Plains Folk

Plains Folk, a commentary devoted to life on the great plains of North America, is now a special weekly feature on Main Street. Written by Tom Isern of West Fargo, North Dakota, and read in newspapers across the region for years, Plains Folk venerates fall suppers and barn dances and reminds us that “more important to our thoughts than lines on a map are the essential characteristics of the region–the things that tell what the plains are, not just where they are.” You can hear Plains Folk once a week during Main Street, weekdays at 3 pm CT with a repeat at 7 pm CT.

To read more Plains Folk commentaries, click on the “archives” link.

Recent Shows

  • Jay Cooke’s Gamble

    Early the morning of June 20, 1873, an ungainly caravan set out from Fort Rice, the frontier army post on the Missouri River south of present-day Mandan. Infantry, cavalry, and artillerymen comprised more than 1300 soldiers. Along with came the scouts, the mule-drawn wagons, the ambulances, even the hunting dogs of some of the officers. […]

  • Polished Stones

    Seems like we always find more than we bargained for when we venture off into the North Dakota landscape in search of curiosities. On a Saturday morning we made the drive to the village of Leonard, there to examine a remarkable little building recently profiled in Martens’s and Ramsey’s Buildings of North Dakota—the Watts Free […]

  • Buildings of North Dakota

    People across the prairies are embracing a landmark book, Buildings of North Dakota, as a traveler’s guide to the historic architecture of the Flickertail State. The work lounges on car seats and perches on dashboards as travelers explore small towns or venture up streets of our larger cities they never tried before, or at least, […]

  • Wildlife Clubs

    Acting on a tip from our old friend Vern, we took in the Alice Wildlife Club Oyster Stew Feed, an annual winter event in the Alice fire hall. It features, in addition to the named entre, fried oysters, ham, scalloped potatoes, chili, and bars. No alcohol sold, BYOB.   There are raffles. Gun raffles at […]

  • Revenant

    Movie-goers throughout the Great Plains are talking about a new take on an old legend: the saga of Hugh Glass.   Nowhere more so than in Lemmon, South Dakota, where the story of Glass, the ultimate survivalist who in 1823 crawled back from a grizzly attack, seems both real and, potentially, profitable. The incident took […]

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