I have to give my flick of tail (tip of the hat) to Governor Burgum for trying to inspire communities across this great state of ours, through his Main Street Initiative.

While nobody actually knows what the Main Street Initative Is, especially communities who don’t even have a Main Street, at least he’s trying. Although it’s laughable to think that small communities with 500 or fewer residents will actually boom as a result of adding a coffee shop to their central hubs.

That said, as I was browsing social media, I came across a tweet from our Governor earlier today. The Governor mentions how spaces can in essence be recycled to create vibrant spaces for communities to work, play, and do business and links to a new domain I previously hadn’t seen before, MainStreetND.org.

There’s only one problem. MainStreetND.org doesn’t exist…well, at least it didn’t when the Governor tweeted it.

Nearly six hours after Governor Burgum tweeted the domain, it was still available for purchase, meaning nobody in his administration had actually bothered to secure the domain. So we did.

Now, MainStreetND.org re-directs to our website, The Flickertail Times.

While innovation plays an important role in success, so does planning ahead – like buying a domain before Tweeting about it. And the only thing we love at the Flickertail Times more than innovation is a good laugh.

Thank you Governor Burgum for innovating our communities and for the increased web traffic.

All the best,

Teddy Meadowlark
Editor, Flickertail Times


12 Hours after we purchased mainstreetnd.org, folks finally caught on to the joke (had we not tweeted the above article to a few members of the press, the joke would probably still be live). The real domain the Governor meant to post was mainstreetnd.com. It was a fun joke while it lasted, but a little concerning that nobody in the past 12 hours bothered to check the link the Governor tweeted. Yes, for 12 hours, a link the Governor tweeted went unchecked and instead, forwarded to our website, where the top headline compared the Governor to a turkey. 

The Tweet has since been deleted but we captured a screenshot of it just for fun.