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

  • The Thorny Fence

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    When settlers ventured onto the Great Plains, they often had to find new ways of doing things.  One was fencing.  Out east, or in Europe, fences had typically been made of rocks or wood, which were readily available, but out on the Great Plains, settlers found a land with few trees. Even stones were often [...]

  • The Von Hoffman House

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    The Von Hoffman House was built in Medora, North Dakota in 1884 for the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffman.  Athenais von Hoffman had asked her husband to build the home so they would have a place to stay when they visited their daughter Medora, the wife of the Marquis de Mores.  The home is veneered [...]

  • Guarding Jackie

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Clinton J. Hill was born in Larimore, North Dakota.  He went to high school in Washburn and went on to graduate from Concordia College.  He joined the Army in 1954 and became a counterintelligence special agent.  In 1957 he left the Army and joined the Secret Service.  In 1958, he was assigned to President Eisenhower’s [...]

  • Fort Abraham Lincoln

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    In June of 1872, the infantry post Fort McKeen was established on the west bank of the Missouri River for the purpose of protecting engineers and work parties of the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Five months after the fort’s establishment, on this day, November 19, 1872, the infantry post was renamed Fort Abraham Lincoln.   More [...]

  • Standard Railway Time

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    For centuries, the accurate measure of time was unnecessary.  People measured time in the transition from day to night and back again.  Devices invented to provide a slightly more accurate measure included the sundial, sand timers, and burning candles.  These methods were not terribly accurate, but were adequate for the times.  Life continued, despite the [...]



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