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Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Red River Land

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The first settlers came mostly to the area called Forks in Winnipeg, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers come together. Glacial Lake Agassiz retreated, leaving fertile soils in the Red River Valley, which was good for agriculture.

Mother Nature in Charge | Flooded Land

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Devils Lake area farmer, Dan Webster, has lost more than 5,000 acres due to the flood and had to burn his family original farmstead. He speaks about his family’s situation with raw emotion.

Scandinavian Traditions | Lutefisk

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Traditional food and cooking methods is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

Red River Land | History of Travel | Early Travel

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Erling Rolfsrud teaches how transportation in the Red River Valley started with walking and became more and more complex.  Early Native tribes in the Red River Valley developed moccasins, snowshoes, toboggans, canoes, travois, and other means for getting around and carrying goods.

Jefferson on Lewis and Clark | Part 3

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Clay Jenkinson, a scholar of the humanities and author, portrays Thomas Jefferson.

In this clip Mr. Jefferson answers an audience member’s question about covering the costs of the Louisiana Purchase and talks about his fiscal policies.

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.

Lewis and Clark Pathways | Lewis, Clark and the Mandan People

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Lewis and Clark befriended the Mandan Indians and spent a winter with them in North Dakota. They traded with the Mandan to secure food for themselves. Lewis and Clark’s team included a blacksmith who was able to make tools, weapons and do repairs.  Ultimately, so they could have enough food, Lewis and Clark agreed to make battle axes for the Mandan with the agreement that they would not use them in battle.

Indian Pride, Government Structure: Part 3

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Randy Stone, Elderly Coordinator, Gila River Indian Community of Arizona, tells a creation story about how animals and spirits worked together to create all the different races of the world. 

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.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Oilfield Wives Club

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Learn about Jamilyn Teske, Heidi McCormick, and Tracy Melgaard who are members of the Oilfield Wives Club of Williston and have found support from other women who have recently moved to the Williston area.

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