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

  • Train Robbery

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    In July of 1911, an overnight trip took a downward turn when a Northern Pacific train was held up. It occurred as the train passed through Tower City; three men described as being of medium height and wearing polka-dot handkerchiefs, went through the sleeper cars of the train and systematically woke up all the passengers, [...]

  • Hannifin Returns

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    The Constitutional Convention had gotten off to a slow start.  It was not until the 11th Day of the convention that the first resolution or file was introduced. Even then, procedural problems plagued the session and hampered any significant progress.  Using language found in the constitutions from other states, delegates introduced possible articles, but often [...]

  • Wahpeton’s First Settler

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Morgan T. Rich established the first settlement at Wahpeton on this date in 1869. This was not Mr. Rich’s first visit to the area however. Earlier, in 1864, he had passed through the area on a trek from Ft. Ridgeley, in Minnesota, to what is now Helena, Montana. General Sully and 4,000 cavalry and mounted [...]

  • Where Wheat is King

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    It has never been easy to be a farmer in North Dakota.  One of the biggest problems can be a lack of rain.  North Dakota averages of 17 inches of rain per year, making it one of the driest states.  Studies of tree rings show that drought has been a problem in the area since [...]

  • Statehood Anniversary Berets

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    On this date in 1939, the people of North Dakota were planning for North Dakota’s 50th anniversary of statehood. A large celebration would be held in Bismarck near the end of August, on the 21st through the 25th. Included in the plans were parades, remembrances of early settlers, and the production of commemorative wooden quarters. [...]



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