewis and Clark
Corps of Discovery resumed their journey to the headwaters of the
(ON, 4/12, p.10)
1851 Sep 17, The Fort Laramie
Treaty was signed between the US government treaty commissioners and
representatives of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, Crow, Assiniboine,
Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations. The Sioux pledged not to
harass the wagon trains traveling the Oregon Trail in exchange for a
$50,000 annuity. The treaty did not last long. Some 12,000 American
Indians gathered at Fort Laramie for a peace council with the US.
The government agreed that 12 million acres of the Mandan, Hidatsa
and Arikara Indians would remain free of settlement (eastern
Montana, northeastern Wyoming and western North Dakota). In 1949
Congress authorized a forced relocation to build the Garrison Dam in
North Dakota. In 1986 Martin Cross won a settlement of $149.2
million for the unjust taking of reservation land. In 2004 Paul
VanDevelder authored “Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the
Trial that Forged a Nation."
p.43)(SSFC, 8/29/04, p.M5)
1861 Mar 2, The Territory of
Nevada was created by an act of Congress. The first elected governor
of the state was Henry G. Blasdel. US Congress created the Dakota
& Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)(SC,
1883 The US Supreme Court ruled
that the Dakota Territory court had no jurisdiction in a case in
which a member of the Lakota nation killed a fellow member on tribal
land. The decision overturned a death sentence and effectively gave
exclusive jurisdiction for crimes to tribes. In 1885 US Congress
passed the Major Crimes Act taking away the tribes’ authority to
prosecute serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter and rape.
(WSJ, 8/13/07, p.A12)
1885 Mar 3, The United States
Congress passed the Major Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 1153). It placed
seven major crimes under federal jurisdiction if they are committed
by a Native American in Native territory regardless of whether the
victim of the crime was Native.
1889 Feb 22, President
Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington
state to the Union. The "omnibus bill" was an act dividing the
Dakota Territory into the states of North and South Dakota, and
enabling the two Dakotas to formulate constitutions. A
constitutional convention was held at Bismarck beginning July 4,
1889. A constitution was formulated and submitted to a vote of the
people of the State of North Dakota on October 1, 1889, and was
1889 Jul 4, North Dakota
founders began drafting a constitution but left out a key
requirement that the governor and other top officials take an oath
of office, putting the state constitution in conflict with the
federal one. In 2011 State Senator Tim Mathern introduced a bill
fixing the mistake that will be put to voters.
1889 Nov 2, North Dakota became
the 39th state.
(HFA, '96, p.42)(AP, 11/2/97
1897 The Red River in Fargo
North Dakota crested at 39.1 feet. The record was broken in 1997.
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.A3)
1908 Mar 11, Lawrence Welk,
orchestra leader, was born in Strasburg, ND.
(HN, 3/11/98)(MC, 3/12/02)
1908 Mar 22, Louis L’Amour
(d.1998), American author, was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He
wrote 116 western novels.
(HN, 3/22/97)(USAT, 6/10/98, p.1D)(MC, 3/22/02)
1908 Chase Lake, about 60 miles
north of Bismarck, ND, was established as a protected area by Pres.
Theodore Roosevelt, to save a dwindling number of pelicans from
hunters. The colony, down to 50 breeding pairs, peaked in 2000 with
some 17,500 pairs on the 4,385-acre site.
(SFC, 7/13/04, p.A2)
1909 Jan 22, Hariette Lake (aka
Ann Sothern, d. 2001), film and TV actress, was born in Valley City.
(SFC, 3/17/01, p.A23)
1910 A statue to Sacagawea was
erected on the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. In
2003 a replica of the statue was erected in the Capitol Rotunda in
Washington, DC. The Hidatsa tribe preferred her named spelled as
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A2)
1913 Mar 1, The 1st state law
requiring bonding of officers and state employees was enacted in
1919 The Bank of North Dakota
was founded in Bismarck to lend money to farmers. As a state owned
bank the states Legislature had the authority to tap the bank’s
profit to fund government programs during tough times.
(SFC, 12/18/11, p.D2)
1920 May 26, Peggy Lee
(d.2002), jazz singer, was born in Jamestown, ND, as Norma Dolores
(HN, 5/26/01)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A2)
1921 North Dakota Republican
Gov. Lynn Frazier was recalled in the midst of an agricultural
recession. Frazier was elected to the US Senate in 1922 and served
for 18 years.
