Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

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

  • Justice John Knauf

    Friday, December 15, 2017

    One of the shortest tenures of a North Dakota Supreme Court justice came to an end after less than five months and a nasty election. Governor Elmore Y. Sarles appointed thirty-eight-year-old Stutsman County Judge John Knauf in August of 1906 after Justice Newton Young resigned after eight years on the bench. Knauf won the Republican […]

  • A Very Successful Farmer’s Institute

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    On this date in 1900, the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean reported on the Farmer’s Institute held in that community. Attendance was very good in spite of inclement weather. The institute was sponsored by the experimental farm at the North Dakota Agriculture College in Fargo. The college provided the speakers for the institute. Many in the audience […]

  • Arrival at Territorial Penitentiary

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    For almost sixty thousand dollars, Dakota Territory constructed a penitentiary in Sioux Falls during 1881 and 1882. Territorial Governor Nehemiah Ordway signed the legislation to fund the prison, which was built on eighty-five acres of land. The facility was meant to house between 125 and 150 inmates. Wallace Dow was the architect. He also designed […]

  • North Dakota Poultry

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    North Dakota is known as an agricultural state, a leader in the production of canola, corn, wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, and sugar beets. Beef cattle are also an important commodity, with the state home to more than 950,000 head. So, when it comes to North Dakota agriculture, chickens are not the first thing to come to […]

  • Railroad Travelers

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    The War Department was ill prepared to handle the massive numbers of men and supplies required to fight the war in Europe.  After leaving North Dakota, the troops saw minimal training at Camp Greene.  Although they drilled eight hours a day, most combat exercises involved wooden rifles. Target practice consisted of only a few rounds […]

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