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Old Red Trail | Red Trail Beginning

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The Old Red Trail was a national effort put forth primarily by the AAA., and was laid out in 1914 from Fargo to Medora. Early directions were complicated and relied on local landmarks more than any official signage. Still, the Old Red Trail was the first major thoroughfare through the state and many people used it to travel more easily, independently, and farther than they had gone before.

Old Red Trail | Early Red Trail Travel

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In 1923, state highways were designated by number and the Old Red Trail became State Highway 3, then was named Highway 10 after becoming part of the national highway system in 1927 from Ludington, Michigan, to Seattle.  It remained a gravel road until the 1950s, and in early years, travel was hampered by road and weather conditions and poor signage.

Old Red Trail | How Red Trail Came to Be

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Known by many names, the Old Red Trail was first devised in 1913 as the northern transcontinental route from New York to Seattle.  North Dakotans embraced the automobile as it became more reliable, using it to go where the railroad did not for business and pleasure. 

One Shining Moment | Great Teams and Dynasties | Part I

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Watch clips of the Minot Model, Mott, Kenmare, Ellendale, Oak Grove, and Wyndmere basketball teams from great games over the years. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

One Shining Moment | Best Teams Ever: Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, 1996 and 1997

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Watch game clips that show why great ball handling, depth, balance, and size were the hallmark of the 1996 and 1997 Mayville, Portland, Clifford, and Galesburg teams. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches, and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

One Shining Moment | Best Teams Ever: Casselton Central Cass, 1968

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Learn how great ball handling, depth, balance and size were the hallmarks of Central Cass High School. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

Our State Fair | State Fair Managers

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Hear Vern Stevick (1971-76), Jerry Iverson (1976-2006) and Bob Wagoner (2006-2009 ), the most recent fair managers, with the most growth occurring for the ND State Fair during Iverson’s long 30-year tenure. Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair.

Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair. It starts with its humble beginnings in the 1920s when four different cities claimed to host the “State Fair,” to the decision by the 1965 state legislature to award the official state fair to Minot, through the immense growth of the fair in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary focuses on the agricultural aspects of the fair, youngsters from all over the state bringing their prize animals to compete. It also reminds us of why the North Dakota State Fair is so special--and recalls the magic of the midway, the grandstand, and those memories from childhood that never fade away.

One Shining Moment | State Standouts

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Listen to the recollections of the all-time State B starting five: Henry Milkey, David “Butch” Lince, Jerry Pyle, John Rygg, and Scott Guldseth; and learn about some of the other statistical leaders. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

One Shining Moment | The Essence of the B, Hillsboro vs Epping, 1977 - Part I

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Learn about the teams and the players who participated in one of the premier television sports events in North Dakota, a David and Goliath meeting, and the lead-up to the game. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

One Shining Moment | The Essence of the B, Hillsboro vs Epping, 1977 - Part II

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Listen as Joe Henn and Paul Eisenbeis, Hillsboro Forward and Guard 1977, reminisce about the memorable game and its aftermath. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

One Shining Moment | Introduction and What Makes the 'B' Special

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Learn about the history of the North Dakota State 'B.' First played in 1933, the 'B' basketball tournament is the “crown jewel," the “Super Bowl,” of North Dakota sports, uniting small towns together. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

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.

Our State Fair | Rodeo Events, Entertainment and Carnival

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Watch big-name entertainment at the grandstand which draws large crowds. The music and the rodeo, carnival, and livestock provide something for everyone. This yearly gathering of people represents the microcosm of the state itself and its rich agricultural history, and of what makes people proud to call themselves North Dakotans.

Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair. It starts with its humble beginnings in the 1920s when four different cities claimed to host the “State Fair,” to the decision by the 1965 state legislature to award the official state fair to Minot, through the immense growth of the fair in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary focuses on the agricultural aspects of the fair, youngsters from all over the state bringing their prize animals to compete. It also reminds us of why the North Dakota State Fair is so special--and recalls the magic of the midway, the grandstand, and those memories from childhood that never fade away.

One Shining Moment | A Part of One's Life and Honor Roll of State 'B' Champions

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Learn how Class 'B' tournament basketball is a highlight of the lives of each athlete, coach, referee, and sportscaster, and participation has led to lifetime friendships; view images and lists of championship teams from 1933 through 2000. List of championship teams from 1933 through 2000;The rich history of North Dakota's premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

One Shining Moment | Great Teams and Dynasties - Part II

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Watch clips of the Hillsboro, New Town, Linton, Newburg, Munich, Watford City, Mayville-Portland, Casselton, Hettinger, Minot Ryan basketball teams from great games over the years. The rich history of North Dakota’s premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

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