(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A1)
1929 Syrian Muslims built the
first mosque in America in Ross, North Dakota.
(AH, 4/07, p.31)
1933 Nov 11, The first of the
great dust storms of the 1930s hit North Dakota.
1936 Feb 15, The temp hit -60ø
F (-51ø C) in Parshall, North Dakota for a state record.
(440 Int’l., 2/15/99)
1941 Mar 15, A blizzard in
North Dakota killed 151. [see Mar 16]
1941 Mar 16, A blizzard hit
North Dakota and Minnesota killing 60. [see Mar 15]
1954 The 600-square-mile
Garrison Dam in North Dakota, authorized by Congress in 1949, was
completed. It covered the ancestral lands of Mandan, Hidatsa and
(SSFC, 8/29/04, p.M5)
1959 Feb 4, In Fargo, N.D.,
Bobby Vee (15), aka Robert Veline, and the Shadows performed in
public for the first time. The audience had come to see Buddy Holly
and the Crickets. Rock-n-roll stars, including Dion and the
Belmonts, traveled by bus from Iowa to Fargo in order to perform in
nearby Moorhead, Minn.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A24)(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A16)
1980 Sep 15, A B-52H bomber
carrying nuclear-armed AGM-69 missiles experienced a fuel leak in
its number three main wing tank and caught fire on the ground at
Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota.
1983 Jun 3, Gordon Kahl
(b.1920), a militant tax protester wanted in the slayings of two US
marshals in North Dakota, was killed in a gun battle with law
enforcement officials near Smithville, Ark. Kahl was a former member
of the anti-tax Posse Comitatus movement founded in 1969 by Henry L
1987 Nov 17, Richard McNair
(28) killed Jerome Theis, of Circle Pines, Minn., during a burglary
at a Minot, North Dakota, grain elevator. Richard Kitzman, an
elevator employee, was shot three times but survived. McNair was
convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but escaped a number of
times. In 2007 he was again captured in New Brunswick, Canada.
1988 Jun 10, Author Louis
L'Amour died in Los Angeles at age 80. He wrote 116 western novels.
L’Amour trained troops in survival and later fought in the European
theater in tank destroyers. His early life was filled with the same
type of adventures that he wrote about. Due to economic problems and
an adventuresome spirit, L’Amour left his Jamestown, N.D., home when
he was 15 and spent the next several decades tramping the West and
sailing the world. He worked at just about everything that would
keep him alive. His writings was just beginning to be published when
the war started.
(AP, 6/10/98)(USAT, 6/10/98, p.1D)(HNQ, 7/15/01)
1988 Basin Electric Power
Cooperative of Bismarck, ND, paid the US government $85 million for
the Dakota Gasification Co. of Beulah, which had begun as a $1.5
billion public-private venture under the Carter administration to
turn reduce US dependence on Middle East oil.
(SFC, 10/15/03, p.A4)
1992 In Regent Gary Greff began
erecting metal sculptures along a 32 mile stretch from I-94. His
"Enchanted Highway" came to include the "Tin Family," "Teddy
Roosevelt," giant pheasants, a 40-foot tall rooster and a 30-foot
(WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A1,9)(SFC, 9/13/99, p.A3)
1995 Len Kretchman and David
Geske of Fargo, ND, developed the Uncrustable sandwich, a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich sealed in a pocket of bread. Smucker Corp.
bought their company and received a patent for the sandwich in Dec,
(WSJ, 4/5/05, p.B1)
1996 Sep 11, Grasshoppers
plagued North Dakota. The insects were a problem in Wyoming, Montana
and Nebraska. Another dry summer and it was predicted that they
would spread to Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
(SFC, 9/11/96, p.A2)
1997 Apr 17, The Red River in
Fargo, North Dakota, was to have crested at 39.5 feet, surpassing
the 1897 record. Snow and freezing rain over a 3 day period led to
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.A3)(SFC, 4/2/99, p.A3)
1997 Apr 19, The Red River
broke dikes in Grand Forks, N.D. and sent nearly half of the 50,000
population into evacuation. Damages were estimated at over $1.5
(SFEC, 4/20/97, p.A1)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.39)
1998 Apr 14, The Grand Forks
Herald of North Dakota won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the
1997 flood and fire despite a damaged printing plant.
