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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.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Pudge Brewster

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Learn about Pudge Brewster who moved to North Dakota after working an oil boom in Colorado. His company began by hauling equipment to the Williston area and has since contracted with companies to haul gravel.

Water: The Lifeblood | The Steam Cycle in Power Plants

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Power plants must be located near large sources of water, but the water is used over and over again in the steam cycle that generates our power. 

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.

Inside Energy | Lost in Transmission: How Much Energy Is Lost From Power Plant to Plug

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How much energy do we lose between the power plant and the plug in your home? It's a complicated question, but Jordan Wirfs-Brock traces the answer to this viewer's question.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Ray Hieronymus

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Ray Hieronymus of Arkansas has seen quite a bit of change since his arrival in North Dakota's oil patch: growth from 50 to over 200 rigs. He explains that his job often requires him to work long shifts, go from one job site to another very quickly, and doesn’t give him much time off.

Old Red Trail | Construction Changes

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Early road construction was time-consuming and expensive.  In 1959, road crews could lay out one mile of road a day at best. With today’s technology and equipment, paving and grading roads is much easier and faster.  Construction of bridges required specialists who could design the river-spanning lengths.  In the 1960s, road construction cost $400,000 per mile of four-lane highway, including the cost of land, equipment, workers’ pay, bridges, and materials.  Today, roads cost more than four times that for two lanes in one direction, but they last 50% longer

High Risk High | Interview - Dylin Kinzler

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Kinzler discusses his family history of alcoholism and his two arrests. He also discusses the multiple downsides to his drinking.

Nature in the Balance | CO2 Sequestration | CO2 Green House Gas

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Learn about carbon dioxide and its function in the atmosphere.

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution - Reservoir Geology 101 Fluid in the Rocks

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The basic components of geologic formations are described.

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