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

  • Gateway to the West

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Fort Abercrombie was known as the Gateway to the West.  It was the first permanent United States military fort in what is now North Dakota.  Established in 1858 by an act of Congress, it was named for the officer in charge, Lieutenant Colonel John J. Abercrombie. The fort’s initial purpose was to guard the oxcart [...]

  • The Final Days

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    On October 16th, Territorial Governor Mellette and Secretary Richardson met in Bismarck and canvassed the election results.  Completed on the 17th, they made the arrangements to provide a certified copy of the vote along with a certified copy of the North Dakota State Constitution to President Benjamin Harrison. It was hoped that the Presidential Proclamation [...]

  • Last Execution

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    It was on this day in 1944 that the Army Corps of Engineers and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement on a Missouri Basin flood control project, known as the Pick-Sloan Plan, which led to the building of Garrison Dam.   And on this date, in 1905, John Rooney was hanged at [...]

  • Republican Triumph

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    As one of his last acts as governor of Dakota Territory, A. C. Mellette would meet with Secretary L. B. Richardson and Chief Justice Bartlett Trip in Bismarck on October 17th to certify the fall election.  Once that was completed, he would send a certified copy to President Benjamin Harrison along with a copy of [...]

  • A Second North Dakota University

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    In 1862 the United States Congress approved an act that authorized land grant colleges.  Through this system, grants of public lands were made to states and territories.  The purpose was to create at least one college dedicated to agriculture in each state and territory. In 1883 the Dakota Territorial Council passed a bill authorizing an [...]



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