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.
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This year we mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Killdeer Mountain, the Gettysburg of the Plains. I have been using that phrase, “Gettysburg of the Plains,” mainly as an attention-getter, but if pressed, I will stand by it. As with the Battle of Gettysburg, in the Battle of Killdeer Mountain, the fates of [...]
Given the virtually perfect success rate for wells drilled in the Bakken today, it is easy to forget the number of dry holes punched in the northern prairie over the past century. The biggest one, says the petroleum industry’s first academic chronicler in North Dakota, is historical. Clarence A. Herz entitles the initial chapter of [...]
So hurrah for Lane County, the land of the free, The home of the grasshopper, bedbug, and flea! These lines from the Kansas folksong, “The Lane County Bachelor,” may be a delight to entomologists today, but they were a lament of prairie homesteaders. Of the trifecta named in the song, we may observe, first, [...]
Here is the happy ending to a story I have been telling for weeks. On December 31, 1902, the US Land Office issued a certificate of patent for 160 acres to Ludwig Welk, of Tirsbol, in Emmons County, North Dakota. And here is another happy ending. With acquisition of this property, the State Historical Society [...]
As the State Historical Society of North Dakota takes over the Welk Homestead in Emmons County for a state historic site, it will, for the first time, have a site on which to interpret the history of homesteading and pioneer farming. There will have to be a research base for this in order to tell [...]
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