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

  • Early Weather Forecasting on the Prairie

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    The weather is a continual companion, with its whims and follies, highs and lows, bitterness and warmth. And for many of us, our daily routine begins with a check of the forecast. However, a good forecast was not always easy to come by. During much of human history, storms and droughts were seen through the […]

  • Bar Sinister

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    On this date in 1920, it was reported in the Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon that a North Dakota appeals court had removed the “bar sinister,” a discriminatory law affecting illegitimate children.  The term “bar sinister” comes from medieval heraldry.  “Sinister” is Latin for “left.”  It simply indicates a direction, and does not carry the […]

  • Red Cross

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    On this date in 1917, the final total for selective service registration was announced. There were 64,124 North Dakota citizens registered. They also registered eighty-eight friendly aliens and six hundred and five enemy aliens, basically German nationals. Although it was twelve thousand short of projected, this did not include the four thousand men who had […]

  • Rutland’s Whopping Patty

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Thirty-five years ago, the people of Rutland, North Dakota were enjoying the weather, feeling the summer breeze, and gearing up to celebrate 1982, the 100th year after their ancestors settled the town. To observe this significant anniversary in style, they decided they would try to grill the world’s largest hamburger. They chose this whopper of […]

  • Cattle Market Slump

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    As the United States entered World War II, North Dakota ranchers were busy supplying beef to the armed forces.  At the same time, they tried to keep meat on the tables of American families.  It was an enormous task.  But on this date in 1943, ranchers ran into a major obstacle when five packing plants […]

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