Flagpole Guy Chronicles

Starring Jim Swartout, the ND Flagpole Guy and his trusty sidekick, Tripper the Flagpole Dog. Join Jim in his adventures as he travels beautiful North Dakota putting up flagpoles. Where he meets with new and old friends who share their personal stories and express their love for God and Country.

Episode 1: Big Ole Glory

In this Episode Jim joins Scott Hennen live on the radio program , “What’s on Your Mind” on AM 1100 The Flag on location at Schwan Buick GMC in Mandan, ND. Where Jim puts up one of his tallest flag poles yet. A crowd of supporters, boy scouts and honor guard is there to join in on the festivities of raising the largest flags to date. Special interview with Steve Schwan President/CEO of Scwan Buick GMC and special appearance by Todd Mitchell of KFYR .

Episode 2: If First You Don’t Succeed

In this Episode Jim re-installs a flag pole for his very first client John Seil in Rugby, ND the center of North America. John is an avid duck hunter who shares his stories and large collection of taxidermy, along with the politics of the day.

Episode 3: Everyone Wants To Help

In this Episode Jim is helped by Ralph Volson of RV ENTERPRISES in Drake, North Dakota. Soon more help arrive as they are hurry to get a flag pole up for his son’s wedding. Will they make it in time for wedding rehearsal?
Ralph and Jim sit down for a heart to heart talk.

Episode 4: The Tribute

In this fun but heart touching episode, Jim is putting up flagpoles at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Surrounded by secret drones that can not be shown, Jim has to be escorted every time he leaves the hanger to get to his truck. And yet, he finds time to do work while being on the radio program “What’s On Your Mind” with Scott Hennen.

Jim then interviews Senior Airman Martinez and finds out how a Californian likes living in North Dakota. He takes time to visit the Riverview cemetery in Williston, ND for memorial day. Where he pays tribute to the men and women who have given their life for our Country. He recounts and memorializes his son John Austin Swartout and shares the pain of losing his son to suicide. While celebrating the life that he had lived, who gave not only inspiration to others, but was the one who is the inspiration for the show.

Episode 5: Leaving A Legacy

In this episode Jim travels to the country’s smallest country seat, Amidon North Dakota, where he meets up with Dr. Bob Rotering at the local cemetery. Together, along with friends they erect a flagpole to honor his recently remodeled family plot. Dr. Bob shares of his families humble beginnings from 1908 and why he took on the project of restoring his families plot and the entire cemetery.

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