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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.


As settlement of northern Dakota Territory was well underway, two military leaders disagreed in letters to newspapers about the plains’ main attraction: fertility of the land.



With thousands of American troops now at the front in France on this date in 1918, food conservation had become critical.  A new guide was issued which called for at least one wheatless meal each day except Monday when no wheat products were allowed.  



On this date in 1920, the Hope Pioneer trumpeted warnings about the rise of communism. Over an article that included excerpts from the Communist Manifesto, the headline read that communists intended to “Overthrow World Order.”


In December of 1917, George M. Cohan’s little ditty, “Over There,” was sold to a New York publisher for $25,000.  Representing a payment of $161 a word or $138 a note, it became the highest payment per word for any composition up to that time.



The 30th Bombardment Squadron, which would one day be stationed in North Dakota, has its roots in WWI, where it first formed as the 30th Aero Squadron. The men in the unit trained as pilots, but due to circumstances, they became more well acquainted with construction jobs.



One of North Dakota’s early legislators was Harve Robinson. Harve came to Sentinel Butte in the spring of 1891 after attending Purdue University of Indiana. For ten years he was a cowpuncher along the badlands of North Dakota’s western edge.

Tag your shovel day

Jan 30, 2018

During the Great War, many items were needed for the troops fighting halfway across the world. This put a strain on items back on the home front – so limits and strictures were placed on items such as foods, metal, and fuel. In a program to encourage conservation, on this date in 1918, North Dakota observed "tag your shovel day" in cooperation with the US Fuel Administration.



Gretna Green may be the most romantic town in Scotland. It has been known as a destination for young lovers ever since 1754 when England enacted a law requiring a couple to be over twenty-one to marry without parental consent.


Historically speaking, the term “eugenics” has had a troubled legacy.  Eugenics came from a Greek word meaning “good birth,” and the eugenics movement of the 1800s and early 1900s sought to apply principles of heredity to improve the human race.

Streeter Libel Law

Jan 25, 2018


The North Dakota State Legislature passed the Streeter Libel Law in 1905. The law was named for its sponsor, Darwin Streeter, a member of the House of Representatives.