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Eriksmoen: North Dakota teachers became prominent national figures

October 8, 2011 in INFORUM

Former North Dakota K-12 teachers have made major impacts on the national stage. I have written about seven nationally prominent people whose early careers were as teachers in this state. If you know of others, please let me know at the email address listed at the end of the article. Continue Reading

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Eriksmoen: North Dakota’s Freeman ahead of time, warned of energy crisis

September 24, 2011 in INFORUM

The North Dakotan who invented the head-bolt heater and who is recognized for bringing electricity to rural areas of the state was also one of the first to warn the country about a serious energy crisis in the future.
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Eriksmoen: Man helped bring electricity to rural North Dakota

September 17, 2011 in INFORUM

The man considered most responsible for bringing electricity to rural North Dakota also invented the most significant automotive accessory for people starting their vehicles on frigid winter days. Continue Reading

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Eriksmoen: Older Capone was Prohibition agent

September 10, 2011 in INFORUM

The oldest brother of Al “Scarface” Capone was a government agent put in charge of keeping alcohol off Indian reservations in the Dakotas during Prohibition. No one in the Dakotas, including his wife, knew that Sheriff Richard “Two-Gun” Hart was born with the name Vincenzio “James” Capone. Continue Reading

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Eriksmoen: ‘Father of Fargo’ recognized for greatness

August 20, 2011 in INFORUM

Few individuals have had a greater impact on the development of a state’s major city than Jasper Chapin had on Fargo.
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Eriksmoen: Civil War officer launched North Dakota banks

August 6, 2011 in INFORUM

North Dakota “is blest with a larger number of banks per capita than any other state in the Union.” Continue Reading

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Did You Know That … Award-winning country star born in Grand Forks

July 30, 2011 in INFORUM

The first female country singer to appear regularly on network television was a teenager born in Grand Forks.
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Eriksmoen: FBI strengthened by actions of man from North Dakota

July 2, 2011 in INFORUM

Next to J. Edgar Hoover, perhaps the man most responsible for creating the FBI as an independent agency was a man who grew up in North Dakota.
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Eriksmoen: Fugitive from North Dakota was once called ‘Public Enemy No. 1’

June 25, 2011 in INFORUM

The man J. Edgar Hoover listed as “Public Enemy No. 1″ on Sept. 29, 1933, grew up in North Dakota.
But the FBI didn’t bring down Verne Miller. Instead, he was murdered two months later by other members of the criminal underworld. Continue Reading

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Eriksmoen: Fugitive from North Dakota was once called ‘Public Enemy No. 1’

June 25, 2011 in INFORUM

The man J. Edgar Hoover listed as “Public Enemy No. 1″ on Sept. 29, 1933, grew up in North Dakota.
But the FBI didn’t bring down Verne Miller. Instead, he was murdered two months later by other members of the criminal underworld. Continue Reading