A Lifetime Opportunity

It was quite an opportunity – manage a farm for two decades and then be given nearly 10,000 acres of land in return.  That was the decision facing this man…

Bonanza Farms

They were some of the largest farms on the continent.  Called bonanza farms, they stretched for thousand of acres and employed hundreds to till the ground.  The story of who owned them and how they were formed is a fascinating story…

Talking About Someone Famous For a Living

Did you ever meet someone famous and then tell everyone about your encounter?  That’s in a sense what Jack does for a living.  But it’s more than just telling a story about some well-known celebrity…

Making It on the Screen

How to you become a well known actor in Hollywood?  Well, that’s what Jack had to figure out, but it was his dream to head west and make a go of it on screen…

The Big Break

Sometime you just need a break, a stroke of luck, the ball to bounce your way.  Jack Stahlman got it.  He just happened to run into a man who could help him, but he had no idea who he was…

A Premiere Zoo in Rural America

We’ve probably all been to the zoo sometime in our lives.  It usually requires a drive to a large city to see it.  Not so here.  For the premiere zoo dates back over eight decades and it serves a town of under 10,000 in rural America…

A Big Fish Story

We’ve all heard of fish stories – maybe you’ve even told one.  But today I will tell you the biggest fish story of them all, because it is the biggest fish…

A Trading Network on the Northern Plains

It was the site of a vast trading network on the northern plains.  It’s history spanned forty years and today, this fort has been reconstructed to remind us of its importance…

The Knife River Indian Village

Two centuries ago, these villages contained more people than the city of St. Louis…yet only a handful of Europeans and Americans had ever seen them…


She is probably the most well known Native American woman in our country’s history…a lady vital to the success of an incredible journey two centuries ago…

An Aviation Pioneer

Carl Ben Eielson hailed from Hatton, North Dakota.  He was a pioneer in aviation and helped open the vast Alaskan territory to air travel.  It was his mission to use a plane to help people and explore the world.  His life would come to a tragic end in doing just that…..

The Hero from Hatton

Today we say hello to our listeners on 600 KSJB covering eastern and central North Dakota.  Folks there know of a hero who hailed from Hatton, North Dakota.  His amazing aviation feats are still in record books today…..

Scenic Route 14: The North Dakota Boy and the Top of the World

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 12.43.11 PMCarl Ben Eielson grew up in North Dakota, but his aviation career took him much further north than that. The latest edition of The Scenic Route takes a look at one of aviation’s great forgotten pioneers.

Beyond Bismarck: Five Fun Visits in North Dakota

Some may think North Dakota has few places to explore. I have found quite the opposite. While cities such as Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck hold plenty of interest, here are five places I love in the Dakota countryside. Remember, every place I discuss is a place I’ve visited, so I always provide my personal opinion.

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 8.55.34 AMThe Welk Homestead and Sitting Bull Burial Site
You could say these are “a one and a two” on the list. Sorry for the pun, but if you remember Lawrence Welk and his orchestra, it’s worth the time to visit the old homestead near Strasburg to see how it all began. Just a few miles away (but a long ways due to finding a crossing of the Missouri River) is the Sitting Bull Burial State Historic Site. Some say he’s actually buried in Mobridge, SD. Regardless, you can come here to learn more about the Native American leader.

320px-Enchanted_highway_fishEnchanted Highway (Regent to Gladstone)
This 32-mile stretch of highway will take you by the giant metal sculptures created by Gary Greff. Just look up some of the photos on the web. They are amazing, and a fun route on your way to/from your next location. (Check out the Real North Dakota site for a virtual tour of the highway.)
Theodore_Roosevelt_National_ParkTheodore Roosevelt National Park (Medora)
There are multiple units of this park, but most visit the site just off of the interstate. The area may remind you of the South Dakota badlands. Young Teddy spent 400 days of his life here. You can still see his cabin. Roosevelt once remarked, “If it were not for my time in North Dakota I would not have become president.” This is one of my favorite places in the nation, let alone the state. You can get more information about the park by following its Facebook page.
Captains'_Room_at_Fort_MandanFort Mandan and Fort Union
These locations are over 100 miles apart, but both are on the route taken by the explorers Lewis & Clark. The forts tell the story of their journey, but also the story of life before and after their visit. These are amazing locations to explore, especially for lovers of history.
Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 8.54.07 AMHatton-Eielson Museum (Hatton)
I must confess, I’d never heard of Carl Ben Eielson before coming to Hatton, ND. We could all learn much from the story of small-town boy who furthered himself through education and a love of flying. He accomplished a flight over the North Pole in 1928 and helped open Alaska to air travel. Come here to see one of his planes and learn more about the region.

The Aviation of Carl Ben Eielson

If you live in the states of North Dakota or Alaska and you quite likely have heard of Carl Ben Eielson.  His aviation firsts in the 1920s are still part of the curriculum for many elementary students there.  For the rest of us, it’s our first time to learn of an amazing individual who used a plane to help others…..

Fort Union

It was the site of a vast trading network on the northern plains. It’s history spanned forty years and today, this fort has been reconstructed to remind us of its importance…