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  • Taking on the American Legion

    When the United States entered the war, a grand promise was made: America would “darken the skies of Germany” with a vast air armada. In 1917 the War Department asked Congress for $640 million with the assurance that the planes would arrive at the front by May 1918. Congress approved the appropriation, the largest single […]

  • New Book about Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ Rep. Keith Ellison ~ Santa Run

    Monday, December 4 – Caroline Fraser has written “Prairie Fires, The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” It fills gaps in Wilder’s autobiographical writings, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records. Fraser joins us from Iowa City, one of the stops on her book tour.  ~~~ The Takeaway is launching a series on the future […]

  • North Dakota’s Plymouth Brethren

    Almost 200 years ago in the 1800s, multiple groups of Christians came together in Dublin, Ireland to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. They didn’t want ministers or orders of service, but only the word of the Bible. From this gathering, the Plymouth Brethren was born, not an official denomination, but a network of like-minded Christian churches. […]

  • Our Monthly Editors’ Roundtable ~ Matt Reviews “The Florida Project”

    Friday, December 1 – Our monthly Editors’ Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson and special guests, Christopher Bjorke, Grand Forks Herald news editor; and Tony Bender of several central North Dakota papers, like the Ashley Tribune and Wishek Star. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Florida Project.”

  • Executive Order

    In 1864, the Northern Pacific railroad was first chartered, and granted land extending out 40 miles each way from the proposed route. But this encroached upon the territory of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes. Rather rerouting the railroad, Northern Pacific drew up a resolution requesting a reduction in reservation lands. Dan Huston, the commanding […]

  • Milken Educator Adam Gehlhar ~ Cities vs. Farm Runoff ~ Chef Rosey on Lima Beans

    Thursday, November 30 – The Milken Educator Awards are considered the “Oscars of teaching.”  Among this year’s honorees is Adam Gehlhar, principal at Jamestown High. He joins us to discuss the approaches to education that caught the eye of the Milken Family Foundation. ~~~ Commentary from Bruce Berg: “Jamestown College to the University of Jamestown.” ~~~ […]

  • Four Bears Bridge

    If you’ve ever been around the Fort Berthold Reservation, you may have driven across the Four Bear Bridge, although you were probably not aware of its long and rich history.  It began with the Mandan, Hidasta, and Arikara tribes. Since the 15th century they lived in the river bottomland. When the Fort Berthold Indian reservation […]

  • American Indian Oral Traditions ~ Medora Musical Christmas Special ~ Consent Laws

    Wednesday, November 29 – Dr. Donald Fixico of Arizona State University joins us to discuss his new book, “That’s What They Used to Say, Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions.”  The book offers insight into the oral traditions at the heart of native cultures. ~~~ A Magical Medora Christmas is on the road, touring in Montana, […]

  • Badgers

    We’ve been cussing badgers around our house this fall–ever since that day, out hunting sharptails with Little Angie the History Dog, I stepped into a badger hole, hyperextended my knee, and did a little number on my MCL. The only good thing about the whole episode is this nifty cane I can shake at whippersnappers, […]

  • McIntosh County Historical Society

    On this date in 1967, the McIntosh County Historical Society was formed.  The first ten years were difficult as the founders struggled to gain broad membership. But the tide turned in 1977 when the county received a grant of $143,000 to construct a Heritage Center. The land was donated by the heirs of two original […]

  • Horticulturist Ron Smith ~ Randi Kay Essay ~ “It’s a Wonderful Life” Radio Play

    Tuesday, November 28 – Horticulturist Ron Smith is here not only to answer your late season yard and garden questions, he’s also ready to discuss those indoor plants and gardening gift ideas. ~~~ Managing time is no easy task. Self-care coach Randi Kay wants to help. From her Simple Self-Care podcast, she shares an essay, Time […]

  • Calmer Times

    Early in September of 1917, as the units of the North Dakota National Guard awaited orders, the Fargo Forum published an editorial cautioning the citizens of North Dakota that now was the time to address the feelings toward friends and neighbors who were German immigrants.  It stated that, “… they were now enjoying a moment […]

  • Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive provides warmth to those in need

    Fargo, N.D., December 1, 2017 —Prairie Public is hosting the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive to help spread some warmth through our neighborhoods. December 1-15, people are encouraged to donate new and gently used sweaters for children and adults at Gate City Bank locations in the United States and at Cambrian Credit Union locations in […]

  • STEM Mentoring ~ Moorhead Native Wins Student Oscar ~ Bullying Prevention ~ Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive

    Monday, November 27 – With Giving Tuesday coming up, we profile one of the many organizations being supported by voluntary contributions.  uCodeGirl founder Betty Gronneberg joins us to talk about the organization’s new STEM mentorship program called “Crack the Code.” 42 girls age 12-18 are currently being mentored by 42 women working in various technology […]

  • The Passing of a Pioneer

    On this date in 1908, the Bottineau Courant announced that Ole Vinje had died. Ole was one of the interesting early immigrants from Europe who came to Dakota Territory. He was born in Norway in 1858. He grew up in Snaasen where he lived with his parents and four brothers. After his father died in […]

  • A Poet’s Grief Journey ~ The Dharma of Food ~ Decolonizing Your Diet

    Friday, November 24 – The oral history project StoryCorps promotes a retail-free alternative to Black Friday. They call it Day of Listening. Often, listening is most important, when it’s hard, like when someone is going through an intensely difficult time. Carol Kapaun Ratchenski shares poems from her book, A Beautiful Hell, about her son’s death. […]

  • Beavers As Pests, 1916

    The most important animal in North America in the 1700s was not the mighty grizzly-bear, nor was it the stampeding buffalo.  Instead, the most-important animal in colonial America was the lowly beaver.   Beaver pelts were profitably used to make felt hats in Europe, and fur companies sent out Native Americans to trap beavers, and […]

  • Native American Ghost Suppers ~ An Essay on Snow ~ Raising Thankful Kids ~ Chef Rosey: Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Thursday, November 23 – On Thanksgiving, we often think about food and traditions. We’re going to look at a resurgence of Native American traditions, like ghost suppers, when a meal is dedicated to ancestors and loved ones. We share an excerpt from the show, With Good Reason. ~~~ November weather can be snowy weather. Producer Sean […]

  • Thanksgiving 1917

    Today is Thanksgiving.  On this date in 1917, the people of North Dakota were planning for the first major holiday with many loved ones away, awaiting transportation to the battlefields of Europe.  Although it was a more subdued and solemn occasion than past Thanksgivings, with most of North Dakota’s servicemen still stateside, it was not […]

  • The Blenders ~ Preserving the Ojibwe Language ~ Better Business Bureau ~ Movie Review: Wonder

    Wednesday, November 22 – It wouldn’t be the start of the holiday season without a visit from Tim Kasper of the Blenders. In addition to the new show they’ll be touring, there’s a new CD: “Holy Night,” a collection of ten songs, a blend of new and old favorites. ~~~ A month-long Native American Cultural […]