Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

Recent Shows

  • Grandin Brothers Bonanza Farmland Sold

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    The Grandin Farm was the biggest Bonanza farm in North Dakota’s history. At 72,000 acres, it was so large that it ran like a factory, with hired workers and managers tackling 1,500-acre subdivisions. Located near Mayville and also near the town of Grandin in Cass County, Grandin Farms began in the aftermath of the terrible [...]

  • Wild and Free

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    America’s wild horses are descendants of animals that escaped from the Spaniards.  They were known as mustangs, and they changed the lives of Great Plains Indians, who soon became known as formidable horse warriors. As motorized vehicles and farm equipment became more widely used, the horse began to lose its usefulness.  Many farmers and ranchers [...]

  • Lincoln’s Bodyguards

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Assuming office during a tumultuous period in American history, the personal security of President Abraham Lincoln was a constant concern of his friends and supporters.   Lincoln‘s secretary, John Nicolay wrote, “From the very beginning of his presidency, Mr. Lincoln had been constantly subject to the threats of his enemies… His mail was infested with [...]

  • North Dakota’s Oil Boom

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    World events affecting oil prices can have quite an impact on North Dakota’s oil industry. On this date in 1979, Libya joined four other OPEC nations in raising the price of oil.  That act had political, social, and economic consequences that continue to be felt today.  In 1979, the United States was largely dependent on [...]

  • Capitol Custodian

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    North Dakota government is staffed with various public officials created by constitutional or legislative processes, and these positions are normally filled by appointment, by election or by personal application, with selection made through a supervising committee. Seldom does the Legislature create a position and actually name the individual to assume it.   The Board of [...]



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