Main Street

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Main Street, hosted by Doug Hamilton and with contributor Ashley Thornberg, keeps its finger on the pulse of Prairie Public's broadcast region. Find the Main Street archives here.

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Monday, May 14 – Amy Krueger was the recipient of the governor’s 2018 “Legend Award” for Travel and Tourism. Amy is the director of the Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau. She joins us to discuss Williston’s growth, paddlefish, Band Day, the Chokecherry Festival, chainsaw carving and more. ~~~ The lack of high-speed internet is a real problem in many rural areas. Without it, businesses locate elsewhere, young people flee, and aging residents can’t access telemedicine, meaning communities risk becoming ghost towns. Ben Kuebrich of Harvest Public Media has more.

Jack Russell Weinstein, host of “Why? Philosophical Discussions of Everyday Life,” is here to preview this Sunday’s conversation with Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and St. Olaf, and the author of “The Existentialist Survival Guide.” ~~~ Not a lot of films get made in North Dakota. On this week's Prairie Pulse with host Matt Olien, we learn about the challenges and successes filmmaker Dan Bielinski faced in making his short film, “The Badlands Girl.” ~~~ Our Friday news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien has this week’s movie review, “Tully.”

Thursday, May 10 – The weather has finally cooperated, meaning it’s time for horticulturist Ron Smith to answer your lawn and garden questions. Call 888-755-6377 or write mainstreet at prairie public dot org. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

Danielle Andersen is an associate director for the Storycorps mobile tour, which is coming to North Dakota in June. She joins us to explain how you can reserve a spot to record a conversation with a loved one, or anyone else you choose. StoryCorps gives people of all backgrounds, typically two at a time, the opportunity to record meaningful conversations that will be archived at the Library of Congress. ~~~ Mark Trahant shares a commentary about an effort to relax pollution rules in Minnesota that could affect wild rice.

Tuesday, May 8 – Another exhibit of the St. John’s Bible has come to North Dakota. The “Gospel & Acts” volume is now on display at St. Gabriel’s Community in Bismarck through May 17th.  Today we visit with David Allen, senior consultant for spiritual care at the Benedictine health system. He’s had the responsibility transporting the exhibit on a tour through the Midwest, and he shares some interesting stories about that journey. ~~~ The Quilters Guild of North Dakota will be holding a quilt expo this weekend.

Monday, May 7 – If you're a foodie, and you don't know the name Sean Sherman, it's time to. He started the collective The Sioux Chef. Members of the collective on a mission to revitalize traditional indigenous food, and their new cookbook – The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen – just won the James Beard Award for American cookbooks. It’s one of our thank you gifts during our membership drive. Today we share an encore presentation of the conversation we had with him last December.

Friday, May 4 – Bill Thomas visits the Butterhorn restaurant in Bismarck where he chats with Chef Stephanie Miller. ~~~ And speaking of food, Chuck Lura says time to hunt morel mushrooms in today’s Natural North Dakota essay. ~~~ NDSU history professor Tom Isern shares this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Operation Snowbound.” ~~~ News director Dave Thompson joins us for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Thursday, May 3 – David Jenkins is president of an organization called Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, a group that supports the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention rule, which helps reduce lost natural gas. He joins us to explain why failing to recover the wasted gas is bad for taxpayers. ~~~ Part two of our series from Harvest Public Media on beef cattle genetics. ~~~ The governor’s Travel and Tourism Awards were recently announced.

Wednesday, May 2 – George Crook is one of history's often overlooked generals. We hear his story from Gary Enright, the director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, South Dakota, as he visits with Lori Walsh of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.” ~~~ In part one of a two-part series, Harvest Public Media reports on how ranchers are using genetics to build up beef herds.

Tuesday, May 1 – It’s our monthly Editors’ Roundtable show with news director Dave Thompson. This month we welcome new guest Kimberly Wynn, Bismarck Tribune city editor, who will be joined by roundtable veteran Matt Von Pinnon, editor of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. ~~~ A report from Harvest Public Media on how the growing demand for halal meats in the US is changing food production.