(WSJ, 4/15/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 10, A heavy snow storm
hit the northern Midwest. Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas
suffered loss of power, heavy snow and violent winds.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Global Electric MotorCars
(GEMs) began production in Fargo. The 72-volt electric motor cars
could cruise at 25mph and go 35 miles between charges.
(SFC, 8/7/00, p.A19)
1999 North Dakota Gov. Edward
Schafer signed a law that allowed farmers to seek permits from the
FDA to grow hemp. In 2007 two North Dakota farmers filed a lawsuit
to force the DEA to issue permits to grow hemp.
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A15)(Econ, 6/23/07, p.40)
2001 Oct 24, A blizzard hit
North Dakota and Minnesota. The 10 inches of snow broke a 1926 Grand
Forks record. The blizzard killed 6 people in the Midwest with 4
dead in North Dakota car crashes.
(WSJ, 10/25/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/26/01, p.D8)
2002 Jan 18, A train carrying
anhydrous ammonia fertilizer derailed near Minot. The liquid turned
to gas upon contact with air and one resident died from inhaling the
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 20, Bismarck received
a record 5.4 inches of snow.
(SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A20)
2002 Jul 22, North Dakota's
Gov. John Hoeven was headed to Cuba to promote trade of peas, wheat
and other foods to the communist island from his state. It was only
the 2nd visit to Cuba by a sitting American governor in some 40
2003 Apr 3, The N. Dakota state
Senate voted to keep a 113-year-old law that made it a crime for
unmarried couples to live together.
(SFC, 4/4/03, p.A7)
2003 Nov 22, North Dakota
student Dru Sjodin (22) was last seen at the Grand Forks, ND, mall,
where she worked. Her body was found the following April near
Crookston, Minn. Suspect Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., released from prison
6-months before the murder, pleaded innocent to kidnapping resulting
in Sjodin's death. In 2006 a jury found Rodriguez (53) guilty of
kidnapping and killing Sjodin and was sentenced to death. North
Dakota’s last execution was in 1905.
(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A13)(AP, 11/22/04)(SFC,
8/31/06, p.A7)(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A3)
2003 Dec 1, Alfonso Rodriguez
Jr. (50), described by authorities as a predatory sex offender was
arrested in Crookston, Minn. He was charged with kidnapping in the
disappearance of Dru Sjodin, a North Dakota college student,
abducted Nov 22, while talking on her cell phone.
2004 Apr 17, The body of
University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin (22) was found in a
ravine northwest of Crookston, Minn. She was last seen Nov 22 at the
Grand Forks, ND, mall, where she worked. Alfonso Rodriquez was
arrested in Dec. and investigators matched DNA in blood in his car
(AP, 4/18/04)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A13)
2004 Nov 2, John Hoeven (R) was
elected governor of North Dakota.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)
2005 Apr, Canada, backed by
Minnesota and other states, provinces, environmental groups and
Indian leaders, asked for a year-long expedited review by the
International Joint Commission on a $25 million plan by North Dakota
to take water from land-locked Devils Lake to the nearby Sheyenne
River with the goal of stabilizing the lake at current levels. The
water would ultimately drain into Manitoba's Lake Winnipeg, the
world's 10th largest freshwater lake.
2005 Jul 1, In North Dakota a
14-mile, $28 million drainage channel, from Devil’s Lake to the
Sheyenne River, was scheduled to open, but it was held up by heavy
(Econ, 7/16/05, p.34)
2005 Aug 18, It was reported
that an anthrax outbreak had killed hundreds of cattle in parts of
the Great Plains, forcing quarantines and devastating Dakota
ranchers who worry how they will recover financially. Two ranches in
Texas were quarantined last month after anthrax was found in cattle,
horses and deer.
2005 Nov 29, Broad areas of the
Dakotas remained shut down by the Plains' first blizzard of the
season, with highways closed by blowing, drifting snow and thousands
of people without electricity as temperatures hit the low teens.
2006 Jan 13, North Dakota State
University's North Central Research Center, Basin Electric Power
Cooperative and other partners described plans for a station in
Minot to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles using wind power.
2006 North Dakota Sen. Byron
Dorgan authored “Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and
Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Our America."
(Econ, 1/9/10, p.32)
2006 In North Dakota a drought
wiped out 10% of the value of the state’s wheat crop.
