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Plains Folk is a commentary devoted to life on the great plains of North Dakota. 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."
 
Stories of things that happened in North Dakota and vicinity. Sitting Bull to Phil Jackson, cattle to prairie dogs, knoefla to lefse. In partnership with the Historical Society of North Dakota, and funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National ...
 
Every 2 nd and 4th Tuesday evening at 6:00PM, WCBU airs Outside the Horseshoe prior to the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meeting. Each program features Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce as she previews some of the top issues on the council agenda, or delves into an important topic in city politics and government. Tune in to WCBU before each Peoria City Council meeting for this program, or catch the podcast of each episode.
 
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In the 1890s, World Champion speed skater, John Johnson, raced a young teenager in Bathgate, North Dakota. Afterwards, Johnson told a Minneapolis reporter, “He’s the fastest fellow on a small rink that I’ve ever seen… he’s got such marvelous control that he could skate in a wash tub. His name is Norval Baptie. Keep the name in mind because you’ll b…
 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Dave Thompson joins us for his weekly news chat, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. ~~~ Poetry from Studio 47 ~~~ A Postcard from the Prairie with Eliza Blue. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews two films today, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” and “The Princess Switch: Switched Again.” ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for Main Street …
 
Last month we heard how the 1918 influenza pandemic struck Bowbells, North Dakota. Local boards of health closed schools, churches and places of public gatherings. Dozens of families and residents were sickened. Many died, including a newlywed couple who were 26 and 18 years old. Red Cross workers cared for the sick and urged residents to help out.…
 
Tuesday, November, 24, 2020 - We visit with filmmaker Matt Fern about his documentary “Fighting Over Sioux.” It’s the story of the controversy over the Sioux nickname. It’s coming to theatres and streaming online this week. Matt is owner of “The Creative Treatment,” a production company in Bismarck. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay, “The Ag…
 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - Nurses are among the heroes during this pandemic, and they have many concerns. Joining us is the president of the North Dakota Nurses Association, Tessa Johnson. ~~~ Mark Trahant comments on the potential of Native Americans joining the cabinet of the Biden administration. ~~~ Thanksgiving in America has become a time fo…
 
Sunday, November 22, 2020 - News director Dave Thompson starts us off with an update on the pandemic situation in North Dakota. ~~~ The novel, “In the Shadow of Dora,” spans two very different decades, involving a Nazi concentration camp and the launch of Apollo 11. Here to explain the connection is the author, Patrick Hicks, a writer-in-residence …
 
Friday, November 20, 2020 - Rich Lemay is the executive director for Legal Services of North Dakota. He joins us to discuss the pandemic’s impact on the demand for legal assistance, involving such things as evictions, bankruptcies, and more. He also comments on the challenge of providing services safely. ~~~ We share a feature about Hamzat Amoussa …
 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - A University of Mary professor’s new book draws parallels between society today and life in the 18th Century. “Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason” is a reflection on interacting with diverse people in a divisive age. We visit with the author, Dr. Joseph Stuart, associate professor of history and f…
 
Erosion is constant in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where the colorful but crumbly Badlands are on full display. A scenic loop rings the park’s South Unit at Medora, taking visitors through prairie dog towns, river bottomland and layered bluffs. The park was established in 1947 as Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, but the 21-mile loop…
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Community Health Centers serve much of North Dakota, providing care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. One of those centers is Family Health Care in Fargo. Joining us to discuss how they are managing the pandemic, and the importance of people continuing their primary medical care is Dr. Kinsey Nelson. ~…
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - Prairie Public's Dave Thompson talks with state Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms on the change in some CARES Act funding that affects the oil industry. He also updates the reclamation program. The conversation is the fourth in Dave’s ongoing series titled “Energy Issues and Answers: Oil Well Reclamation.” Find all …
 
Typhoid is caused by bacteria associated with human waste. In the fall of 1893, Crookston had several dozen cases of typhoid, and as a precaution, authorities on this date flushed the city’s backed-up sewer main into the Red Lake River. Bad idea. Practically every downstream neighbor was affected, from farmhouses to small towns. Grand Forks, which …
 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - Online learning is everywhere. There's been steady growth throughout this century, but it exploded during the global pandemic. We visit with Minot's Barb Solberg, who co-wrote The Student Guide to the World Wide Web and WebCT back in 1999. ~~~ It's a great time to watch for shooting stars, as Chuck Lura explains in today…
 
