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  • The Spitball Pitcher for Grand Forks, Steve Morse

    A long time ago, pitcher Steve Morse was a “spit ball artist” for the Grand Forks Flickertails baseball team.     On this date in 1912, the Grand Forks Herald reported that Morse and the Flickertails had lost a tough game to Duluth, 6 to 4, but the paper didn’t blame Morse, saying the “young gentleman […]

  • Our July Editors’ Roundtable ~ Matt Olien on “Trainwreck” and “Amy”

    Friday, July 31 – Our monthly Editors’ Roundtable features news director Dave Thompson and special guests from news outlets across the state. Today’s guests are Ernie Schyder, a reporter with Reuters based in Williston, and Mike Jacobs, former editor and publisher at the Grand Forks Herald. ~~~ Matt Olien has two movie reviews: “Trainwreck” and […]

  • Trapshooting

    Trapshooting is one of three sports that involve shooting clay targets.  The sport can be traced back to 1750 in England.  The first American competition was documented in 1831.  Trapshooting was developed to provide practice for bird hunters.  Originally, live pigeons were used.  The sport is called trapshooting because the live birds were released from […]

  • “Encounters at the Heart of the World” ~ Tom Isern Essay ~ Chef Rosey on Corn

    Thursday, July 30 – Elizabeth Fenn has won the Pulitzer Prize for her history of the Mandan people, “Encounters at the Heart of the World.” Tomorrow she begins a book tour across North Dakota with stops in Jamestown, Washburn, Bismarck and Fargo. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Conversations with Walt.” ~~~ […]

  • Bertha Palmer

    As a listener, you’re likely a fan of radio and perhaps you’re from North Dakota, but even so, you probably haven’t heard of Bertha Palmer, a woman who was influential in both. Coming to North Dakota when she was two year’s old, she attended Devil’s Lake High School. After graduation, she served in various educational […]

  • Research Entomologist Stefan Jaronski ~ Horticulturist Ron Smith ~ Tribal Oil Development

    Wednesday, July 29 – Stefan Jaronski is a research entomologist at the USDA research facility in Sidney, Montana. He spends a lot of time with grasshoppers, in part to learn how to control them with non-chemical means. ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith responds to listener e-mails. ~~~ David Williams, CEO of Missouri River Resources, was one of […]

  • Perseid Meteor Shower and Pluto

    We are nearing the peak of what could be the best meteor shower of the year.  The earth is passing through the debris field of comet Swift-Tuttle from about July 17 to August 24. This is the Perseid Meteor Shower, and it should increase in intensity until it peaks the night of August 12-13 with […]

  • Black-eyed Susan

    Some of you have certainly noticed that the black-eyed Susans have been in bloom for some time now.  Perhaps like me, you may have wondered who Susan was, and how she had a black eye.  The “black-eyed” is an obvious reference to the dark disk flowers, although it is more dark brown than black.  As […]

  • Joseph Nicollet

    When Joseph Nicollet came to the United States from his native France in 1832, he arrived penniless and alone.  His promising scientific career had been interrupted by turbulent French politics, and he needed a new start.  He came up with a bold plan to map the Mississippi River Valley.  Lewis and Clark had reached the […]

  • “The Art of Bad Men” ~ Profile: Writer Bertram Lewis ~ Alison Ritter, Dept. of Mineral Resources

    Tuesday, July 28 – “The Art of Bad Men” is a new play based on interviews with former German prisoners of war. Joining us to discuss this original work is playwright Vincent Delaney and historian Mark Piehl. ~~~ Robyn Murray introduces us to Bertram Lewis, as we continue our series, “Lost Writers of the Plains.” ~~~ […]

  • Medicine Rock

    A welcome sign for the town of Gettysburg, South Dakota, reads, “Gettysburg: Where the Battle Didn’t Happen.” Actually, a skirmish did take place near here during the Civil War. It was a grisly episode of the Dakota War. It amazes me how little the public, outside of the state of Minnesota, knows about the Dakota […]

  • Conversations with Walt

    I’m in the middle of a long conversation with an old friend. It started about forty-four years ago. The old friend is Walter Prescott Webb, historian, author of the 1931 classic, The Great Plains. It should come as no surprise for people who know me to read that I talk with dead people. They are, […]

  • Sibley, the Sioux and Stony Lake

    Another page was written in the story of Generals Sully and Sibley’s Dakota expeditions on this date in 1863. In the wake of the battles of Big Mound and Dead Buffalo Lake, General Henry Hastings Sibley and his men were forced to camp in Burleigh County with exhausted animals on July 27. In pursuit of […]

  • Bakken Conference and Expo ~ Chuck Lura on the Northern Harrier

    Monday, July 27 – Doug Hamilton is on location in Grand Forks for the “Bakken Conference and Expo.” He visits with Luke Geiver, managing editor of The Bakken magazine, and Dean Bangsund, research scientist with the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at NDSU. ~~~ Chuck Lura has this week’s Natural North Dakota essay, “Northern […]

  • Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

    Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb traces the tumultuous relationship and argues against many of the established notions about the couple. Tune in Wednesday, August 5, at 8 pm CT.

  • The Machine Gun Boys

    On April 4, 1917, Congress granted President Wilson’s request for a declaration of war. 14,000 American troops arrived in Europe by June of that year.  In July, the Dickinson Press was full of war news.  The newspaper reported a danger of food and fuel shortages, blaming the “unusual conditions” resulting from the war.  The chairman […]

  • 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ News Discussion

    Friday, July 24 – Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here to discuss the act is Brenda Satrom, senior vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Northeast Human Service Center in Grand Forks. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Pioneer Girl.” ~~~ News Director Dave Thompson stops by with […]

  • North Dakota Road Maps

    Many an older North Dakota driver may recall a glove compartment filled with maps advertising their local gas stations.  These were gradually replaced by more colorful and fact-filled Official State Highway maps, and most recently by electronic versions.  But in the early 1920s, as the automobile gained popularity and motorists began traveling greater distances, few […]

  • Rugby’s Village Fair ~ Children and Obesity ~ Poet James Wolner ~ Chef Rosey on Durian Fruit

    Thursday, July 23 – Rugby’s Prairie Village Museum is holding it’s 30th annual Village Fair on Sunday August, 9th. It will feature music, pioneer demonstrations, Chippewa games, an art show, a photography exhibit and more. Joining us is executive director Cathy Jelsing. ~~~ One in six children in the US is now obese. Ashley Thornberg […]

  • The Wondrous Soil Of The Red River Valley

    The topography of the Red River Valley is very simple, it is VERY flat. The soil of the Red River Valley is perhaps not so well known as the topography, however. The soil underfoot is very deep and rich stuff, and it is the most fertile topsoil in North Dakota. This is because the valley […]