Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.
Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. Often it takes the efforts of dedicated preservationists to wrest a structure from the wrecking ball. Such was the case with the Oxford House on the University of North Dakota campus. Designed by Joseph […]
America has a long history of contention over milk production. In 1883, a so-called “milk war” broke out in New York State when farmers demanded a higher price for milk. When distributors refused, the farmers formed “spilling committees.” They waylaid milk on the way to market and dumped it on the side of the road. […]
The first Great Dakota Boom took place during the 1880s, when towns sprang up almost overnight. One pioneer wrote, “Language cannot exaggerate the rapidity with which these communities are built up. You may stand ankle deep in the short grass of the uninhabited wilderness; next month mixed trains will glide over the waste and stop […]
Today we’re bringing you a glimpse of what our state was like before humans came. On this date, 75 million years ago, the area around Cooperstown was under salt water. Actually, a shallow, sub-tropical sea covered almost the entire state. The Pierre Sea was part of the Western Interior Seaway, which divided the North American […]
John Fraine was the tenth Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota and he also served in the North Dakota House, and one contribution he made to the state that’s still familiar today is the state flag, which he introduced to the legislature in 1911. But Fraine also served in the military. It was on this date […]