Plains Folk

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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

  • Big Mound

    Finally we had to call it quits, Angie the History Dog and I, because the snow fell too thick for photography. We were on the Big Mound, and I could not discern Lake Kunkel through my lens. Time to head back to Tappen for a burger and get home while we still could.   By […]

  • Tall Crown’s War

    There was this Dakota Indian, a Wahpekute named Tall Crown, and everyone agreed he was just crazy. By “everyone” I mean all the white guys who observed his actions or wrote about them. I disagree. I think he was perfectly rationale, and in fact, he made history.   Let me begin this story at the […]

  • Camp Atchison

    Could I be buried here, please? The site is inconvenient enough to keep away nuisance visitors, and the view is, you might say, to die for. Here I stand, in my mind, at the graveside of Private George E. Brent, a.k.a. Addie Brent, Company D, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry. I don’t know the origin of […]

  • Bison Heart

    Since last winter there has been a bison heart in our freezer, awaiting its time on the table. Frankly, I was a little intimidated by the thing. No one I knew ever had cooked one. Written sources consulted were not reassuring, as they all dealt with problems of taste and texture. We had acquired this […]

  • Rømmegrøt

    Some people call it Julegrøt, because they prepare and serve it mainly as a holiday ritual. Year-round it is known as rømmegrøt, rømme meaning sour cream and grøt meaning porridge. Around these parts, Norwegians generally get their fix of this sour cream porridge at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot or at their local Sons of […]



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