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

  • 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 […]

  • Hugh Glass

    Just beginning to play in American theaters: The Revenant, based on a novel by Michael Punke, directed by Alejandro Iñárritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The real star, however, is a legend—the mountain man Hugh Glass.   I’ve always had a quarrel with the heroic term, “mountain man.” Truth be told, many if not most of the […]

  • Christmas Truce

    At Christmastime 1914, the editors of the Bismarck Tribune prayed for peace, as the Great War had descended on Europe. Nevertheless, there was a bit of smugness in their statement, “There never was a year in the history of the nation when it had more reason to celebrate the season with joy and thanksgiving. At […]

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