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Prairie Churches | Count Berthold von Imhoff (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn about a German immigrant artist, Berthold von Imhof, who began in eastern Pennsylvania, then moved to Saskatchewan, his base for work that spread to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Prairie Churches | Count Berthold von Imhoff (Part 2 of 2)

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Learn about a Roman Catholic, Berthold von Imhoff who painted for churches of many denominations, often donating his work and making each unique. 

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Individual Freedom

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Learn about the history of automobiles in North Dakota. The automobile age gave freedom of movement and choice for passengers and freight. With more people driving cars, the push came for better roads.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Peerless Transportation

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Learn about the role of railroads in North Dakota history. In their time, railroads had no peer in their ability to move people and goods, although shipping costs were high. The railroad companies helped increase immigration to North Dakota by actively marketing the opportunities here to foreigners, especially Scandinavians and Germans from Russia.

Red River Land | History of Travel | The Skies

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In the early days of the airplane people put on shows to display their flying talent.  Some notable performing aviators, male and female, were known as barnstormers and were from the Red River Valley.  Today modern jet aircraft transport people and freight all over Red River Land.

Old Red Trail | Birth of the Interstate

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Crossing the United States before the federal highway system was in place was very difficult.  Future President Dwight Eisenhower traveled in a military expedition from Maryland to California in 1919 and took that experience with him to the White House.  He signed the Federal Highway Act in 1956, which resulted in the opening of the first part of Interstate 94 in October of 1958 between Valley City and Jamestown.  The video clip also includes discussion of how the interstate highway project was funded, its value in national defense, and secondary road improvement projects.

WWII Prairie Memories | Kamikazes in the Pacific and Cold in Europe

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Hear the stories of Navy gunner Dick Severson, Fargo, ND; Navy bosun mate Donovan Witham, West Fargo, ND; and infantryman Wayne Rowe relate stories of wartime incidents.

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

WWII Prairie Memories | Tragedy and Comedy, Life in the Military

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Listen to some of the strongest wartime memories of sailor Jack Schulstad, Barnesville, MN;aviation cadet Henry LaBore, Fargo, ND; sailor John Harrison Abel, Hitterdal, MN; infantryman Loren Olson, Ada, MN; Canadian Army sapper Fred Herring, Morris, MB, and infantryman LeRoy Quernemoen, Fergus Falls, MN. Develop an appreciation for WWII Veterans.

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

Indian Pride, Heroes: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic gold medalist, about his heroes. He shares a traditional teaching, and talks about his personal family heroes, including his wife Pat. He also honors Olympic decathlon athlete Buster Charles, Oneida, Wisconsin who went to Flandreaux Indian School and St. Joseph's Indian School; and John Ecohawk, Pawnee, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund. 

The Germans from Russia | Traditional Food

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Watch as a German woman from Russia prepares sauerkraut streudel with her daughter and serves her family. The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie is the story of the Germans from Russia -- agricultural pioneers on several continents whose quest for land and peace shaped them into a distinctive and enduring ethnic group.

The Germans from Russia | Folk Traditions and Artwork

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Learn how the Germans from Russia are known for their Folk Healing Traditions, which are based on the practices of the Catholic Church. The German-Russians are also known for their weaving, which changed according to town and their intricate ironwork which can still be seen today on the prairie in many cemetaries. Intricate crosses brimming with lillies and roses in tribute to the dead will stand on the land for years to come.

WWII Prairie Memories | On the Battlefront and the Home Front

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Probe war stories from Norman Kuehl, Japan occupation forces, Fargo, ND; Army Infantryman James Rosendahl, Pelican Rapids, MN; U.S. Marine Donald Charpentier, Fargo, ND; and Sailor and Former Governor William Guy, Fargo, ND.

World War II veterans are extraordinary – their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

WWII Prairie Memories | Pilots and Presenting Arms

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Students will examine the experiences of Donald Cook, RCAF pilot, Emerson, MB; Noble Peterson, Air Corps pilot, Lemmon, SD; and U.S. Marine Dale Svingen, Fargo, ND as they share their stories in the air and in the occupation forces of World War II.

World War II veterans are extraordinary – their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes.

WWII Prairie Memories | At Home in the Classroom, in the Air and on the Ground

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Probe wartime experiences as related by country schoolteacher Dorothy Bork, Moorhead, MN; Canadian army cook Jack Naturkach, Winnipeg, MB; Erwin Johnson, Army Corps of Engineers, Hawley, MN;, Air Corps pilot Richard Baron, Mandan, ND; and Melvin Bork, US Army, Moorhead, MN. 

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Scottish Highland Clearances

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Learn about the Selkirk Settlers who came to Manitoba from the north of Scotland. They were tenant farmers there, who were being displaced by their landlord, the Countess of Sutherland, in favour of sheep farming. The families were led by Lord Selkirk, a Scottish nobleman, who purchased a large area of land from Hudson's Bay Company.

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