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

  • First Beer License in North Dakota

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    For North Dakota, Prohibition had come with statehood in 1889.  Although ban on alcohol was extremely unpopular with the majority of citizens in the state, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and ministerial associations managed to thwart any efforts to amend the Constitution and repeal the laws.  Bootleggers and “blind piggers” became folk heroes, and bathtub [...]

  • On the Road with Richard Nixon

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon drew large crowds when he appeared on the campaign trail on this date in 1952.  He started the day in Moorhead.  His train arrived twenty minutes late, and when it did arrive, it overshot the station.  The large crowd had to wait while the train backed up. Journalists reported that [...]

  • Gateway to the West

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Fort Abercrombie was known as the Gateway to the West.  It was the first permanent United States military fort in what is now North Dakota.  Established in 1858 by an act of Congress, it was named for the officer in charge, Lieutenant Colonel John J. Abercrombie. The fort’s initial purpose was to guard the oxcart [...]

  • The Final Days

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    On October 16th, Territorial Governor Mellette and Secretary Richardson met in Bismarck and canvassed the election results.  Completed on the 17th, they made the arrangements to provide a certified copy of the vote along with a certified copy of the North Dakota State Constitution to President Benjamin Harrison. It was hoped that the Presidential Proclamation [...]

  • 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 [...]



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