Dakota Datebook: Dakota Territory skunk prank
September 26, 2022
Skunks are not native to Norway, therefore many settlers to North Dakota had never seen nor heard of one, and most significantly, had never smelled one. A popular joke was to invite a newcomer to chase one, letting them discover later this animal’s particular charm.
Through correspondence in Norway with relatives already in North Dakota, John O. Haugen had heard of the infamous skunk joke bef...