(Econ, 6/28/14, p.24)
2006 North Dakota’s population
stood at about 637,000 people, down a high of some 681,000 reached
during the Great Depression.
(WSJ, 12/1/06, p.A1)
2007 Feb 8, A federal judge in
Fargo, N.D., sentenced Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to death for the
slaying of college student Dru Sjodin.
2007 Feb 17, In North Dakota
More than 8,900 people flapped their arms and legs on the state
Capitol grounds in an attempt to reclaim the record, which was
snatched away about a year ago in Michigan. The snow angel category
was created in 2002 when 1,791 people made snow angels on the
Capitol grounds in North Dakota.
2008 Jan 28, The US Senate
confirmed former North Dakota Gov. Edward Schafer as secretary of
(WSJ, 1/29/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 3, Barack Obama sealed
the US Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton did not
give up yet, but said she’d be interested in the No. 2 spot. Obama
won the Montana primary, while Clinton won the South Dakota primary.
(AP, 6/4/08)(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A1)(Econ, 5/31/08,
2008 Jun, The watchdog group
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW)
complained that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)
had received “sweatheart" mortgage deals from Countrywide while they
were chairmen of Senate committees. Both men were cleared by a
Senate ethics committee in 2009.
(SFC, 8/8/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 6, North Dakota Gov.
John Hoeven reported a budget surplus and plans to grow reserves to
between $800 million and $1.2 billion.
2009 Mar 25, North Dakota
officials issued an urgent call for volunteers to help with
sandbagging as record amounts of water poured into the Missouri
River and evacuations were ordered in riverside areas.
2009 Mar 27, In North Dakota
the Red River rose to a daunting 112-year high and breached one of
the dikes fortifying Fargo, but the mayor pledged to "go down
swinging" as he called for more evacuations and additional National
Guard troops to prevent a devastating flood.
2009 Mar 28, In North Dakota
the Red River crested at 12:15 a.m. at 40.82 feet, more than 22 feet
above flood stage.
2009 Mar 29, In North Dakota
the bloated Red River briefly breached a dike, pouring water into a
school campus and the Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker called it a "wakeup
call" for a city that needs to be vigilant for weaknesses in levees
that could give way at any time.
2009 May 25, In Alabama
prisoners Joshua Southwick (26) and Ashton Mink (22) were mistakenly
allowed outside a prison by a worker who thought they were kitchen
trusties. On June 6 they were arrested after a nearly 14-hour
standoff on a ranch in North Dakota. Also taken into custody were
two women who authorities said helped the men escape: Angela Diana
Mink (25) and Jacquelin Rae Kennamer Mink (25) Mink's sister and
2009 Nov 3, In North Dakota 3
female Dickinson State Univ. softball players were found dead after
their sport utility vehicle went into a pond on a farm during a
stargazing trip on Nov 1. Authorities said they likely drove
straight into the water in the dark.
2010 Apr 8, The North Dakota
Supreme Court ruled that the Board of Higher Education had the
authority to dump the Univ. of North Dakota “Fighting Sioux"
(SFC, 4/9/10, p.A8)
2010 Sep 22, It was reported
that North Dakota’s Devil’s Lake, called a slow-growing monster, has
steadily expanded over the last 20 years, swallowing up thousands of
acres, hundreds of buildings and at least two towns in its rising
2010 North Dakota counted some
641,000 residents, or about .02% of the US population.
(Econ, 2/13/10, p.33)
2010 Ethane concentrations in
the atmosphere began increasing after decades of decline. In 2016
researchers said gas fields in the Bakken Formation in Montana and
North Dakota were responsible for the increases in the air
(SSFC, 5/1/16, p.A10)
2011 Jan 28, In Minot, North
Dakota, a mother, her 2 children and her boyfriend were found dead
at a home and trailer.
(SFC, 1/29/11, p.A6)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)
2011 Jun 24, In North Dakota
the Souris River swamped as estimated 2,500 homes in Minot as it
soared nearly 4 feet in less than a day. More than a quarter of the
city’s 40,000 residents had evacuated earlier this week.
(SFC, 6/25/11, p.A6)
2012 Feb 10, In North Dakota
the vice president in charge of overseeing a foreign students
program resigned following a report that the school had awarded
hundreds of degrees to foreign students who did not earn them.
(SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A14)
2012 Mar 6, Ten US states voted
in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential
frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum
in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other
contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont,
Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won
North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his
home state of Georgia.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)
2012 Jul, In North Dakota Halek
Operating ND LLC was fined for putting drinking water at risk by
illegally dumping over 800,000 gallons of oil-field wastewater into
a former oil well and then attempting to cover up the crime.
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.E5)
2013 Mar 22, North Dakota
lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion altogether in the
state by passing a so-called personhood resolution that says a
fertilized egg has the same right to life as a person. The House's
approval sends the matter to voters, who will decide whether to add
the wording to the state's constitution in November 2014.
2013 Mar 26, North Dakota Gov.
Jack Dalrymple signed legislation that that would make North Dakota
the nation's most restrictive state on abortion rights, banning the
procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that can
happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
2013 Nov 16, In North Dakota
Craig Cobb was arrested along with Kynan Dutton over accusations
they were brandishing firearms and sticks and threatening residents
in the town of Leith. The white supremacists were charged on Nov 18
with terrorizing residents of Leith, where Cobb had sought to create
a white enclave. On April 29, 2014, a state judge sentenced Cobb to
four years probation but no additional jail time.
(Reuters, 11/18/13)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2013 Dec 30, In North Dakota a
mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed 5 miles from Casselton.
As many as 20 cars caught fire.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 30, The US FAA
selected six states (Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas
and Virginia) to test how drones can be more widely used in US
airspace. 24 states had competed for selection.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2014 Apr 16, US District Judge
Daniel Hovland overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when
a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into
pregnancy, and before many women know they’re pregnant. On May 14
the state filed an appeal on the ruling.
(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A7)
2014 May 1, In North Dakota
Andrew Sadek (20), a student at North Dakota State College, went
missing. His body was found on June 27 in the Red River, not far
from where he attended school. He had died of a gunshot wound and
had been a confidential informant for a drug task force.
2014 Jun 6, In North Dakota
seven couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s
constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making it the last state in
the country to be sued by couples seeking the right to marry in
their home state.
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 13, Pres. Obama spoke
at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota promoting the
need to help reservations create jobs. Some 63% of able workers at
Standing Rock were unemployed. The 2.3 million-acre reservation was
home to some 850 residents.
(SFC, 6/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 3, The US Air Force
fired two commanders and disciplined a third for lapses and
misbehavior at intercontinental ballistic missile bases in North
Dakota and Wyoming.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A7)
2015 Jan 5, In North Dakota a
school bus collided with an empty freight train after it failed to
yield at a rail crossing. The bus driver and a student (17) were
killed and 12 others injured.
(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A5)
2015 May 6, In North Dakota an
oil train derailed and ten cars caught fire near Heimdal.
(SFC, 5/7/15, p.A8)
2015 May 7, In North Dakota
jurors in Bismarck found Sanjay Williams (25) of Jamaica guilty of
conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering for his role in a
lottery scam that cost victims millions of dollars around the
country. About a dozen other defendants were awaiting extradition
(SFC, 5/8/15, p.A6)
2015 May 26, In North Dakota US
airman Marcell Willis (21) opened fire with a handgun killing one
worker and injuring another before killing himself early today at a
Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks.
(AP, 5/26/15)(SFC, 5/27/15, p.A14)
2016 Jun 7, The last major
primaries of the 2016 White House race kicked off in California,
Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hours
after US delegate counts showed Hillary Clinton clinching the
(AP, 6/7/16)(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A1)
2016 Nov 15, The companies
behind the Dakota Access Pipeline asked a US court to intervene in
the fight over its completion as demonstrators fanned out across
North America to protest the controversial project.
2016 Nov 18, Kelcy Warren, CEO
of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said that the Dakota
Access oil pipeline won’t be rerouted, but that he would like to
meet with the head of an American Indian tribe to try to ease its
concerns about the project.
(SFC, 11/19/16, p.A7)
2016 Nov 20, In North Dakota
months-long protests over an oil pipeline came to a head in
sub-freezing temperatures this evening, as hundreds of protesters
tried to push past a police barricade on Backwater Bridge. They were
met with what appeared to be tear gas, water cannon spray, and
2016 Nov 26, In North Dakota
organizers of the protest against the Dakota Access pipeline said
they will not follow a government directive to leave the federal
land at the Oceti Sakowin camp. A day earlier they receiving a
letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers that said all lands north
of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access on Dec 5 for
(SSFC, 11/27/16, p.A10)
2016 Dec 4, The US Army Corps
of Engineers turned down the request for an easement for the Dakota
Access Pipeline to build under the Missouri River, after months of
protests from Native American and climate activists. ETP said it
will continue to fight for the line.
