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  • Women’s Rest Room in Bismarck

    In 1920 on this date, women of the Bismarck area were “doing their part,” as the Bismarck Tribune requested, to advertise a new women’s rest room. A restroom can be many things, but this one was a little bit more. The space was supposed to be a place for women to relax and to get […]

  • Agribusiness and Global Warming ~ Chickadees ~ Badgers ~ Award Money for Young Artists ~ Jon Offutt

    Tuesday, November 21 – Cows, cattle, coal and oil are all major factors in North Dakota’s economy, and they all get blamed for contributing to global warming.  Here with some perspective on those claims is Dr. Robert Howarth of Cornell University, who takes issue with papers that blame the livestock for increases in methane. ~~~ […]

  • Grain Rustling

      When people think of rustling in North Dakota, they usually think of cattle. That crime has a long history in the state, although it is not entirely in the past. As recently as May 2017, a man was charged with stealing four head of cattle. And cattle aren’t the only target. A crime much […]

  • Dr. Victoria Sweet ~ Mark Trahant Commentary ~ Geologist James Sorensen

    Monday, November 20 – Dr. Victoria Sweet is the award-winning author of “God’s Hotel.” Her new book is called “Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.” She visits with Lori Walsh of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In the Moment.” ~~~ Mark Trahant comments on the tax code on today’s “Trahant Reports.” ~~~ Matt Olien visits with […]

  • Mural Artist Belle Baranceanu

    On this date in 1912, 10-year-old Belle Goldschlager was preparing for a recital in Williston’s Library Auditorium. Belle was born in Chicago in 1902; but grew up on her grandparent’s farm, outside Williston. Belle showed a love for music, dance, and drawing, passions she would eventually pursue further by attending the Minneapolis School of Art, […]

  • Capital Gallery Anniversary ~ Clean Comedian Kent Rader ~ News Chat ~ Matt’s Movie Reviews

    Friday, November 17 – The Capital Gallery in Bismarck is observing its one-year anniversary of featuring artist from around the state. Here to tell us about Saturday’s anniversary celebration, and to update us on the gallery’s first year, is David Borlaug, president of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. ~~~ Known as the “World’s […]


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  • Winter Beavers and Finches

    I drive by a few beaver lodges each day on my way to and from work.  When I pass by the lodges, especially now after ice-up, I often wonder what they are doing.  They are probably snoozing. Beaver lodges are two tiered living quarters with two entrances.  A small lower level functions as an entryway […]

  • Hawthorn

    While walking through the Turtle Mountain aspen forest recently I noticed a hawthorn tree with heavy fruit set. I lingered around the tree to see if a ruffed grouse would flush nearby, but to no avail.  Most grouse hunters will often thoroughly check around these trees because the fruits are utilized by grouse, particularly once […]

  • Chickadee Longevity and Mortality

    It is always fun to watch the chickadees at our bird feeders.  But while watching their entertaining antics the other day, I got curious about how long these amped-up feather-balls live, and what were their major mortality factors.  So I went to my standard source for chickadee information, The Black-capped Chickadee:  behavioral ecology and natural […]

  • The Oriental Limited

    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Northern Pacific’s company charter in 1864, making it the second continental railroad. The goal was to connect the Great Lakes with the Pacific Ocean.  It was an engineering challenge. Track laying began at the Colombia River in March of 1871 and progressed through remote territory. It was a slow process, […]

  • Introducing Students to Unmanned Flight ~ The Mighty Rex Pipe Organ ~ Chef Rosey on Capers

    Thursday, November 16 – An Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Systems for high school students is being developed at the North Dakota Center for Distance Education. Here to tell us about the center, and this interesting addition, is center director Alan Peterson. ~~~ We share a feature from this week’s Prairie Pulse television show on the Mighty […]

  • Cold Case

    Nothing can be more frustrating for a police department than a cold case. Here in North Dakota, there have been three incidents of unsolved cases involving missing people since 1989. Two of those who disappeared are Sandra Jacobson and her son John. On this date in 1996, Sandra and five-year-old John were driving to her […]

  • College Football at Age 65 ~ Uprooting Shelter Belts ~ Guest Ag Workers Plan

    Wednesday, November 15 – Hans Rechsteiner has written “How to Play College Football at 65.” It’s about joining the football team at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota after a career as a surgeon, and also about health care reform. He joins us from his home in Spooner, Wisconsin. ~~~ A Natural North Dakota […]

  • The Fighting Chaplain

    When the North Dakota Second Regiment was organized for the Great War in the early summer of 1917, they found a champion in the form of Herbert G. Markley of Hamilton, North Dakota.  Gov. Lynn Frazier appointed Markley as the Chaplain for the Smashing Second on July 5th.  Known as the “Fighting Chaplain,” he made […]

  • The Bakken

    Since commencement of the Bakken Boom, we people of the northern plains have been bombarded with images of the oil patch. These portrayals range from the pollyanna-esque (everything about to the petroleum boom is wonderful, and if you don’t think so, you are unpatriotic) to the critically alarmist (everything about the petroleum boom is terrible, […]

  • Killers in the Osage Oilpatch

    There exists in the public mind a sense that petroleum booms are invariably accompanied by crime and corruption. Which they are–but the question remains, is it an inordinate amount of crime and corruption, or just what you would expect with a sudden increase in population and revenues? Also, how much is grounded fact, and how […]

  • Unmanned Aircraft in the Oil Patch ~ Antibiotics Awareness ~ ND WWI Commission

    Tuesday, November 14 – Joel Petersen’s interest in Unmanned Aircraft Systems first led him to a Hollywood career, but now he’s taken his skills to the oil patch of North Dakota. ~~~ Faye Salzer, an RN with the North Dakota Department of Health, is here to discuss the overuse of antibiotics. It’s National Antibiotics Awareness Week. […]

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  • Nye and the Isolationists

    On this date in 1925, a 33-year-old newspaper editor from Cooperstown began a 20 year career in the U.S. Senate. He had never held office before, but his strong convictions helped shape the nation’s attitude about war. Gerald Nye moved to North Dakota in 1915 and became publisher of the Billings County Pioneer, and then […]