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Education: North Dakota's Challenge, North Dakota's Future | Challenge of Being Rural

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Many small schools in rural North Dakota are having to make tough decisions due to declining enrollments. Learn how small schools in rural North Dakota are developing a number of strategies to cope with reduced enrollment, including consolidation, to continue to deliver a quality education to their students.

Education: North Dakota's Challenge, North Dakota's Future | No Child Left Behind

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Learn how the “No Child Left Behind Act” affected rural schools in North Dakota. North Dakota took a hard-line approach to implement the standards in the law, including the standardized student tests in math and reading, qualifications for teachers, and supplemental services for students not well suited to rural schools in rural states.

Education: North Dakota's Challenge, North Dakota's Future | Dealing with Declining Enrollments

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As consolidation has often been met with local resistance, small schools are finding other ways to provide quality education to students more cost effectively. Joint powers agreements allow schools to share resources and are in place in 90% of North Dakota School districts.

Prairie Pulse: Dr. Jarret Brachman - Dr. Brachman's Background and Research on Terrorist Groups

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Brachman relates his education, early career with the CIA and at West Point, his current research, primarily online, at NDSU, and recent terrorist attacks. Host John Harris III discusses the background, education and career of North Dakota State University professor Dr. Jarret Brachman of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and NDSU’s Security Programs. A Fargo native, Brachman has spent his career with government agencies and in academia centered on research on terrorist groups, particularly al-Qaeda, understanding them and using that knowledge to prevent terrorist attacks.

Steamboats on the Red: A Monopoly Generates Competition, Manipulation, and Piracy

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In the Red River Valley, a monopoly developed in the steamboat trade, and two separate attempts were made to provide competition. The first ended when the competitors joined forces and returned the steamboat industry back to a monopoly; the second when the larger company sank their competitor’s boats. From 1859 to 1909, 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.

Bill Holm: Through the Window of Brimnes | Holm and Wayne Gudmundson’s Icelandic Heritage

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A common Icelandic background brought the two to a study of the Icelandic poet Kirstjan N. Julius, interviewing those in his adopted home of Mountain, North Dakota, who knew the poet.

Indian Pride | Spirituality | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Dr. Henrietta Mann (Cheyenne-Arapaho). Dr. Mann describes storytelling protocols,and tells the creation story of her tribe. She shares how Creation stories form the cultural foundations of peoples' world views, and the sacredness of language. Dr. Mann also speaks about the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, and further work being done to protect Native American religious freedoms, and sustains spiritual understandings in the 21st century.

Indian Pride | Spirituality | Part 4

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Joseph Fire Crow of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana tells about the origins of a song, based on a story about an orphan boy who becomes a warrior for the people after befriending wolf pups. He shares the song using a traditional flute.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Street Car Strike of 1917

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On the eve of World War I, conflict in St. Paul and Minneapolis between streetcar workers and the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company set the stage for the fight to achieve the right of working people to organize in Minnesota, and created national awareness of the plight of working men and women.

Bill Holm: Through the Window of Brimnes | The Backstory

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Holm talks about his two years in Iceland as a Fulbright scholar, his sojourns around the world, his life in Minnesota, and the lure of Iceland and his friends there. Meet poet, essayist, musician, teacher, mentor and iconoclast Bill Holm – a Minnesota native who escaped to his small cottage in Iceland every year to create and contemplate.

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