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Dakota Datebook

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Sitting Bull to Phil Jackson, cattle to prairie dogs, knoefla to lefse. Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 6:42 am, 8:42 am, 3:50 pm*, 5:44 pm, and 7:50 pm* CT on Prairie Public. Find the 2003-2017 archives here.

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Dakota Datebook is generously funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In December 1930, the Committee on Transmissible Diseases of Poultry for the American Veterinary Medical Association presented a paper prepared by doctors Arthur  Schalk and Merle Hawn from the North Dakota Agricultural College.  The paper described Avian Infectious Bronchitis, an illness caused by the infectious bronchitis virus.  This would be the first scientific description of a coronavirus infection.

Mandan Crying Hill

Dec 15, 2020

On this date in 1986, The Bismarck Tribune announced that the biggest sign in the state was going to be moved and reconstructed. In 1934, Boy Scouts used white painted rocks to spell out the name MaNDan, with the N and D capitalized, on the south side of Crying Hill in Mandan. At the time, towns across the country were encouraged to spell out their names on hills and waters towers, to help guide pilots. The sign was 300 feet long and 70 feet high. In 1959 railroad ties were used to spell out the words “Trail West” underneath. Over the decades the large sign was occasionally vandalized and the stones repainted. It eventually fell into disrepair.

On this date in 1911, North Dakotans were relieved to learn that the killer of Richland County Sheriff George Moody was no longer a threat. The killing occurred at a farm owned by United States Marshal James Shea, seven miles south of Wahpeton. The farm had been unoccupied for quite some time.

Pioneer Wife, Part 3

Dec 11, 2020

Today we have the final installment in our 3-part series from Helen Smith of Wimbledon, North Dakota who won 1st prize from Dakota Farmer magazine for her article on managing home life on a 1907 farm, read by Meghan Vettleson.

Pioneer Wife, Part 2

Dec 10, 2020

Yesterday, we began a 3-part series quoting from an article written by Helen Smith of Wimbledon for the Dakota Farmer magazine in 1907. Here is part two, read by Meghan Vettleson, as Helen describes her day after 3 of her 6 children have left for school in the morning.

In 1907, The Dakota Farmer magazine asked for letters explaining how women managed farm homes without hired girls. The first prize went to Helen Smith of Wimbledon, North Dakota, and was published in the magazine that December. Today we begin a three-part series quoting from Helen Smith’s submission, read by Meghan Vettleson.

Measles in Schools

Dec 8, 2020

North Dakota’s Legislature passed a law in 1975 that increased requirements for school immunizations. Parents had to provide proof their children had immunizations for several diseases, including measles. Epidemics in schools had posed challenges for decades in North Dakota, with measles bringing the risk of complications such as pneumonia.

Across the United States, the country recoiled on this date in 1941 at the alarming news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the declaration of war by the Japanese.

Pearl Harbor was then a largely unknown location to most Americans. A shocked President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would famously announce on radio that the surprise raid was “a date that will live in infamy.” The famous phrase is still one of the most heart wrenching and well-known exclamations in history.

Karen Ivesdal

Dec 4, 2020

On this day in 1987, the Bismarck Tribune published a moving story about the memorial service for Karen Ivesdal. About 300 of the 416 residents of Edmore gathered to celebrate the short life of the Edmore native. Miss Ivesdal had been tragically murdered in Zimbabwe the previous week, a day before her 32nd birthday.

When Rudy Froeschle of Hazen, North Dakota, mustered out of the service after World War II, he picked up some pamphlets.  Rudy found out you could buy a surplus B-17 bomber for 350 dollars.  Froeschle had piloted B-17s during the war and thought it would be great to get one.  Rudy couldn’t buy one himself, but when he got back to his hometown of Hazen, he talked the school board into buying one for “educational purposes” and offered to fly it in for them.   The school ordered a bomber.

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