Dakota Datebook

From 2008 to 2012, I was a writer for the Prairie Public Radio program "Dakota Datebook." Dakota Datebook broadcasts unique stories from North Dakota history that are heard across the state and much of the Upper Plains.  The short narratives were fun to write, and I learned much about the history of the region as I hunted through research centers for fresh ideas.  My Datebooks are currently archived online, regularly rebroadcast, and some have even been re-purposed as instructional aids for teachers of North Dakota history.  

Dakota Datebook is an important component of the education missions of the North Dakota Humanities Council, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and Prairie Public Radio. I'm happy this digital public history platform exists and am honored to have been a part of it. More personally, it has been the genesis of some of my best memories as a historian and a teacher. From time to time when I am in North Dakota for the holidays, casual acquaintances stop me on the street just to say how much they enjoyed my stories, and Dakota Datebook more generally. It just doesn't get any better than that in the history field. Below is a sample of my work.


Lynn Joseph Frazier

Aired: January 10, 2008
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Aired: March 14, 2008
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Bjug Harstad and the Lutheran Academy

Aired: February 9, 2009
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Aired: June 27, 2008
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VCSU's V-12 Program

Aired: July 1, 2008
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Lawrence Welk's TV Debut

Aired: July 2, 2008
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Hudson Townsite

Aired: July 15, 2008
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The Incorporation of Minot

Aired: July 16, 2008
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Turtle Effigy Historical Site

Aired: July 30, 2008
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Paul Fjelde

Aired: August 12, 2008
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Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Aired: August 26, 2008
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Gov. Walter Maddock

Aired: August 28, 2008
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Inter-Tribal Trade

Aired: August 29, 2008
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The Fjelde Lincoln Bust

Aired: September 8, 2008
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The Governorship of Ole Olson

Aired: September 19, 2008
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National Interstate and Defense Highway

Aired: October 20, 2008
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The Duke Ellington Recordings

Aired: November 7, 2008
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Mayville State University

Aired: December 4, 2008
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Governor Frank Arlington Briggs

Aired: January 6, 2009
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The Pulver Mounds

Aired: February 3, 2009
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First Rail Service in North Dakota

Aired: June 6, 2009
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Knife River Flint

Aired: August 19, 2010
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North Dakota's First Million-Dollar Project

Aired: September 21, 2010
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Horace Greeley

Aired: November 29, 2010
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Anton Klaus - the "Father of Jamestown"

 December 30, 2010

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William Langer

 January 4, 2011

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Governor John Moses

 January 5, 2011

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The Expulsion Case of William Langer

 March 9, 2011

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Roosevelt and the Reclamation Act of 1902

 June 17, 2011

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The Enchanted Highway

Aired: June 21, 2011
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La Vérendrye expedition and the Menoken Village

 June 17, 2011

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Leon Jacobson and the Atomic Bomb

Aired: December 2, 2011
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A Cold War Education

 March 22, 2012

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