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Water: The Lifeblood | A Power Plant with Its Own Reservoir

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The Milton R. Young Station draws water from a man-made reservoir for use in their power plant.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Tate Cymbaluk

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Tate Cymbaluk of Williston shows a stretch of grassland that is being developed commercially and will one day include a highway bypass around the city of Williston. Leases for the commercial property are never signed for less than five years, proving that the boom will be in western North Dakota for quite a bit of time. Cymbaluk also says,"We're fortunate to have work, let alone to this magnitude. We've got to feel very blessed and very fortunate. We just have to keep reminding people of that."

Old Red Trail | Resisting the Interstate

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The modern interstate system was not universally welcomed in North Dakota.  Plans for Interstate 94 included dividing some farms, bypassing towns, restricting water drainage, and limited access.  Interviews with North Dakotans in this clip include reminiscences about the early days of the interstate, such as one person who recalled when someone tampered with construction by pulling out stakes and piling them neatly next to the future road’s path.  Even teaching North Dakotans how to use the interchanges and on- and off-ramps was a challenge after the Old Red Trail became the state’s first interstate highway.

High Risk High: Interview - Nicole Griffin

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A student at UND, Griffin grew up with alcoholic parents and says that her family’s happiness was determined by alcohol. She speaks of broken promises and lack of trust that she carried beneath her mask of happiness. Planning a career in addiction studies, she speaks enthusiastically of breaking down the walls of silence for other families.

Ecotourism | If You Don't Build it, They Will Come

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Learn how North Dakota is using the new trend in vacationing, ecotourism (also called adventure tourism), to attract visitors to its wide open, natural spaces and to encourage them to interact with North Dakotans in their everyday and recreational activities.

Nature in the Balance | CO2 Sequestration | CO2 and Climate

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Learn about the effects of increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Nature in the Balance | CO2 Sequestration | CO2 Flooding and Geologic Sequestration

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Learn about enhanced oil recovery, also known as CO2 flooding, which is presented along with its relationship to geologic sequestration.

America's Grasslands: A Threatened National Treasure | Balancing Grassland Preservation and Agriculture

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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.

Important Chapter | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn about how although the steamboat industry along the Red River lasted only fifty years, it was an important transitional step in the transportation industry of the area in this video from the Steamboat on the Red series. The steamboats brought commerce, settlers, new towns, and international movements of goods and people to the Northern Plains.

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.

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Edward Thomas, president of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council of Alaska, about tribal relationships with the United States government.

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