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

  • Shell Shocked, Gassed, and Side Sprained

    William E. Riley, of Geneseo, North Dakota, served as an infantryman in France during the Great War. There, according to a local historian, he was “shell shocked, gassed, and side sprained.” “Shell shock” was the term a century ago for what we now call PTSD. “Gassed” means Private Riley was caught in an attack of […]

  • Badgers

    We’ve been cussing badgers around our house this fall–ever since that day, out hunting sharptails with Little Angie the History Dog, I stepped into a badger hole, hyperextended my knee, and did a little number on my MCL. The only good thing about the whole episode is this nifty cane I can shake at whippersnappers, […]

  • The Bakken

    Since commencement of the Bakken Boom, we people of the northern plains have been bombarded with images of the oil patch. These portrayals range from the pollyanna-esque (everything about to the petroleum boom is wonderful, and if you don’t think so, you are unpatriotic) to the critically alarmist (everything about the petroleum boom is terrible, […]

  • Killers in the Osage Oilpatch

    There exists in the public mind a sense that petroleum booms are invariably accompanied by crime and corruption. Which they are–but the question remains, is it an inordinate amount of crime and corruption, or just what you would expect with a sudden increase in population and revenues? Also, how much is grounded fact, and how […]

  • The Plantsman

    Let me try to help you fellows who have trouble buying gifts for your significant others. Find yourself a gal who loves books, and in addition to the many other benefits of such a relationship, it will solve your dilemma as to gifting. So here is my current triumph: a first edition of Plants of […]

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