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Our State Fair | The State Fair as a Family Agricultural Event

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From its early history and original four locations, ND State Fair has been officially located in Minot since 1965 and preserves its roots as an agricultural event for the whole family. The State Fair has humble origins, starting out as the Northwest Agriculture, Livestock, and Fair Association first held in Seotember, 1922.

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.

A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson | Icelandic Heritage

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Gudmundson and Bill Holm talk of their friendship and the photographer’s first trip to Iceland and his own ancestral landscapes.

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.

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag MN

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Since 1954, giant iron machines have been roaring back to life each Labor Day weekend in Rollag, Minnesota. The Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Reunion attracts thousands of visitors each year with its 210 acres of exhibits and demonstrations. Almost nothing is static, as workers have meticulously restored and revived vintage equipment. Enjoy a glimpse of the sights and sounds of Rollag.

Stewards of the Land | Balancing Agriculture and Environmental Concerns

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Learn about a five-year Conservation Agriculture Program study involving four test farms in the Devils Lake Basin of North Dakota. The farmers took land out of rotation near wetlands, experimented with “no till” farming practices, and participated in soil testing studies to see if certain conservation practices could increase yields and profits, while also being environmentally friendly.

Water: The Lifeblood | Recycling Water

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The city of Los Angeles, California has run out of sources to gather fresh water from for use in the city. They are now recycling and conserving water, and even though their population has increased by 1 million people they are using the same amount of water they used 20 years ago.

E-Business | The Dos and Don'ts of E-Business

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Hear about the “do’s and don’ts” of doing business on the internet, from a representative of Microsoft Great Plains. The rise of the Internet has provided a new market for North Dakota businesses. With shopping at a store now being as easy as typing in a web address, distance from consumers is becoming less of an issue in the business world.

Inside Energy | Fueling Our Feast: How Fossil Fuels Become Our Food

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Our modern food production system is based on turning fossil fuels into food. It is an incredibly inefficient system, with about 10 units of fossil energy converting to about 1 unit of food energy. It is also unsustainable as populations across the world continue to grow.  In this fun video, Inside Energy's Dan Boyce explains how fossil fuels are, in fact, our food.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Mylo Wisness

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Longtime rancher and North Dakota native Mylo Wisness speaks about how difficult it is for him to watch the landscape change around him. Wisness acknowledges that the boom is good for the state and local economy, but that it does come with some difficulties too. But, as he said, we'll adjust.

Old Red Trail | How Red Trail Came to Be

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Known by many names, the Old Red Trail was first devised in 1913 as the northern transcontinental route from New York to Seattle.  North Dakotans embraced the automobile as it became more reliable, using it to go where the railroad did not for business and pleasure. 

High Risk High | Interview - Lee Erickson

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Erickson is the director of Northern Lights SADD which includes North and South Dakota and Minnesota. Erickson lost his daughter to a drunk driving accident in 1993 shortly after he had proposed a SADD chapter in his area. He didn’t want to educate people on the dangers of drinking and driving, rather to focus on providing positive outlets for recreation and positive peer pressure.

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