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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.


Women have been serving as police officers for more than a century in the United States. While the earliest of these women is not known, there are records that show a Marie Owens on duty with the Chicago Police Department in the 1890s.

Monday, January 15 – Dr. Peter Huff, professor of theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck is the featured speaker for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. He joins us to preview the state’s annual observance. ~~~  The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, bring us a profile of Georgia Gilmore, a fearless cook who secretly fed — and funded — The Civil Rights Movement. ~~~~ Rozanne Junker has written “Renatus’ Kayak:  A Labrador Inuk, An American G.I.


James J. Hill is a big name in the railroading history of the Great Plains, earning his nickname “The Empire Builder.”  In 1878, Hill teamed up with several other investors to purchase the financially ailing St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, which was renamed the Great Northern Railway.


The United States Postal Service has a long history stretching back over two centuries, to when Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General. By 1863, door-to-door delivery was established where the income could cover the cost; prior to that, a person had to pick up their mail at the post office.


Life in McKenzie County was a new experience for the Reverend Richard C. Jahn. The twenty-year-old seminary student had answered a call for a minister from Schafer, North Dakota in the fall of 1915. He traveled by train from Missouri to reach his new post by November, and found lodging with a bachelor homesteader in a cabin about twenty miles east of Watford City.

Wednesday, January 10 – From The Cutting Ed Podcast, host Tom Gerhardt speaks with Cory Steiner about customized learning. Steiner is superintendent at Northern Cass. The school is piloting a three-year program aimed at meeting students where they’re at. ~~~ Millions of people are unable to control their eating, says Joan Ifland, PhD.

Somewhere in France

Jan 10, 2018


 With the North Dakota boys now on foreign soil, news from the front was anxiously awaited, but censorship rules had tightened.  Most censored items dealt with the general movement of troops and supplies.  

On September 8, 1897, the Presentation Sisters opened St. John’s Orphanage and Free School in Fargo. The building used to house St. Joseph’s Convent and Academy, but the convent shifted that year to the Sacred Heart Academy, making room for the new orphan school.

  Monday, January 8 – “Into the Amazon” is a new television documentary from American Experience. It’s the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing expedition down a tributary of the Amazon River. It debuts tomorrow night on PBS at 8 central. Clay Jenkinson is one of the scholars interviewed, and he joins us to discuss his involvement with the project. Clay is a distinguished scholar of the humanities at Bismarck State College and the founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.

Devils Lake Fire

Jan 8, 2018


On this date in 1909, the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean reported on a devastating fire. It started in the kitchen of the Routier Restaurant early in the morning.