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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Future of the Bakken ~ Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk ~ ND Native John Ford Dunker on Conan Appearance

    Monday, November 13 – A decade into North Dakota’s shale fracking boom, the state consistently produces one million barrels of oil per day. That amount is second only to Texas, making this rural state a huge player not just on the national oil scene, but globally as well. What will the second decade of the […]

  • Help for Veterans 1919

    Returning soldiers face challenges when they leave the service. This has long been a concern. In 1776, the Continental Congress authorized pensions for disabled veterans, and in 1827 a hospital called the Naval Asylum was the first effort to provide continuing medical care. President Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, called upon the nation to […]

  • UND Philosophy Professor Jack Weinstein ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt reviews “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Goodbye Christopher Robin”

    Friday, November 10 – This Sunday’s Prairie Public Presents will be another episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.”  Host Jack Russell Weinstein stops by to preview his visit with utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer of Princeton University. ~~~ A Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern: “The Plantsman.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here […]

  • Initiative and Referendum Bring More Democracy to ND

    One issue in a democracy is the balance of power between elected leaders and the citizenry.  Shortly after the year 1900, a movement arose in North Dakota to establish a process of initiative and referendum, a method allowing voters to make laws themselves, rather than depending upon politicians and lobbyists.  The key to initiative and […]

  • Art Collector Cheech Marin ~ Chef Rosey on Bison

    Thursday, November 9 – We visit with farmed comedian Cheech Marin. He’s speaking today at UND about his expansive collection of Chicano art and his advocacy for minority artists. ~~~ The broadcast debut of Prairie Memories: the Vietnam War Years is tonight at 8pm on our television service. It’s a compilation of oral history highlights. […]