Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

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  • Man Does Not Live by Wheat Alone

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Hugh J. Hughes, director of markets for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, spoke in Moorhead on this date in 1923.  The Fargo Forum reported that he addressed a gathering of businessmen and farmers, many of them from North Dakota.  Hughes expressed concern about the future of agriculture in the Red River Valley.  He caused a [...]

  • Statehood at Last

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    The road to statehood had been a long, difficult journey encompassing thirty-two years.  Officially it began on March 2, 1861, when the Organic Act creating the Territory of Dakota was issued; however, attempts at statehood had an earlier beginning.  In 1857, the Dakota Land Company promoted the states of Minnesota and Dakota.   The company, comprised [...]

  • Warren Christopher’s War

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    War shapes a man; his ideas and values.  This was no less true of Warren Christopher, the 63rd Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. Born in Scranton, North Dakota in 1925, Warren Christopher moved to Hollywood, California while a young teen.  Like many young men, he relished the idea of attending college and enrolled [...]

  • Public Servant

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    On this date in 1925, Warren Christopher was born in Scranton, North Dakota.  He attended the University of Southern California, where he graduated magna cum laude.  During World War II he served in the Navy.  After the war, he graduated from Stanford Law School, and went on to serve as law clerk to Justice William [...]

  • First Beer License in North Dakota

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    For North Dakota, Prohibition had come with statehood in 1889.  Although ban on alcohol was extremely unpopular with the majority of citizens in the state, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and ministerial associations managed to thwart any efforts to amend the Constitution and repeal the laws.  Bootleggers and “blind piggers” became folk heroes, and bathtub [...]

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