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Pioneer Village: Thief River Falls, MN

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The Pioneer Village is a museum that belongs to the people and it located in Theif River Falls, MN. Visitors are able to come and experience the pioneer days instead of just look and read about it. A museum where only kids get to ring the bells.

Wetlands: The Drain Game | Issues

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In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, farmers and developers would like to gain more acreage on their lands. In order to accomplish this they drain many sloughs or water sources. This not only effects their land, but effects the land downstream, leaving some unfarmable.

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Ruhija Gorilla Camp

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Learn about Ruhija Gorilla camp, one of the community projects in Uganda. It has different groups that innovatively involves communities in gorilla conservation and community sharing the benefits from gorilla tourism.

Red River Divide | Drought

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While floods get much of the publicity, drought is also a problem along the Red River. With the growth of metropolitan areas and industry along the river requiring water, a good supply is becoming more critical. Alternate water sources, such as Garrison Diversion and an outlet from Devils Lake, are discussed along with the resulting potential problems related to water quality.

America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Impact of Loss of Native Prairie

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In spite of being described as a “jewel, a national treasure,” America’s Northern Plains grasslands are being threatened by increasing pressures of agriculture. The area’s subtle beauty and ecological diversity and significance have not prevented large tracts of prairie from being cultivated for crops necessary to feed the nation. The key is finding the delicate balance between protecting what remains of original grasslands to preserve the ecological benefits they provide for wildlife, as well as clean air and water, and growing the crops that produce food for people all around the world.

Mother Nature in Charge | Buyouts for Friends

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Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford signs papers daily to buyout flooded properties that his lifelong friends have owned. It is an emotionally trying position for him.

Indian Pride | Historical Overview | Part 1

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Learn about the differing concepts of land ownership, effects of first contact between American Indians and Europeans, relocation, allotment, and loss of land and culture.

Indian Pride | Culture, Traditions, and Celebrations | Part 1

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Various speakers discuss Native American culture, tradition, and celebrations, from the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut to the Forest County Potawatomi of Wisconsin.

Monopoly | Steamboats on the Red

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Find out how, in the remote Red River Valley, a monopoly had developed in the steamboat trade, and two separate attempts were made to provide competition in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. The first ended when the competitors joined forces and returned the steamboat industry back to a monopoly; the second attempt ended when the larger company sabotaged and sank their new competitor’s boats.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River 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.

The Changing Face of Agriculture | Marketing

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Marketing has become an issue of greater importance as agriculture has changed. Farmers in North Dakota, who are traditionally productive farmers, but poor marketers, are developing new and innovative strategies to market their crops, to help them meet consumer needs, and to be profitable.

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