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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]