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Dakota Datebook

6:42 am, 8:42 am, 3:50 pm*, 5:44 pm, and 7:50 pm* CT
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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.


John E. Carland climbed about as high up the regional ladder as one can go in a legal profession. His career started in Bismarck and he eventually came to sit on the Supreme Court of the Dakota Territory as one of its last associate justices.



The Plains Indians were known for using every part of the bison. From the meat to the hides to the sinews, they could put the entire animal to good use. Buffalo hunters were known for being more wasteful.

A Peculiar Accident

Feb 23, 2018


A caboose was traditionally the last car on a train. They were first used in the 1830s to house the crew. It was originally a shed built on a flatcar. The origin of the name is uncertain, but one explanation connects the term to the sea.

Mail Order Houses

Feb 22, 2018


In 1918, due to the War effort and a slumping economy, North Dakota was feeling the financial pinch.  Millions of dollars were being drained by the war, and there was another factor that concerned state officials.  


George W. Lynn didn’t want the newest town in Emmons County to be named after him, but he found peace with the “Lynn Town” derivative, Linton.  Lynn was Emmons County’s first state’s attorney, and also a farmer and newspaper publisher.


In February of 1918, residents of Crosby had a lot to celebrate; they were dedicating the new Divide County Courthouse. The building was given its formal housewarming on this date.


On this date in 1904, the citizens of Linton, North Dakota were furious with Mr. Porter, the Secretary of State. The subject of the dispute was a proposed cemetery.


The history of “wild-west” Medora makes up one of North Dakota’s best stories with its intimate connections to Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis de Mores, the Badlands, cattle herds, and the National Grasslands.


Three miles east of the Montana border is Golva, one of North Dakota’s youngest towns. Like other communities across the state, Golva has its roots in the railroad.


With the North Dakota boys manning the trenches on the front lines on this date in 1918, local newspapers were carefully scrutinized, hoping that the name of a loved one would not appear on the latest causality list.