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

  • Williams’ Constitution

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Twenty-five days into the Constitutional Convention for North Dakota, the Constitution was progressing rapidly.  By this date in 1889, over one hundred and thirty resolutions or files had been introduced since July 12th.  These covered a variety of topics from the Preamble to Women’s Suffrage, but originally there was no uniform constitution on which to [...]

  • Grab-a Root

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Life was harsh in the military posts on the Plains. They were lonely, isolated places, and frontier soldiers often sought solace through the post trader’s whiskey, but they needed to be wary.  Public intoxication at the post could land them in the guardhouse.   Such was the case of one Private Schute of Company B [...]

  • 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 [...]



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