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2010

  • Prairie Public hosted the new PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, formerly known as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.
  • In February, Prairie Public hosted a free public screening of “A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson” at the Plains Art Museum.
  • In March, television premiered “Golfing Gems: The Best Small Town Courses.”
  • Prairie Public set up a facebook page and began making friends.
  • In April, “Homesteading” premiered—a Prairie Public television documentary that blends interviews with historians, stories told by descendants of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries.
  • Radio teamed up with the NDSU Dakota Memories Oral History Project to present a new collection in its German-Russian narrative series—”The Dirty Thirties: German Russians Remember.”
  • In March, longtime classical music voice at Prairie Public Duane Lee retired after nearly 25 years.
  • Prairie Public hosted a Prairie Region Teacher Training Institute to help strengthen curriculum through the innovative use of video and other technologies.
  • In June, Prairie Public premiered “Bill Guy: The Charisma of Competence” at theatres in Fargo and Bismarck.
  • In July, a camera crew from “Ask This Old House” spent time in Fargo filming a segment for the show. Prairie Public hosted a BBQ in front of the downtown studios.
  • In August, the StoryCorps mobile recording booth spent four weeks in Fargo recording conversations.
  • In September, Prairie Public welcomed “A Prairie Home Companion” to the Trollwood Theatre for a live performance.
  • Scott Prebys is hired as the new classical music host.
  • Prairie Public partnered to co-present “Eric Sevareid: A Public Humantities Symposium,” a four-day event with guests Bob Scheiffer and Dan Rather.

2011

  • In January, Prairie Public followed Senator Byron Dorgan through his day to film “Byron Dorgan in the Halls of Congress.”
  • The television programs Water: “The Lifeblood of Energy” and “Wetlands: The Drain Game” premiered.
  • In October, Minot State University hosted a reception to premiere “Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo.”
  • Television continued its partnership with the Energy and Environmental  Research Center to produce “Fish, Mercury and Nutrition: The Net Effects,” “Wetlands: The Drain Game,” and “Hydrogen: Nature’s Fuel.”
  • Television’s Salt of the “Earth” was produced with support from the North Dakota Department of Health, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Television premiered season twelve of “Painting with Paulson,” season nine of “Prairie Pulse,” and season two of “Prairie Mosaic” and “Prairie Musicians.”
  • Television and radio partnered to present “Minot: When the Waters Recede.”
  • Television premiered the documentary “Chuck Suchy: Sure Am Glad to be Around” and “Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s Young People’s Concert: Meet the Orchestra.”
  • Share A Story Family Literacy Events were held in Fargo, Killdeer, Mandan, Fargo, Jamestown, Bottineau, Greenbush MN, Fertile, Thief River Falls MN, and Frazee MN.
  • The television documentary “Steamboats on the Red” premiered.
  • Radio aired new German Russian narratives titled “German Russian Food Traditions” and “German Russian School Memories.”
  • In September, radio celebrated 30 years of great broadcasting with a reception in the Bismarck studio, and a tree was planted to commemorate the beginning of the next 30 years.

2012

  • Prairie Public traveled to the Perham, Minn, In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in February to host the “American Experience” Freedom Riders exhibit and discussion reception.
  • Prairie Public’s radio broadcasts became available anytime, anywhere with the free radio app designed for mobile devices.
  • In March, radio premiered a new Dakota Memories Oral History Interview project titled “German-Russian Folk Medicine: Old Docs, Prairie Women, and Healing Hands.”
  • Localore and the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc (AIR) chose Prairie Public as a radio partner to host “Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota.” The project funded independent producer Todd Melby’s one-year of reporting from ‘mancamps’ and oil patches in the western part of North Dakota.
  • Prairie Public premiered the television documentary “Mother Nature in Charge: Devils Lake Life Stories” with a public event on April 12 and a television premiere on April 17.
  • Midwest Archives conference, a regional professional archival organization, awarded Dakota Datebook its “Presidents Award.” This is the first time one of these awards has been given to an individual or organization in North Dakota.
  • On April 11, Prairie Public co-hosted “Read ND: An Evening with Chuck Klosterman” on the Bismarck State College campus.
  • Prairie Public’s education services department partnered with the North Dakota Geographic Alliance to host a teacher training institute titled “The Changing Face of North Dakota” on the campus of Dickinson State University.
  • Curious George, The Man in the Yellow Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, and The Cat in the Hat traveled to family literacy events in Kulm, Burlington, and West Fargo, ND, and Henning, Elbow Lake, and Mahnomen, MN.
  • Prairie Public completed work on a tower near Williston, ND, to provide improved service and an additional music format. Listeners in that area can now hear a playlist of roots, rock, and jazz on 89.5fm as well as classical music on 88.7fm.
  • Prairie Public premiered the television documentary “Faces of the Oil Patch” in May.
  • In May, “Hear It Now” host Merrill Piepkorn stepped away from the microphone to spend more time on stage with “Dakota Air: The Radio Show.” In November, Doug Hamilton took over as host of “Hear It Now” with Ashley Thornberg as special contributor.
  • Radio members gathered at Sweet Briar Lake near Mandan to plant trees in celebration of Prairie Public’s members.
  • Radio news director Dave Thompson’s report about slain officer Sergeant Steve Kenner and producer Meg Luther Lindholm’s “High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota” received Awards of Merit from the NW Broadcast News Association, and Thompson’s report was honored with a Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
  • In June, the radio staff was honored in the Associated Press’ 2012 Great Plains Broadcast Contest. Danielle Webster won an award for her story about The Kegs in Grand Forks, and Meg Luther Lindholm won awards for “High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota.” Later, in August, “High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota” was honored again with a “Best Multi-Media Presentation” award at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated annual conference.
  • In July, the television crew debuted a new season of “Prairie Musicians.”
  • In August, election coverage began, with live coverage of both national political conventions, and reports from the Prairie Public radio news team daily during news programming. Television taped and aired debates between all the major North Dakota candidates.
  • “When They Were Kings: The NDSU-UND Rivalry,” “A Conversation with Louise Erdrich,” and ”Key Ingredients” premiered in September.
  • A new documentary in the Germans from Russia television series debuted in October. “At Home in Russia, At Home on the Prairie” shows how a territory can endure in the mind of the descendants of those inhabitants after years, even after generations, have passed.
  • Buck Paulson was in the studio in October to record his tenth season of “Painting with Paulson.” He hosted workshops and a painting seminar for the public.
  • Whad’Ya Know broadcast live nationwide from Fargo in October.
  • Prairie Public hosted its first annual Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive and collected thousands of sweaters to distribute to those in need.
  • The television department was honored with the following awards in 2012: Aurora Awards: “Wetlands: The Drain Game”; “Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo”; “Fish, Mercury and Nutrition: The Net Effects”; “Water: The Lifeblood of Energy”; “Steamboats on the Red”; and “Faces of the Oil Patch. 2012 Communicator Awards: “Minot: When the Water Recedes”; “Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo”; “Fish, Mercury and Nutrition: The Net Effects”; “Water: The Lifeblood of Energy”; “Salt of the Earth”; and “Wetlands: The Drain Game.” Emmy Award nominations: “Steamboats on the Red”; “Faces of the Oil Patch”; and “Mother Nature In Charge: Devils Lake Life Stories.” Telly Awards: “Hydrogen: Nature’s Fuel”; “Minot: When the Water Recedes”; “Steamboats on the Red”; “Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo”; and “Wetlands: The Drain Game.”