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Indian Pride | Culture, Traditions, and Celebrations | Part 3

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Walter Pratt of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma tells a story about Little Skunk, who disobeys his parents. 

Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Perseverance and Hardship

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The ownership of land and the respect for property, that was something that was really important to the Selkirk Settlers and why they were so determined to persevere in the face of all these hardships.

The Bank of North Dakota | The Bank Today

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The Bank of North Dakota is fulfilling the vision of the farmers who created it, serving as the development bank for the state. The bank makes loans to farmers, new businesses, and college students, while profits return to the state’s treasury.

A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson | Segues Between Experiences

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Gudmundson evolves into visually recording social issues related to the 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.

Dan Jones

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From the rolling hills of Minnesota lake country to the vast horizon for North Dakota fields, Fargo artist Dan Jones doesn't have to venture far to find inspiration. The landscape informs his work. No matter what the medium - oil, water color, charcoal, Dan evokes feelings of "home" through his landscape and figurative works of art.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Howard Klug (Future)

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Learn about Howard Klug, a Williston city commissioner and local business owner, who understands that some people think that people in the oil patch should have known the boom was coming, but he disagrees. The magnitude was unexpected, and he predicts that there will be more wells in the future. This boom won’t be over for quite awhile.

Stewards of the Land | Podoll Organic Farm

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One of the first organic farms in North Dakota, the Podolls have been raising a variety of vegetables and fruits for 30 years by doing their own research. 

Faces of the Oil Patch | Kasha Mason

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Learn about the typical housing arrangements for oil patch workers, as Kasha Mason of Mississippi explains why she prefers the term “lodge” to “man-camp” for the housing facility she runs, because of the controversy that has surfaced surrounding the multi-unit housing facilities.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Gary Koschmeder

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Learn about Gary Koschmeder, originally from Iowa, he is the general manager of the Cenex station in Stanley, North Dakota, which is now affectionately known as “Bakken Central.”

Faces of the Oil Patch | Glenda Baker Embry (City Drivers)

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Glenda Baker Embry can tell that not everyone in Parshall, North Dakota, is originally from North Dakota because they look different and they speak differently. She also comments that small-town North Dakota drivers are getting hand gestures other than the neighborly waves they once got.

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