Teen dies while protecting younger siblings during blizzard

March 16, 1920Center, North DakotaHazel Miner (15) dies while protecting her younger siblings Myrdith and Emmet (8 and 10 respectively) during a massive blizzard The morning of March 15 seemed “fairly nice” and the locals of Center did not assume a blizzard was heading into the area. By the afternoon, heavy wind and snow began…

Man kills wife with hammer after an argument

October 2, 1931Harvey, North DakotaSophia Everlein-Bentz is killed by her husband Jacob Bentz Sophia (45) and Jacob (49) had both recently lost their first spouses to illness, and it was suspected Jacob convinced Sophia to marry him — despite the pair knowing each other for a brief time — to have access to the $75,000…

Drunken college students invade sleepy town, cause riot

May 9, 1969 Zap, North Dakota College students begin their spring break in-state, wreaking havoc and eventually being dispersed by the National Guard 2 days later The event was organized by Chuck Stroup, a student at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Zip to Zap, as it was called, was intended to bring spring break…

Family murdered over argument involving a dog biting a cow

April 22, 1920 Turtle Lake, North Dakota Henry Layer kills his neighbors, 5 of their 6 children, and a chore boy following an argument Layer had visited the Wolf farm with a complaint regarding Wolf's dog biting one of Layer's cows. Wolf eventually demanded Layer leave, grabbing a double-barreled shotgun and loading it in front…