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

  • Mr. Abell’s Round Barn

    Gerald, my guide to the ghost town of Burnstad and its vicinity in Logan County, figured he could get us there, but not directly. He knew about the Robert Abell round barn, but the problem was, in this wet hydrological cycle we have seen since the early 1990s, many of the section roads of Gerald’s […]

  • Sully’s Rock

    Henry F. Hughes was a farm boy from Mt. Pleasant, in Cass County, Nebraska Territory. His father was born in Pennsylvania, his mother in Ohio. Henry was the oldest of three children born to the household in Ohio during the 1840s and 1850s. A fourth child was born in Nebraska in about 1856. At age […]

  • Landscape of Remembrance

    A hundred yards up the causeway, a whoop went up. I was casting for pike in Alkaline Lake, southern Kidder County, and not having much luck. Two older couples – I mean, older than me – were within earshot, and one of the old guys, having tied into a heavy fish, was hollering for a […]

  • The Siege of Fort Abercrombie

    You know how when you’ve been living with a project for a long time, you’re happy finally to move it off your desk. Which is what I did this week with a 101-page report to the National Park Service, its subject: the Siege of Fort Abercrombie, 1862. Then I had to write an executive summary […]

  • Vineyards in Grassy Places

    To begin with a really bad pun: when you labor in the vineyard long enough, the work eventually has its rewards. Since 2002 my Suzzanne and I have been pursuing a line of historical research in a particular grassland region of New Zealand—a district known as the Lindis, in Central Otago. This is in the […]

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