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Classics From The 1980s

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North Dakota This Week was a weekly news broadcast featuring a roundtable of journalists from across the state.

Going Public featured host Michael J. Olson’s live episodes from locations around the state. The series was known for its daredevil locations including high up a television antenna in Minot and from a roof ledge on Fargo’s Radission Hotel.

Boyd Christenson Interviews included intimate portraits with many of North Dakota’s best known personalities. Guests included musician Lawrence Welk, baseball great Roger Maris, U.S. Senator Milton Young, hockey legend Cliff “Fido” Purpur and writer Louis L’Amour.


1981 North Dakota State Gymnastics Championship was broadcast from Dickinson, North Dakota.

Dakota Dream Champ examined the life and work of renowned North Dakota-born poet Thomas McGrath.


UND Sioux Hockey was broadcast live for two seasons by Prairie Public.


Prairie Architecture: The Courthouses featured the historic, philosophic, and sociologic aspects of life revealed through architecture of the iconic prairie structures.

Let’s Talk: Fishing with hosts Dave “Hot Tip” Jensen and Boyd Christenson discussed the hows, whys, and wheres of the gentlemanly sport of angling with area fishing fans.


Vote ’88 featured televised debates hosted by Prairie Public and the League of Women Voters

Joyful We Adore Thee: The Concordia College Christmas Concert was distributed nationally to more than 100 PBS stations.

The Drawing Studio brought art instruction by Fargo artist Bob Kurkowski to elementary schools throughout the state.


Prairie Filmmakers, a showcase of regional filmmaking, was launched. As it continued annually, the program attracted dozens of entries.

National Competition on the Constitution featured a televised “dress rehearsal” for North Dakota’s champion debate team from St. Mary’s New England as they prepared for their national debate in Washington DC as part of the 1989 National Bicentennial Competition on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Magic of Art featuring artist Bob Kurkowski also included a companion book of lessons for teachers interested in expanding their art programs using new media such as dough sculpture, wax resists, and paper sculpting.

Get On Your Feet examined the North Dakota Self Reliance program.

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