Fruitcakes, Cosplay and Fireworks: Zany North Dakota Christmas Celebrations

It’s Christmastime in North Dakota, a place where Santa shows up in a helicopter, carolers in Renaissance costumes sing as wassail is served, and revelers…

Surviving The Maah Daah Hey Trail

The Maah Daah Hey Trail schooled me. I went from “I’m going to own this ride” to “Okay, I’m gonna have fun” to “Sweet Jesus,…

3 Soothing Spas In North Dakota

I’m not always great at relaxing, but I’ve been making a conscious effort to slow down and de-stress after having an incredibly restorative spa experience…

2016 Travel Snapshot

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for…

The Wild, Natural Wonders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and…

Weird and Wonderful Roadside Attractions On The Way To Medora, North Dakota

A lot happens on the road to Medora, North Dakota. As you drive west on I-94, a subtle shift begins. The horizon looks endless. The…

The Medora, North Dakota Road Trip Giveaway

Happy Tuesday, #PrairiePeople! By the time you read this, I’ll already be on the road to White Bear Lake, Minnesota, as part of my #PrairiePlaces…

Into the Woods: Exploring North Dakota’s petrified forest in the ‘graveyard of stumps’

Happy Sunday, Prairie People! Today I want to introduce you to Jack Dura, one of my favorite North Dakota writers. He has a great appreciation for local history and…

Beer, Cheese, Dessert And A Getaway: What Readers Really Want For Valentine’s Day

Forget the roses — Prairie Style File readers want decadent desserts, local craft beer, a romantic getaway and a cooler full of aged parmesan for Valentine’s Day. (And…

My Medora Hit List

I really didn’t think there’d be anything in Medora for me. I’m primarily an urban traveler, addicted to new passport stamps and exploring local shops, museums and restaurants. I’m…

Western Edge Books, Artwork, Music: A Medora Oasis

Western Edge Books, Artwork, Music is an oasis of calm in the middle of of North Dakota’s #1 tourist destination. Billed as a frontier bookstore…

The Stark Beauty of Western North Dakota

“The High Plains, the beginning of the desert West, often act as a crucible for those who inhabit them.” – Kathleen Norris Last month, I…