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.

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  • Dr Fannie Quain

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    On this date in 1909, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill to establish a Tuberculosis Sanatorium at San Haven. One of the people responsible was 29-year-old Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain. She was North Dakota’s first homegrown female doctor. Fannie Dunn paid her way through medical school by bookkeeping, teaching, house cleaning, working for a […]

  • New Americans in North Dakota

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Immigrants make up a growing share of North Dakota’s population.  The percentage of immigrants in the state nearly doubled between 1990 and 2013, from 1.5 percent to 2.7 percent.  About a third of the immigrants in North Dakota are naturalized citizens.  Nearly 22,000 North Dakotans are Latino or Asian.  The top countries of origin are […]

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    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Thomas Leroy Narum was a foot soldier who served in Vietnam. Hailing from Amidon, North Dakota, he was only 21 when killed on this date by multiple fragmentation wounds. He is one of the 198 casualties North Dakota suffered in that war. Narum’s story is just one of many ways the Vietnam conflict affected the […]

  • Lily the Pink

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    On this date in 1907, the Wahpeton Times included an ad for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, “the Great Woman’s Remedy for Woman’s Ills … sold by druggists everywhere.”  The ad said that it had been curing all forms of female complaints for thirty years … a polite way of addressing menstrual and menopausal discomfort. Lydia […]

  • The Cowboy Soldier

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    Michael Vetter was a soldier in the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Totten. Today, we bring you excerpts of three letters he wrote to his brother in Pittsburgh in January of 1876, which were translated from German. January 1st he wrote, Dear Brother, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year! […]

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