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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.

Mechanization on the Farm in the Early 20th Century | The People in the Pictures

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Learn how the first half of the twentieth century was a time of transition on the family farm in this video from Iowa Public Television. As tractors began to replace horses, farm families witnessed the birth of mechanization on the farm.

This segment from Iowa Public Television's documentary "The People in the Pictures: Stories from the Wettach Farm Photos" features original photography, restored archival color film, filmed recreations, and first-person accounts of farm life in rural America during the Great Depression and early twentieth century.

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.

Gooseberry Falls State Park | Two Harbors, MN

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On the banks of Lake Superior, the Civilian Conservation Corps left an indelibily legacy in Gooseberry Falls State Park. The beautifully crafted stone buildings they built at the height of the Depression stand as a testament to their hard work.

Red River Land | History of Travel | Getting to the Homestead

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Homesteaders could take a train part of the way to homestead in the Red River Valley, but after they got off the train, they had to find a way to get to unclaimed land.  These settlers used a variety of methods of transportation from walking to bicycles to wagons to steamboats, and, finally, on their farms, steam-powered tractors.

Darfur Stoves

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In this video from KQED's QUEST, see how researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove for the women in refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan. The stove is greatly reducing their need for firewood as well as reducing the threats against them.

Extreme By Design – Watch & Do Learning Episode 1: Being an Innovator

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"Extreme By Design - Watch & Do" is an interactive experience designed for 4th through 12th grade students, to be completed after watching the Extreme By Design documentary. Learning Episode 1 ("Being an Innovator") will help students think and act like innovators using the design thinking approach.

Scenes from the documentary are used to illustrate concepts, and a protagonist acts as a guide who provides instructions and explanations to the students.

The learning continues in Episode 2.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Introduction to programs, data types, and variables

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Explores writing a basic program, basics of data types, variables and conditional statements.

Red River Divide | Flood Control Part 1

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With each succeeding flood along the Red River, attempts have been made to develop and provide more effective permanent flood control, including earthen dikes and flood walls, diversions, holding ponds, and home buyouts. Better flood forecasting by the National Weather Service has enabled local and state governments to plan and react more effectively.

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.”

Faces of the Oil Patch | Glenda Baker Embry (Bust)

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Students will learn about the oil industry that has created a wealth of high-paying jobs in western North Dakota, but that has caused problems for local business owners: a lack of employees.

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