Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 6:42 am, 8:42 am, 3:50* pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50* pm CT on Prairie Public. *These air times during Main Street may vary. Beginning January 2018, Dakota Datebooks are posted here. Prior to that date, you’ll find archives on this page.

Dakota Datebook is is generously funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent Shows

  • First European Child

    Friday, December 29, 2017

    In 1806, 26-year-old John Fubbister signed on to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada. John was from the Orkney Islands of Scotland, and soon became known around Fort Albany as The Orkney Lad. Working as an agent, Fubbister paddled his canoe up-river to deliver supplies to remote fur trading outposts. He was small, […]

  • From Three to Five Justices

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    North Dakota’s Supreme Court has changed a fair amount from its early years. Since 1910, members of the bench have been elected on a no-party ballot. In 1930, term limits increased from six to ten years. In 1985, Beryl Levine became the first woman to serve on the court. One change took place in 1908 […]

  • No Cats Allowed

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    Holiday festivities in Devils Lake in 1922 included many typical events … Christmas services at churches across the city, school Christmas pageants, a Boy Scouts band concert, and another free band concert scheduled for New Year’s Eve. A New Year’s Eve program at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church would offer coffee, jule cake and singing, […]

  • Dale Kolrud

    Tuesday, December 26, 2017

    In the Korean War, the U.S. spent 67 billion dollars and deployed 90% of the troops fighting for South Korea. It was a highly unpopular in North Dakota. For many of the soldiers deployed there, it had a different feeling than fighting in World War 2. There seemed to be no clear reason or cause […]

  • Christmas, 1917

    Monday, December 25, 2017

    For the Red Cross, December of 1917 was an active season in North Dakota. With loved ones ever closer to the front, there was an urgency to ensure that the boys had the comforts of home as much as possible.  Red Cross knitting parties were held across the state.  In a three week campaign, over […]

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