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

  • Heritage Trails

    Where a tire track curves into an open pasture, we call that a prairie trail. Where the section line is graded only occasionally, and the traffic is mostly just farm machinery, that’s a minimum maintenance road. Other section roads are graveled, and a step up from that, some county roads get the asphalt treatment. Then […]

  • Public Enemies

    It took a serious public relations campaign to transform Ben and Stella Mae Dickson into Public Enemy No. 1 and Public Enemy No. 2, as designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yes, they did rob a couple of banks in 1938—first in Elkton, South Dakota, and after that one in Brookings. But they didn’t […]

  • Celebrating Zeeland Hall

    In my life in North Dakota, I have been privileged to take part in some deeply affecting heritage events—events significant to me as a historian, but more than that, meaningful to communities on the ground. I think back a few weeks ago to the rededication of the Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery, where I was asked […]

  • Spanish Influenza

    Across the country we observe the centennial of the Great War, World War I. Mostly we dwell upon the heroism and horrors of the conflict between the Allies and the Central Powers, and of course, here in the US we tell the story of how American entry into the war turned the tide. There was […]

  • The Mystery of the Martyrs of Walhalla

    When Charlotte O. Van Cleve happened on the grave of Cornelia Leonard Spencer in Walhalla in 1885, as described in a previous essay, she set in motion a train of remembrance that runs right through to a remarkable historic site in Walhalla Hillside Cemetery today. The site of the Martyrs of Walhalla is beautifully situated […]

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