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.

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  • The Rise and Demise of Prairie Chickens

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Most modern-day people have never seen a prairie chicken, but there was a time, long ago, when prairie chickens thrived on North Dakota’s grasslands. Shooting prairie chickens was one of the premiere outdoor activities for hunters from the 1880s through the early 1900s. It was not always so, for when the great buffalo herds roamed [...]

  • Mugwumps

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    On this date in 1889, with only thirteen days remaining before the election to approve the state Constitution and choose North Dakota’s first state officials and legislators, the political parties were working at a frenzied pace.  Local, county and district conventions were combined to promote the candidates chosen at the state conventions and to expedite [...]

  • North Dakota’s Nobility

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    When people think of nobility who lived in North Dakota, the Marquis de Mores usually comes to mind.  But he was not the only European noble to make his home here.  Lord Berriedale of Scotland operated a farm in Nelson County from 1884 to 1905. He was born John Sutherland Sinclair on this date in [...]

  • New Education System

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    In 1942, while other schoolchildren were stuck inside a classroom learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, the children of Wing village spent their days in workshops, classrooms, and fields learning the finer points of shoe repair, woodwork, and gardening.  These students were the beneficiaries of a new education system devised by the president of Mayville State [...]

  • Ron Offutt, Roughrider

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    North Dakota established the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1961.  The award recognizes North Dakotans who have achieved national recognition.  The Governor consults with the Secretary of State and the director of the State Historical Society to choose the recipients.  Forty North Dakotans have received the award.  Their portraits are displayed in the lower [...]

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