Prairie Public

Public media organization

Prairie Public Broadcasting is a trusted public service dedicated to building an exciting and productive future for the prairie and its people. Prairie Public Broadcasting offers a window on the world through national and regional television and radio programming; creates a forum for the most important issues facing our region with locally produced, topical programming; partners with others to foster education for all ages; and utilizes digital technology and Web services to expand those valued services. Beginning with a single television transmitter in Fargo, Prairie Public Broadcasting has grown to become the premier broadcaster of public television and radio services throughout the prairie region.

WPA cuts protested

12 hours ago


During the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration, or WPA.  It was part of relief efforts for the unemployed during the Great Depression. The program had many positive results, though it was also attacked for various inefficiencies, especially excess costs.  By the late 1930s, appropriations for this program were cut, and as a result, so were some jobs.



Burleigh F. Spalding had his legal and political career in North Dakota, but he spent his youth in northern Vermont. He was born there in 1853 as the son of a Methodist Episcopal minister, one of four children. Spalding left home at age eleven to work on farms for five years to pay for clothes and earn his keep to attend school. When he was sixteen, he clerked in a country store and earned up to seventy-two dollars a year at one point.


Casualty Lists

Mar 14, 2018


Early in the war, the newspapers in North Dakota carried casualty lists containing only meaningless names or numbers.   But by this date in 1918, that changed. The death of Louis Ousley from Wilton in early February brought home the fact that the men from the North Dakota Regiments were now in the front line trenches.  The news from the battlefields, more and more, echoed from house to house across the state The war was no longer an alien concept. It now invaded the innermost thoughts of family and loved ones.

Rural Doctor

Mar 9, 2018




NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Reading the Plains.”