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

  • Corinne Wrastles a Calf

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    When the train pulled up to Medora hours before dawn in early September of 1890, Theodore Roosevelt’s ranch hands were already there; eager to see their longtime friend and meet his sister Corinne Roosevelt Robinson.  Theodore had often bragged about her skill as a mighty horse rider.  He had built up her reputation so much, [...]

  • McKenzie

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Alexander McKenzie was a powerful man in the political field in Dakota Territory.  The Jamestown Alert called him the “noblest Roman of them all” and noted, “Without a doubt the people of North Dakota would turn in and send him – the one man above all others – to the United States Senate… if he [...]

  • The Rise and Demise of Prairie Chickens

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Most modern-day people have never seen a prairie chicken, but there was a time, long ago, when prairie chickens thrived on North Dakota’s grasslands. Shooting prairie chickens was one of the premiere outdoor activities for hunters from the 1880s through the early 1900s. It was not always so, for when the great buffalo herds roamed [...]

  • Mugwumps

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    On this date in 1889, with only thirteen days remaining before the election to approve the state Constitution and choose North Dakota’s first state officials and legislators, the political parties were working at a frenzied pace.  Local, county and district conventions were combined to promote the candidates chosen at the state conventions and to expedite [...]

  • North Dakota’s Nobility

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    When people think of nobility who lived in North Dakota, the Marquis de Mores usually comes to mind.  But he was not the only European noble to make his home here.  Lord Berriedale of Scotland operated a farm in Nelson County from 1884 to 1905. He was born John Sutherland Sinclair on this date in [...]

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