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Bill Holm: Through the Window of Brimnes | The Poetry of Life in Iceland

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Holm reads some of his poetry with beautiful Iceland landscapes as a backdrop, and also tells the story of the Arctic tern. 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.

Bill Holm: Through the Window of Brimnes | The Love of Iceland and Brimnes

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Learn about the writer Bill Holm who introduced many to the beauty of Iceland and eventually bought a house 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.

A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson | Realistic, Yet Subtle with Humor

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Gudmundson’s photographic themes are horizon, marks on the earth’s surface, artifacts, and sense of place, plus his thoughts on the imprinting of a landscape.

Wayne Gudmundson’s black-and-white photographs are admired not only for their beauty, but also for their cultural significance – they capture the grandeur of Gudmundson’s native North Dakota landscape with a focus that evokes a meaningful sense of place. A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson chronicles the route this prolific photographer has taken – how his Icelandic heritage relates to his craft, the mentors and muses that inspire him, the students who enthuse him, and the philosophy that explains his considered view.

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

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