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

  • Last Execution

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    It was on this day in 1944 that the Army Corps of Engineers and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement on a Missouri Basin flood control project, known as the Pick-Sloan Plan, which led to the building of Garrison Dam.   And on this date, in 1905, John Rooney was hanged at [...]

  • Republican Triumph

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    As one of his last acts as governor of Dakota Territory, A. C. Mellette would meet with Secretary L. B. Richardson and Chief Justice Bartlett Trip in Bismarck on October 17th to certify the fall election.  Once that was completed, he would send a certified copy to President Benjamin Harrison along with a copy of [...]

  • A Second North Dakota University

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    In 1862 the United States Congress approved an act that authorized land grant colleges.  Through this system, grants of public lands were made to states and territories.  The purpose was to create at least one college dedicated to agriculture in each state and territory. In 1883 the Dakota Territorial Council passed a bill authorizing an [...]

  • World War I, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and Doughboy Wesley R. Johnson

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    On this date in 1918, American soldiers were in combat during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which began September 26th and continued until the Armistice, November 11th.  North Dakotan Wesley R. Johnson served among the U.S. troops.  Johnson was one of North Dakota’s youngest soldiers in World War I, being just seventeen when he joined Company M [...]

  • Remembrance in Stone

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Whitestone Hill was designated a State Historical Site in 1904.  On this date in 1909, a crowd gathered at the top of the hill to commemorate a new monument.  The monument was carved from Vermont granite.  At the top of the tall column, a soldier forever stands with his bugle to his lips.  The column [...]



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