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Minot is again talking about establishing a curbside recycling plan.

It’s the only one of North Dakota’s four largest cities without a recycling program.

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma said a few years ago, the city was ready to launch a program. The city even purchased equipment to make it easier for city crews, and bought the special receptacles.

"Then the recycling market fell into the tank when China said, 'We don't want your garbage any more,'" Sipma said in an interview with Prairie Public.

She was a “charming lyric soprano” with a “voice like a nightingale.” Her name was Nora Fauchald and she was a noteworthy Norwegian-American singer and vocal teacher for fifty years. And for several of those years, she was a soprano soloist with the legendary band of John Philip Sousa.

General David Jones was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on this date in 1978. Born in South Dakota, he was raised in Minot, where a winter storm helped him choose his life’s path. It was during the late 1930s when Army Air Corps planes on their way to Alaska made an emergency landing in Minot because of a snowstorm. David went with a group of students to talk with the pilots and observe the planes. The instruments and controls were impressive, but when Jones sat in a pilots’ seat, destiny called.

North Dakota is full of stories, and today’s story is about plowing up a fortuitous fortune.

In 1916, on a farm 6.5 miles north of Blaisdell, a hired man named Wallace Henkel chanced upon a small fortune in gold coins, silver coins, and paper money.

On this date in 1922, the Ward County Independent informed readers that the Boy Scouts were in winter quarters at Spoklie Hall, a camp west of Minot on the Mouse River. The camp was a generous donation from the Spoklie family. Ole Spoklie was one of the earliest pioneers in the Minot area. He arrived in 1882 with his wife, three children, and a yoke of oxen. He built the cabin the following year. After nineteen years at that location, Spoklie relocated to a ranch seventeen miles south of Minot. He and his son Alf decided the Boy Scouts could make good use of the old family homestead.

Radio broadcasting captured the imagination of Americans in the decade after the founding of first radio station, KDKA in Pittsburgh in November, 1920. In North Dakota, the first radio station was started in 1922 by visionary Earl Reineke, who established WDAY in Fargo.

On this date in 1911, the Ward County Independent reported that Lucky Bob St. Henry had presented a spectacular exhibition at Minot. Several thousand people gathered at the Minot fairgrounds to watch Lucky Bob take to the air in his Curtis biplane named “Sweetheart.” Described as “the brave bird man,” Lucky Bob brought the first flight to the Minot area.

“Dean of the Alcan Highway” was the nickname given to Albert Herda of Minot after he became the first trucker to haul commercial freight from the Upper Midwest to Alaska over the Alaska-Canadian Highway in 1947.

The Alaska, or Alcan, Highway had been built in only 8 months in 1942 and 1943, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to counter a possible Japanese overland invasion in World War II. Spanning 1,450 miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska, across 5 mountain ranges, it became an all-weather, gravel-surfaced roadway, opened to non-military traffic just after the war ended.

Lt. John M. Joyce

May 3, 2018


John M. Joyce was born in Minot on November 15th, 1944, a little over two months after World War II ended. While Joyce missed that conflict, he came of age during another: the Vietnam War.

James Scofield

Feb 13, 2018



On this date in 1929, residents of Ward County mourned the loss of James H. Scofield, a long time resident and pioneer of the state. He passed away just a few days earlier from a heart condition, following a bout with influenza, marking the end of a prosperous and varied life.