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Minnesota Legacy Short | Grass Roots Populism: MN Farmer-Labor Party 1916-1944

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At the turn of the 20th century, Minnesota's entrenched Republican party was challenged by the most successful radical third-party in American history. From 1918 to 1944, the Farmer-Labor party was strong enough to wrest control of the state's government away from entrenched political parties, profoundly transforming Minnesota's political climate.

Indian Pride | Spirituality | Part 1

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Dr. William LoneFight, Sisseton Wahpeton College, SD, talks about how Native Americans relate to their ancestors. Hollis Chough of Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, discusses how Native American traditions relate to spirituality. Pat Leading Fox of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma describes a belief in Christianity. Michael Marchand, Chairman of the Colville Tribe of Washington, believes a purpose of life is to teach others how to respect the Earth.

Jefferson on Lewis and Clark | Part 2

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

In this clip Mr. Jefferson answers an audience question about his plans for the West, the Louisiana Purchase, and relationships with native tribes.

Indian Pride, Gaming: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Philip Hogen, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, about how Indian gaming affects local and statewide communities.

Brad Bachmeier: Ceramic Artist

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Minnesota State University Moorhead Art Department Professor and Ceramic Artist Brad Bachmeier makes remarkably beautiful and diverse looking ceramic art using a potter's wheel and the Raku method of firing his pots.

Cotton Wood - A Father's Justice

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The bluegrass band, Cotton Wood, claim Washburn, ND as their home. After ten years together, all four original members still enjoy making music with each other and entertaining audiences.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Barnstorming

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Learn about early airplanes, and how they were a novelty and flying a source of entertainment for bystanders, but quickly became essential in the transportation of passengers and goods.

E-Business | Web Security

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Learn about the importance of web security which becomes top priority with more information changing hands electronically.

Water: The Lifeblood | History of Energy is the Story of Water

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As a civilization, people have been using water to provide energy in turning wheels, making steam, and in turbines. 

People and Businesses | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn how communities began to develop on the banks of the Red River along the steamboats’ route in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. With new, cheaper means of transportation come people—first workers, then settlers, then merchants. 

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.

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