2016 Dec 14, US Pres. Barack
Obama signed into law the Northern Border Security Review Act. It
was introduced by Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
(Econ 6/3/17, p.25)
2016 Dec 25, Almost all of
North and South Dakota were under blizzard, ice storm or winter
storm warnings as wintry weather was forecast to hit the Central US.
2016 Dec, In North Dakota a
rupture of the Belle Fourche Pipeline near Belfield was later
believed to have been caused by a slumping hillside. On March 24,
2017, estimates of the spill were tripled to about 530,000 gallons.
(SFC, 3/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 24, Pres. Trump signed
executive actions to accelerate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access
pipeline projects and to decree that American steel should be used
for pipelines built in the United States. Trump invited Keystone
builder TransCanada to resubmit its application to the State
Department for a presidential permit to construct and operate the
(Reuters, 1/24/17)(SFC, 1/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 1, The US Army Corp of
Engineers said it had taken initial steps to review requests to
approve the final permit to finish the controversial Dakota Access
pipeline, which has been the focus of protests for months.
2017 Feb 7, The US Army said
that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to
cross under a Mississippi River reservoir in North Dakota.
(SFC, 2/8/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, The Native American
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a last-ditch legal challenge to
block the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project after the
company constructing it won federal permission to tunnel under the
2017 Feb 15, Pope Francis
insisted that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any
economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that
conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a
$3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.
2017 Feb 22, In North Dakota
opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline burned structures in their
camp near Cannon Ball as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a
government deadline to get off of federal property.
(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 27, In North Dakota
the body of Savanna Greywind (22) was found in the Red River in
Fargo. She was eight months pregnant when last seen on August 19. On
August 24 police found a newborn baby and arrested suspects Brooke
Crews (38) and William Hoehn (32) for kidnapping. On Dec. 11 Crews
pleaded guilty in the killing of her neighbor. In Feb. 2, 2018,
Crews was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A4)(SFC,
2017 Dec 4, A US federal judge
ordered Energy Transfer Partners LP to coordinate with local tribes
and the Army Corps of Engineers to create an oil-spill response plan
for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline by next April, a
decision he said will allow oil to keep flowing and prevent spills.
2018 Jul 10, In North Dakota a
tornado killed a seven-day-old baby and injured more than two dozen
people when it ripped through a trailer park in the southwest part
of Watford City.
2018 Sep 29, North Dakota's
Bismarck Tribune reported that 67 male students at the National
Power Academy in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, have enrolled in a three-year
energy training program run by BSC, after months of negotiations.
2019 Apr 1, In North Dakota
four people were found dead at a property management business in
Mandan. Chiropractor Chad Isaak (44) was arrested on April 4 on
suspicion of killing the owner of the business and three employees.
In 2021 Isaak was sentenced to four life terms in prison.
(SFC, 4/2/19, p.A5)(SFC, 4/6/19, p.A6)(SFC,
2019 Jul 26, In North Dakota
the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, at the center of tumultuous protests
against the Dakota Access pipeline, unveiled a solar farm that came
about partly due to the tribe's fierce opposition to the oil
pipeline's environmental impact.
2019 Jul, In North Dakota a
policy change let people with low-level marijuana convictions in the
state petition to have their records wiped clean if they avoid
unlawful behavior for five years.
2019 Oct 7, William Hoehn,
whose life sentence was overturned in the death of a North Dakota
woman whose baby was cut from her womb, was re-sentenced to 20 years
in prison for his role in the 2017 attack on Savanna Greywind, whose
2019 Oct 29, In North Dakota an
oil leak was detected late today in the Keystone pipeline near
Edinburg, a tiny community northwest of Grand Forks. An estimated
9,120 barrels of crude oil spilled from a leak.
