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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.

Lonnie was born in 1961 and raised on a Minnesota country farm. He is descended on his mother’s side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. Lonnie currently lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota enjoying woodworking and back country skiing in the Quetico/Boundary Waters Wilderness of the Minnesota/Canadian border area.

David O'Hara is Professor of Philosophy, Classics, and Environmental Studies at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, and as the Director of Sustainability.

From this year’s TEDx event in Fargo, Governor Doug Burgum visits with Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins. St. Peter was born in Bismarck and is a UND alum.


Sunday, September 8, at 5pm: 

Join host Jack Russell Weinstein for this month's episode of Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life. Jack will talk with UC Berkeley professor Robert Alter on the subject, “Why do we need a new translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

Some 30,000 citizens of every age jammed their way into Fargo’s Island Park to welcome and celebrate “The Medora President” this week in September of 1910.  

Theodore Roosevelt did not disappoint. Among those in the crowd were children, with their stuffed toy “Teddy” bears in tow.

The freshly former president spoke as he lay the cornerstone for the Andrew Carnegie Library at Fargo College, the city’s first college, now long gone, that stood above Island Park.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 – The North Dakota School for the Blind has been around for more than a century, and it continues to provide valuable services. It’s part of North Dakota Vision Services that provides assistance for many of the 6000 North Dakotans that have severe visual impairment. Here to tell us more about the continuing mission of the agency is Ken Dockter, the coordinator of adult services. ~~~ We get a preview of this weekend’s UTTC Pow-Wow from Katt Chapin and LuAnn Poitra. It’s the 50th anniversary of the pow-wow. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Prairie Wolves. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a Main Street Eats discussion of chokecherries. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Sue Balcom of The Root Sellers Farm outside Mandan shares how chokecherries got their name, and how we can use them. (spoiler alert: you might need a lot of sugar)

A parade of national figures came together to lay the cornerstone for the new Dakota Territory Capitol in Bismarck on this date in 1883. They included Henry Villard, president of the Northern Pacific Railway; financier Jay Cooke; former President Ulysses Grant; Hunkpapa Lakota holy man Sitting Bull; and a German minister appearing for Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. More than 3,000 people attended the ceremony.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – A new service will provide mental health support for children and adults in North Dakota. “Imagine Thriving Skills Coaching” looks to address the need before situations become a crisis that can lead to school expulsion, job loss, family break-up, addiction relapse, crime, or severe mental health episode requiring a hospital stay. Joining us are Tina Jacobs and Sara Stallman of Lutheran Social Services. ~~~ The public is invited to attend tomorrow’s induction ceremony for this year’s additions to the Native American Hall of Honor in the State Museum of the North Dakota Heritage Center. Today we share the story of 2019 inductee John Smith. ~~~ From PRX, a touching back-to-school story titled “White Teacher, Native Student.” It’s about the power of culturally responsive teaching from independent producer Sara Bromer.

Food Insecurity

Sep 4, 2019

We conclude the series as we hear about the reasons food insecurity has increased in the state. We visit with health and nutrition consultant Karen Ehrens and the new president of the Great Plains Food Bank, Melissa Sobolik, who will also tell us about their statewide summit coming up on the 24th.