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Piracy or Defending | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn about how history is in the eye of the beholder and Americans traditionally see their economic successes as progress in this video from the Steamboat on the Red series. In the case of the steamboats, however, the Chippewa people saw the Americans as rude and in violation of international law. When the Native people attempted to enforce their land rights, they were seen as pirates in the eyes of Americans.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

E-Business | Web Security

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Learn about the importance of web security which becomes top priority with more information changing hands electronically.

E-Business | Jeffrey Bezos

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Hear about the flexibility of the internet and its shaping by new technologies and decreasing costs in these early years of development, from Jeffrey Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. The rise of the Internet has provided a new market for North Dakota businesses. With shopping at a store now being as easy as typing in a web address, distance from consumers is becoming less of an issue in the business world.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Triple R Transport

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Hear the owners of Triple R Transport of Williston who have found that working within city ordinances to rezone land for their business can be frustrating and time consuming. Prior to obtaining the correct permits, they parked their trucks on their land and angered locals, but as one of the interviewees puts it, "Us being able to be here takes fifteen trucks out of the parking lot of the Wal-Mart."

Hot Jobs: Cyber Security Analysts Fight Crime/Science Matters

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Learn about the exciting opportunities for and vital roles played by Cyber Security Analysts in the growing field of Cyber Security. Watch this Science Matters video to learn what it means to be a Cyber Security Analyst and see if this job could be the right fit for you.

For more information about Hot Jobs from Science Matters, click here.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Caleb Frye

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Caleb Frye of the Williams County Sheriff’s Department speaks about how his job has changed with the population growth in the oil patch.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Howard Klug (Major Problems)

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Hear Williston, North Dakota city commissioner Howard Klug who explains that the city has two major problems: employees and infrastructure. There simply aren’t enough people to fill open service industry positions and positions with the city government. The documentary film "Faces of the Oil Patch" describes the new visage of the oil patch, the areas in and around Williston, Watford City, Tioga, Stanley, New Town, Parshall, and Fort Berthold;in the words of the people who live and work in these communities. The narratives and video are woven together with visual images captured by noted still photographer Wayne Gudmundson to show everyday life and the changing vernacular landscape of northwestern North Dakota.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Kasha Mason

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Learn about the typical housing arrangements for oil patch workers, as Kasha Mason of Mississippi explains why she prefers the term “lodge” to “man-camp” for the housing facility she runs, because of the controversy that has surfaced surrounding the multi-unit housing facilities.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Nathan Jermison (Growing Pains)

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Tioga mayor Nathan Jermison knows that the people and towns of northwestern North Dakota are hesitant to “stick their necks out for infrastructure needs” because they’ve been burned in the bust of the 80s.

Layover in Atlanta: The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport | Georgia Stories

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 Flying came into vogue at the turn of the century. Asa Candler built a speedway on 300 acres of cotton fields near the village of Hapeville where popular auto races and flying shows were staged. Cities need good transportation features to prosper and Atlanta was already a railroad hub in the South. Local pilots urged that an airport be built but aviation was thought to be a fad. It was not until 1927 when the city of Atlanta bought the speedway and the federal government made Atlanta an airmail stop that the airport really took off. Through the years new terminals were built and billions were pumped in the economy.

New Cargo | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn how, beginning in the late 1880s and early 1900s, the cargo transported on the steamboats changed from buffalo robes and furs to hard spring wheat, in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. As a result, grain elevators were built along the banks of the river, and farmers were able to get their crops to market fairly quickly.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

E-Business | The Dos and Don'ts of E-Business

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Hear about the “do’s and don’ts” of doing business on the internet, from a representative of Microsoft Great Plains. The rise of the Internet has provided a new market for North Dakota businesses. With shopping at a store now being as easy as typing in a web address, distance from consumers is becoming less of an issue in the business world.

People and Businesses | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn how communities began to develop on the banks of the Red River along the steamboats’ route in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. With new, cheaper means of transportation come people—first workers, then settlers, then merchants. 

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Eric Spaulding

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“It's about trying to make as much money as you can while you’re up here,” said trucker Eric Spaulding of Indiana. He also explains how many hours a trucker can work in a day and discusses the consequences that lack of experience can cause.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Gary Koschmeder

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Learn about Gary Koschmeder, originally from Iowa, he is the general manager of the Cenex station in Stanley, North Dakota, which is now affectionately known as “Bakken Central.”

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