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.

Recent Shows

  • The Calm Before the Storm

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    There was big news in the Grand Forks Herald on this date in 1882.  The city was preparing for an influx of territorial delegates for the Republican Convention.  The newspaper called it the calm before the storm.  The paper predicted a dull day that would soon be followed by a week of excitement. The planning [...]

  • The Grand Forks Baseball Team

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    In the year 1900, the Grand Forks baseball team became North Dakota champions.  They won this great honor by earning the best record in the state, winning 23 games and losing just three, and also by defeating the best teams in the region. The Grand Forks ballclub had an excellent manager named E.H. Kent who [...]

  • Grain of Millet

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    What did North Dakota–specifically, Lisbon–and Australia have in common on this date in 1962? Both were listed among the world leaders in the production of the grain of millet. Although millet can be a feed grain and is sometimes found in bird feed, the grain is also fit for human consumption. The grain is rich [...]

  • Governor Walter Maddock

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    It was on this day in 1928 that North Dakota’s fourteenth governor, Arthur G. Sorlie passed away while in office.  Taking up the reigns of government was Lieutenant Governor Walter J. Maddock, sworn in shortly following Governor Sorlie’s death. The Sorlie/Maddock governorships occurred in the middle of perhaps the greatest political war in North Dakota [...]

  • Constitution Composition

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    After forty-five days, North Dakota had its Constitution, but where did it come from?  According to Clement Lounsberry, the delegates had access to the constitutions and charters of other states.  These documents had been compiled over a period of one hundred years and were valuable in providing features that had stood the test of time [...]



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