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.

Making Mercer

Oct 2, 2018

North Dakota has a handful of counties that share a name with one of the state’s towns: Cavalier, Golden Valley, Adams, McKenzie, Bowman, Bottineau, Rolette, Hettinger, Pembina—and Mercer. The town of Mercer is a younger community in North Dakota, having sprung up along the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1905.

North Dakota has a long and unfortunate history of prairie fires. In 1804 Lewis and Clark recorded a prairie fire that resulted in fatalities. Clark wrote of several people “who could not get to any place of safety.” Lightning sometimes caused wildfires, but they were also caused by human activity. In 1805 the explorers noted that it was common for Indians to burn the prairie near their villages to benefit their ponies and the buffalo. But sometimes these fires got out of control, leaving destruction in their wake. The plains were especially vulnerable to fire in the fall, after the dry weather of summer and before fall rains came.

Modern Sagas

Sep 29, 2018

Attending the Deuce of August celebration in Mountain, whereat Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir charmed the North Dakota crowd, stirred my interest in our Icelandic immigrant heritage. I have written about Her Excellency’s joyous appearance in Mountain and about the courageous service of the Icelandic midwife, Aldis Laxdal, whose monument stands in the Vikur Lutheran Cemetery.

Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend announce the arrival of their son, Led Zeppelin to release 50 years of interviews, Paul McCartney puts out kids picture book and next year will see a posthumous Leonard Cohen album. 

Artist Clell Gannon

Sep 28, 2018

The legacy of an accomplished North Dakota artist can still be seen in the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck. Clell Gannon painted a number of murals in the courthouse vestibule, depicting scenes from North Dakota history, such as “Verendrye Meets the Mandans” and “The Sibley Campaign.” The courthouse is in Art Deco style, built during the same period as the state Capitol skyscraper.

Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame was a Stars and Stripes war correspondent during World War II. In this capacity Rooney became good friends with native North Dakotan, Raymond Check. Captain Check was a B-17 bomber pilot and was well liked by everyone who knew him. Check flew during a time in the war when a bomber tour was 25 missions, and in that many missions, the odds of being killed, wounded or shot down were high.

"Electric Love" singer Borns denies sexual misconduct allegations, MTV's Matt Pinfield says David Bowie reached out to Scott Weiland through him months before both died and Big Red Machine improvise new song. 

Fourth Liberty Loan

Sep 26, 2018

From the American perspective in September of 1918, the allies in France needed to take the offensive instead of continuing the battle of attrition associated with trench warfare. American leaders were willing to commit what was necessary to get the job done quickly. Initially it would result in more casualties, but it promised to bring an earlier end to the war.

Jeff Tweedy's sports two new dos in latest video, a tragic incident in Cleveland involving Gary Numan's tour bus and Netflix to premiere music doc series next month. 

Frosted Flax

Sep 25, 2018

On this date in 1902, many North Dakota farmers were facing the aftermath of an early frost.  There was concern for the flax crop, which had frosted before it reached maturity. Some growers thought the crop should be harvested as soon as possible. Others wanted to wait. Professor Bolley of the North Dakota Agricultural College was in the latter camp. He advised growers to exercise patience.