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Nurse on Call


Time and babies wait for no man, beast, or inclement weather, a fact that can be a trial in North Dakota's winters.

On this date in 1946, just such a case occurred as an impatient stork delivered to a snow-blocked home.

It seems that an expectant mother was about to have her child, but was snowbound 11 miles northwest of Regan.

Answering the call was Bismarck County health nurse, Mildred McDonald. As the Ashley Tribune reported, she "substituted her immaculate uniform for a pair of grease-stained coveralls and took to the air." With the help of the manager of the Bismarck flying school, she arranged to fly to the mother's aid - long before medical flights would become routine.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker


The Ashley Tribune, February 14, 1946