(Good Morning America, 11/1/19)
2019 Dec 5, A federal judge in
McAllen, Texas, temporarily blocked a plan for a construction firm
favored by President Trump to build a privately-funded segment of
border wall along the banks of the Rio Grande River. Fisher
Industries of North Dakota, recently won a $400 million federal
contract to construct 31 miles of barrier along the border near
Yuma, Ariz. President Trump has urged the Army Corps of Engineers to
hire the North Dakota–based firm, whose head is a major Republican
donor and a frequent guest on Fox News.
(Yahoo News, 12/6/19)(SFC, 12/13/19, p.A9)
2020 Jan 9, A North Dakota man
who allegedly told a neighbor he had a bomb and indicated he would
harm anyone who tried to enter his condominium died after he was
shot by tactical officers in an exchange of gunfire.
2020 Mar 10, Five US states
(Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho) held
Democratic primaries, while North Dakota held a caucus. 352
delegates were up for grabs.
2020 Mar 25, A US federal judge
ordered the US Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full
environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three
years after it began carrying oil in June, 2017.
(SFC, 3/26/20, p.A3)
2020 Apr 6, South Dakota, Gov.
Kristi Noem issued a limited stay-at-home mandate that applies only
to people in the two hardest-hit counties who are older than 65 or
who have chronic health conditions. North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and
Arkansas were the only US states where no one is under a
2020 Apr 16, North Dakota
Governor Doug Burgum issued guidelines for reopening the state as
soon as May 1, according to a statement from his office.
2020 May 27, In North Dakota a
police officer was killed while serving an eviction notice in Grand
Forks. Salamah Pendleton (41) opened fire on two officers. One
officer was killed and a woman was found shot to death inside the
home. Pendleton was shot and wounded.
(SFC, 5/29/20, p.A4)
2020 Jun 1, In North Dakota a
shooting early today left two airmen dead at the Grand Forks Air
Force Base. No one else was involved in the two fatalities.
(AP, 6/1/20)(SFC, 6/3/20, p.A4)
2020 Jun 12, It was reported
that North Dakota is making sweeping cuts to state agencies in a bid
to stem the financial bleeding from a historic oil price collapse
sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, and a battered farm economy
still struggling with the fallout from the US-China trade war.
2020 Jul 6, A US District Court
ordered Energy Transfer LP to shut and empty the largest pipeline
from the North Dakota shale oil fields within 30 days, in a big win
for the Native American tribes who have fought the line's route
across a crucial water supply. In August a federal appeals court
reversed the order.
(Reuters, 7/6/20)(SFC, 8/7/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 3, North Dakota-based
Fisher Industries won another contract, valued at $289 million, to
build 17 more miles of border wall in Laredo, Texas. US Sen. Kevin
Cramer, has championed the company to Pres. Donald Trump. The
Republican senator has received donations from the company.
(SFC, 8/4/20, p.A4)
2020 Sep 12, It was reported
that coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than
anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks
and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided
the worst of the pandemic.
2020 Oct 13, North Dakota
officials recorded a sixth straight day of record COVID-19 cases.
517 positive tests And 12 deaths in the last 24 hours put the
state's total cases at 4,600 and 357 deaths.
(SFC, 10/15/20, p.A8)
2020 Oct 16, North Dakota
confirmed 877 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 more deaths. In
total the state has confirmed 30,000 cases and 388 deaths.
(SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A9)
2020 Nov 7, It was reported
that North Dakota and South Dakota have the nation's worst rate of
deaths per capita over the last 30 days. Despite advances in
treating COVID-19 patients, hundreds more people have died in recent
weeks than during any other period — a grim exclamation point on the
virus outbreak slamming the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
2020 Nov 13, North Dakota
became the 35th US state to require face coverings be worn in
public, as governors across the country grapple with a surge in
coronavirus infections that threatens to swamp their healthcare
systems. North Dakota has critically understaffed hospitals and the
highest per capita rates for new coronavirus cases and deaths in the
US. Gov. Doug Burgum put in place a mask mandate and new limits on
(Reuters, 11/14/20)(NY Times, 11/15/20)
2021 Mar 4, The North Dakota
House voted 69-25 to expel Rep. Luke Simmons (43) for threatening
and sexually harassing women at the state Capitol.
(SFC, 3/5/21, p.A10)
2021 Oct 26, The North Dakota
Department of Health switched off comments on its social media
accounts, saying it was doing so to combat the spread of
(SFC, 10/27/21, p.A5)