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.

Work or War

37 minutes ago

On this date in 1918, the last quota of the selective service draft initiated in June the preceding year was being processed. Thirteen hundred men from North Dakota were set to board trains headed for Fort Lewis, Washington. But for those who were not drafted, there would be no leisure time.  

Columbus Larson

May 21, 2018

We do not know a whole lot about the lifetime of Columbus Larson, but we know he left a town-naming legacy in N.D.


You have likely noticed that the red-winged blackbirds are busy in area wetlands. This blackbird with the red epaulets is one of the most recognizable birds here in North Dakota and one of the most abundant birds in North America.  

Sanger’s Story

May 18, 2018

Oliver County has always been small. So has its county seat. Sanger was the county seat for fourteen years. It’s on the eastern edge of the county, right on the Missouri River. Two brothers named George and Charles Henry Sanger founded the town in 1879. They made their living selling chopped wood to passing steamboats. A post office came to Sanger in 1881. George Sanger was the first postmaster. Oliver County was established in 1885, when it split off from Mercer County. It was named for a Dakota Territory legislator.

“This is a great land--one filled with resources not yet exploited and opportunities still ungrasped. Its prosperity is dependent on agriculture--upon the soil.” So speaks Professor Alfred G. Arvold, of North Dakota Agricultural College, in a talk probably delivered in about 1915. This country “is certainly a Land Where the Farmer is King. East of the Montana copper mines and west of the Minnesota iron ranges is the agricultural Mecca of the continent,” declares Professor Arvold, thus situating his own Flickertail State in the middle of things.

Rhubarb Days

May 17, 2018

You can talk about your daffodils and your cherry blossoms, but this is the springtime emergence that counts: rhubarb. As the bulbs grow rank into stalks and leaves, there are two things I crave. I’ll tell you about one of them now, and the other in the end.

Manchurian Railroad

May 17, 2018

On this date in 1918, the Great War was raging, and North Dakota boys were fighting in the front-line trenches. The first three years of the war had shown that when modern weapons for conducting warfare met older tactics, the losses were staggering.  Germany was beginning a new spring offensive.

Russian Thistle

May 16, 2018


Some of you may have seen or heard the news recently about the tumbleweeds invading areas of California and Utah.  

Leland Molland was born in Nome, North Dakota on May 7, 1919.  After High School, Leland went to the State Agricultural College in Fargo.  When the US entered World War 2, he enlisted, choosing the Army Air Corp.

In May of 1981, reporter B.J. Phillips said this in article for Time magazine:  “in the beginning, there was no baseball. But ever since, there have been few beginnings as good as the start of a new baseball season…the national pastime arrives with spring.”