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October 14 at 5pm:

“Why Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life” host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Professor Derek Black explore the question, “Is there a right to education and literacy?”

Leonard Cohen says intense White House visitor Kanye West is "No Picasso." from beyond the grave, Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac for canning him and Spoon covers The Clash for Beto O' Rourke.

By Carrie Levine

The Center for Public Integrity

  FORT YATES, North Dakota — Two years ago, when Chase Iron Eyes decided to run for Congress, he knew he had, as he puts it, “a snowball’s chance in hell” of winning.

But Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, still saw the narrowest of paths to victory in the race for North Dakota’s sole congressional seat. If he and the two other Native American candidates running for state offices as Democratic nominees were able to boost Native American voter turnout while simultaneously convincing independent-minded undecided voters to break their way, he explained, he thought he might win.

Arikara Map

19 hours ago

Maps can be extremely valuable. They can help you find your way to a location, they can show you the exciting features of a landscape or city, and they can help you visualize data in different ways. But what about unexplored and unmapped areas? This was the challenge faced by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1804 when President Thomas Jefferson gave them the job of exploring the Louisiana Purchase.

The Food Pledge

Oct 11, 2018

On this date in 1917, Europe was at war. America had not yet joined the fight, but there was another war to be waged: the war against hunger. Europe was woefully short of food. Herbert Hoover, the Food Administrator, announced that the United States could do a great deal to help the European allies, suggesting that Americans eat less of the foods that could be shipped to Europe, and more of the perishable foods that could not.

Spanish Flu

Oct 10, 2018

On September 29, 1917, throngs of people had stood amid garlands of red, white and blue bunting, waving flags and banners as they crowded on the railroad platforms to send off Company B of the First Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard.  Patriotic speeches and music filled the air.  For the families it had been a long, prayerful year.  At first the war news was hopeful and only a spattering of local names were among the casualty lists, but as the American Expeditionary Force took on a more aggressive role, the ranks of the dead and wounded began to swell.

On this date in 1920, several men including the chief of the North Dakota prohibition office found themselves in hot water for transporting a “motor car full of whiskey.” Theodore Musgjerd, a former clerk in the prohibition office, was arrested and charged with transporting 125 quarts of whiskey from Fargo to Sioux Falls.

In the 1880s, the question was asked: “How Large Will Pumpkins Grow in Dakota?” The answer was: “pretty big.”  The man behind the large-pumpkin question was Joseph Barth, manager of the St. Paul One Price Clothing store in Bismarck.

Whooping Cranes

Oct 6, 2018

Each spring and fall I am anxious to hear any news of whooping cranes in the state. This year is no exception. It seems like each year a few of them are spotted in the state during their migrations.    

At around five feet tall the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. They also sport a white body, red or crimson cap, and impressive 7-foot wingspan. They are quite a sight in flight, with their neck and legs stretched out, and huge wingspan with black tipped wings. The black wing tips are only visible during flight, not when the bird is standing. 

Regan's Namesake

Oct 5, 2018

Many towns in North Dakota are named for someone, and the city of Regan is no different.  J. Austin Regan was an early businessman and mover-and-shaker in North Dakota. He was born in 1870 in Ontario, and grew up in Missouri. He came to Carrington, North Dakota when he was twenty-one and worked for an implement dealer for two years before moving to Fessenden, where he established a machinery business with a partner. He also formed an elevator business in 1896. Regan became sole owner of the implement dealership, but in 1899, the store burned, along with others in a great fire in 1899.