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

  • Bison Latifrons

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    On this date in 1998, North Dakota paleontologist John Hoganson received a telephone call from Kent Pelton, a teacher in Watford City. While fishing on Lake Sakakawea near New Town, Pelton had discovered what he thought were two mammoth tusks. Hoganson was excited, because very few remains of mammoths have ever been discovered here. A […]

  • A Monkey in the Cookies

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    On this date in 1963, it was reported that a monkey had come to Fargo – a ring-tailed monkey named Charlie.  Irvin Knutson, a semi driver for Midwest Motor Express, had arrived at the Red Owl warehouse with 2,800 cases of cookies, which he’d picked at the Banner Biscuit Company in Missouri. When Knutson opened […]

  • Legends of Fargo’s First House, 1939

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Telling the story of a house is like peeling an onion, with layers of legends and significance.  This concept, of peeling away layers, surfaced in 1939 when, on this date, a newspaper article about “Fargo’s First House,” told about the Pioneer Daughters organization making a historical marker to memorialize this legendary home. The bronze-marker perpetuated […]

  • Reality of War

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    By this date in 1917, America had declared war on Germany, and the registration for the draft was only weeks away. For a number of years, North Dakota families had been anxiously following the war news from Europe, and now many loved ones could soon be in harm’s way. Rose Havelock was one who waited […]

  • Foresting the Prairies

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    When the first settlers moved into the Dakotas, they had to adjust to a land without trees for houses, fences, and fuel.  They adapted, but the lack of trees made life more difficult.  On this date in 1908, the Golden Valley Chronicle printed an article about the benefit of planting trees.  The information came from […]

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