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

  • Dr. Tronnes and Dr. Sand

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    On this date in 1953, residents of Fargo prepared for the end of a medical era as two doctors who had established the Fargo clinic prepared to retire. Dr. Olaf Sand and Dr. Nils Tronnes, both of Norway, came together by chance. They both studied separately at Oslo University in Norway before travelling to the [...]

  • A Shrine in New England

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Before 1910, New England’s Catholic settlers were served by Father John Dignan of Dickinson and missionary Abbot Vincent Wehrle, who would occasionally travel to the area. Father Regensberger, the first resident priest, also established a frame church, and preached in German and English both, to satisfy the needs of his congregants.   Eventually, Father Jospeh [...]

  • Joseph Gilbert Totten

    As a popular tourist destination, most North Dakotans are familiar with Fort Totten.  Located near Devils Lake, the frontier military post was built to protect American interests in the region.  It was briefly commanded by Major Marcus A. Reno, visited by General Sherman, and later turned into a school.  But what may be less familiar [...]

  • The Ping Pong Craze Arrived in Grand Forks, 1902

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Ping-pong sounds like the game itself. The small celluloid ball “pings” from the paddle and “pongs” off the table. Ping-pong, also called table tennis, started as a ripple in England and reached America in a frenzied wave in 1902, a game everyone just had to have.    The craze came just after the bicycle vogue [...]

  • Dr. John E. Engstad

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    X-rays were so named because this radiant energy was of unknown origin.  The “X” in “X-ray” was a scientific symbol for “the unknown.” Discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, X-rays were immediately put into practical medical use the following year. The new technology came to Grand Forks in 1896, when Dr. John E. Engstad secured [...]



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