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

  • Women’s Rest Room in Bismarck

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    In 1920 on this date, women of the Bismarck area were “doing their part,” as the Bismarck Tribune requested, to advertise a new women’s rest room. A restroom can be many things, but this one was a little bit more. The space was supposed to be a place for women to relax and to get […]

  • Grain Rustling

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

      When people think of rustling in North Dakota, they usually think of cattle. That crime has a long history in the state, although it is not entirely in the past. As recently as May 2017, a man was charged with stealing four head of cattle. And cattle aren’t the only target. A crime much […]

  • Mural Artist Belle Baranceanu

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    On this date in 1912, 10-year-old Belle Goldschlager was preparing for a recital in Williston’s Library Auditorium. Belle was born in Chicago in 1902; but grew up on her grandparent’s farm, outside Williston. Belle showed a love for music, dance, and drawing, passions she would eventually pursue further by attending the Minneapolis School of Art, […]

  • The Oriental Limited

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Northern Pacific’s company charter in 1864, making it the second continental railroad. The goal was to connect the Great Lakes with the Pacific Ocean.  It was an engineering challenge. Track laying began at the Colombia River in March of 1871 and progressed through remote territory. It was a slow process, […]

  • Cold Case

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Nothing can be more frustrating for a police department than a cold case. Here in North Dakota, there have been three incidents of unsolved cases involving missing people since 1989. Two of those who disappeared are Sandra Jacobson and her son John. On this date in 1996, Sandra and five-year-old John were driving to her […]

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