Clarissa Lynn has strong roots in North Dakota coming from a small, family farm operation north of Stanton or just a little south of Pick City by the Lake Sakakawea area where she did more bale haulin' and cow milkin' than fishin'; however, Clarissa grew up in a musical family loving and learning to dance to old time and country music.
Clarissa graduated from Dickinson State with a two-year broadcasting degree and a major in Elementary Education, later completing an Elementary Master's Degree from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD and the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Clarissa has always made radio a part of her weekends and summers while teaching during the school year. Clarissa and her husband, Tom, who is an Ag salesman for Butler Machinery Company, enjoy family, friends, Clarissa's old '67 Chevy, Tom's Harley, German cooking, and lots of dancing and music, music, music....!
"The BEST part of radio is the people I've met through the years," she says, "What a blessing!"
Listen to Clarissa Lynn on KBMR weekends, the Gospel Program at 10:00am and Happy Hour from noon to 2:00pm on Sundays.
The HISTORY of the Polka Dance?
For me, Clarissa Lynn, it began in the kitchen dancing to music played by my Dad and cousins. We had music in the
barn while milking cows and dancing with Mom "in-between"
changing the milking machines!! As a young girl, I remember a few barn dances on our family farm. I didn't realize back then that I'd treasure those dancing memories.
Polka was first danced in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1835.
It is a lively round dance to HAPPY music creating smiles, laughter, and fun. It's a great aerobic workout if you can dance 3 or 4 at a time. I hope North Dakota continues the tradition by passing it down to other generations. It's new-fashioned fun for today's youngsters!! It's not just Grandpa's rock n' roll music. Check out a dance festival with a polka, waltz, or a 2-steppin' tune like at the Spring Fling scheduled for Napoleon, North Dakota in May.