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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.

Letters from France

Sep 19, 2018

On this date in 1918, many North Dakota soldiers were serving their country in the War, and when they wrote home, it was common for the recipient to give the letter to the local newspaper, which would then print it, so everyone would know what was going on.

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Albert Grass

Sep 18, 2018

John Grass, or Charging Bear, was a beloved leader of the Teton Sioux and an ardent supporter of the war effort.  July of 1917, although weakened by a prolonged illness, the elderly chief accepted the vice-chairmanship of the Red Cross for Sioux County.  He stated that as a young man he went to war many times, but his thoughts were not of death but of honor.  Although it caused him great grief to see his children going into battle, there was joy in his heart to know they were not cowards.

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Since 1858, Fort Abercrombie has been a famous landmark in North Dakota’s history, serving as a gateway to the West and a stopping place along the early trade route between St. Paul and Fort Garry in Canada.

A threat of war came to Fort Abercrombie when the Dakota Conflict began in Minnesota in August, 1862.  Dakota warriors attacked the village of Breckenridge, about August 22, killing four people. Fearful settlers fled to Fort Abercrombie for safety.

One who came to the fort was a man named Frank Kent. Born in Maine in 1831, Kent moved to Minnesota in his twenties and got a job in St. Cloud, hauling freight to Fort Garry and back. By 1862, Kent was using a wagon with four mules.

The nature of things on the northern plains is that September brings a quickening - a frantic race to get things done and into order before that night train of autumn comes smoking through the land. I am a great keeper, and lover, of calendars - calendars agricultural, ornithological, academic, recreational, liturgical, culinary. The congruence of quickenings during a prairie September is challenging.

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Libbie Custer

Sep 14, 2018

On May 18th, 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry rode west from Fort Abraham Lincoln for a summer campaign against the Lakotas, with the regimental band playing the stirring military song: “Garry Owen.”         

Custer’s wife, Elizabeth (“Libbie),” and many soldiers’ wives stood along the road to watch them go. The “sad-faced wives” waved a courageous farewell, smiling bravely “to keep the ones they loved from knowing the anguish of their breaking hearts.” It was hard to keep from despairing when the musicians played the plaintive tune: “The Girl I Left Behind Me.” That became prophecy, for Custer, and the soldiers who rode with him the following month on June 25th would die at the Little Big Horn.

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Red Cross

Sep 13, 2018

As more young men left for the battlefields of France, service flags were proudly displayed in homes, business, churches and social organization across North Dakota. In fact, service flags were such a popular display of patriotism, that service flag stationary became available. Each page of writing paper or envelope contained a star for each member of the family serving in the military, along with the emblem of the branch of service to which they belonged.