Main Street presents COVID-19: An Interactive Town Hall | Prairie Public Broadcasting

Main Street presents COVID-19: An Interactive Town Hall

Select dates at 3:00pm CT

Main Street is dedicating entire hours to COVID-19 issues, taking live questions and discussing a variety of topics with experts from around the region. 

Ask a question, or tell us a story!
Call 888-755-6377 during the live show, or send your questions, stories, and experiences anytime by voicemail to 701-428-1686, or email

Upcoming Shows

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming guests.

Ways to Connect

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - The pandemic is impacting us on levels we might not even be aware of. As part of our Covid-19 Interactive Town Hall series, we focus on mental and behavioral health. Pamela Sagness is the director of the Behavioral Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. She’ll share statewide resources. Also joining us is therapist and owner of Journey Counseling, Gail Nelson. She specializes in couples therapy and teaches disaster mental health classes.

Monday, April 27, 2020 - Stuck at home? Do you need some suggestions for good reading? Do you have some titles you’d like to suggest? As part of our COVID-19 Interactive Town Hall series, we take a lighter turn as we visit with Greg Danz of Zandbroz Variety in Fargo, and Sterling Reed, manager and acquisitions specialist with Ferguson Books & More, which has stores in Grand Forks and Bismarck.

Monday, April 20, 2020 - The CARES Act is the latest federal legislation to help address the hardships caused by the pandemic. The act includes direct financial assistance to Americans; aid to small businesses and employees; efforts to stabilize the economy and keep people employed; and additional support for healthcare professionals, patients, and hospitals. In another COVID-19 Main Street Interactive Town Hall, we discuss the CARES Act with Michelle Kommer, commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce; and Eric Hardmeyer, president of the Bank of North Dakota, which is actively involved with relief efforts. Record your story or question in advance at 701-428-1686, or email, or call 888-755-6377 during the 3pm live show. Our COVID-19 Town Hall series is sponsored by the North Dakota Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - An arts and humanities Town Hall conversation with Kim Konikow of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and Brenna Gerhardt of Humanities North Dakota. The arts and humanities are facing hard times, but people are also coming up with creative alternatives to public gatherings. Call in or email your arts and humanities story, good or bad, or ask a question of Kim and Brenna. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Hardwood.”

Monday, April 13, 2020 - Our third “Covid 19 Main Street Interactive Town Hall.” Today’s special guests are Dr. Paul Carson, Professor of Practice in Public Health at NDSU and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Sanford Health; and Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Public Health Program and the Indians into Medicine Program at the University of North Dakota Medical School.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - COVID-19: A Main Street Interactive Town Hall, today we discuss the challenge of schooling during a pandemic as students across the state go online for learning. Joining us are Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and Jeffrey Holm, UND Vice Provost for Online Education and Strategic Planning.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - To quote North Dakota agriculture commissioner Doug Goehring, “calves are born and seed needs to go in the ground. Agriculture does not respect a pandemic.”  He and Bette Brand, USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary, join us for a Main Street town hall, where we discuss the issues facing agriculture and rural communities, and we’ll take your calls and emails.