News from around the state on this date: In 1894, Fessenden was itching to take over the Wells County seat, which they took from Sykeston ten days earlier. Sykeston lost the election fair and square, but things weren’t moving fast enough for some; so, a number of Fessenden residents took 20 wagons to Sykeston and forcibly took possession of county …
 
There is a new moon on November 15! And, if the sky is clear over the next week or so, the dark sky should make for good conditions to see falling stars. The Northern Taurids Meteor Shower began on October 20 and runs until December 10. It is not one of the more well-known meteor showers, producing maybe 5-10 meteors per hour. It peaked on the even…
 
Friday, November 13, 2020 - Terramera, a Canadian agritech company, says its Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture can transform how food is grown, fusing science, nature and artificial intelligence. The company’s lofty goal is to bring clean technology to farming and ranching that will fight climate change in a way that will benefit farmers, …
 
On this date in 1943, Earl Charles Reineke married Jane Marie Early. He was a broadcaster, and she was a dancer and professional model. Before his death, Reineke established a foundation to establish an educational or scientific memorial in Fargo, and when she died, half of Mrs. Reineke’s estate was added to the foundation. Their shared dream mater…
 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Jack Zaleski is the former editorial page editor for the Forum. Now he’d authored a history of the company. He joins us to discuss “Forum Communications Company: A Narrative History 1980-2018.” ~~~ Poetry from Studio 47 with Patrick Hicks as he reads three favorite poems written by his students. ~~~ Sue Balcom joins us…
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - On this Veterans Day, we share episodes from TellTale: Dakota Folklife and Stories that feature veterans. TellTale is a project of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Joining us are state folklorist Troyd Geist, and Makoche Studios producer David Swenson. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on antler …
 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Braver Angels is a group that creates dialogue between disparate political factions. Joining us to discuss the effort is co-coordinator Kim Martinson.~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay. ~~~ Matt Olien visits with Bruce Gjovig, who, with co-author Hiram Drache, wrote “Innovative Entrepreneurs of North Dakota and No…
 
Monday, November 9, 2020 - Angela Smith, associate professor of history at NDSU is one of the co-editors of a volume titled “ Historical Sex Work: New Contributions from History and Archaeology .” It’s an examination of the sex trade in America from 1850 to 1920. The essays take a close look at rarely-investigated topics such as race and the childr…
 
North Dakota voters split their votes at the polls and the results were freshly announced during this day’s morning sun in 1988. Vice President George Bush won North Dakota as well as the nation when he defeated challenger Michael Dukakis. Bush earned 54 percent of the national vote after serving as Vice President with popular President Ronald Reag…
 
Deer gun season started Friday. No doubt antlers will be the topic of much conversation, some of it even true, whether it is about the one that got away, or what have you. Most of those conversations will be on the size of the antlers or whether they were typical or atypical. But there are other aspects to antlers that we give scant attention. I wa…
 
“The question, Money vs. Fame, was decided for the affirmative,” reported the Golden Valley Chronicle on the debate featured in the first meeting of the Belfield Literary Society in February 1908. But wait a minute, which was the affirmative, money, or fame? No matter, the society moved on with an announcement that its next meeting would debate the…
 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - Jack Russell Weinstein discusses this Sunday’s WHY radio show when he discusses propaganda with Jason Stanley in an episode titled: “How Does Propaganda Work?” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for a recap of the week in news. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Let Him Go,” starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.…
 
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Author Mitzi Brunsdale visits with John Harris in an excerpt from the Prairie Pulse television show. They discuss her book about James Herriot, whose writings inspired the popular Public Television series, “All Creatures Great and Small.” ~~~ A story from the Tell Tale: Folklife and Stories. Today's title is "Divination…
 
With easy access to up-to-date reports, few people today rely on a weathervane for their weather predictions. Today a weathervane is mostly for decoration, but at one time, they were an important tool for anyone who needed to know what the weather had in store. On this date in 1903, the Hope Pioneer reminded readers of the humble weathervane that w…
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - While many local bookstores have closed over the years, there are several notable exceptions. One of them is Ferguson Books & More, which began in Grand Forks. Then they opened a store in Bismarck, and now, in the midst of the pandemic, they’re about to open a third location in West Fargo! Joining us to discuss this co…
 
Tuesday, November 3 - Kent Burkhardsmeier grew up in North Dakota. He’s a photographer and a poet. Those two skills are on display in his new book, “Stillness: Whispers From Nature.” It is an expression of his journey seeking peace in nature. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on meandering rivers. ~~~ On this election day, we check…
 
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