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

  • Great Inducements to Settlers

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    There have been two Williams counties in North Dakota.  The first was created in 1873 south of the Missouri River.  In 1891, the state legislature created a new Williams County in the northwest corner of the state.  The name honors Erastus Appelman Williams, an early North Dakota politician who served in both the territorial and […]

  • Jay Darling

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Tomorrow is Earth Day, so we take this opportunity to tell the story of a man who had an enormous impact on wildlife conservation in North Dakota.  Jay Darling, of Iowa, was a renowned political cartoonist during the “dirty thirties,” a time of bankruptcy, soup lines, drought and awe-inspiring dust storms. On the Great Plains, […]

  • Off for Alberta

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Frontiersmen on the Great Plains mingled with settlers across the northern border long before North Dakota became a state.  Both American and British fur traders congregated along the Missouri River and established posts prior to 1800.  The Hudson Bay and North West Companies established operations in the Red River Valley.  Canadians ventured down to Pembina […]

  • Dore, North Dakota

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Dore, North Dakota predates the county it resides in – at least the current incarnation.  McKenzie County was eliminated in 1891 for a lack of settlement, before being re-created by the state legislature in 1905. Tiny Dore on the other hand, got its start four years earlier when its post office was established on this […]

  • Strawberries in North Dakota

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Today there are more than 30,000 farms in North Dakota encompassing almost 40 million acres.  North Dakota leads all other states in the production of sunflower seeds and barley.  Wheat is the state’s leading crop, ranking behind only Kansas.  North Dakota is also a leading state in canola, navy beans, oats, pinto beans, soybeans, and […]

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