North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies

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North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies collection offers resources on the people, places, events, and fascinating history of North Dakota and Minnesota for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.

  • Minnesota Legacy Short | Skinnfeller

    Learn about skinnfell, ancient Scandinavian art, from Karen Aakre, artist from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. As far back as Viking times, Scandinavians relied on sheep skins to survive freezing Nordic winters. Over time, women began to beautify the furry blankets with symbols that conveyed personal and family history.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Katie Hennagir: Textile Designer

    Textile designer Katie Hennagir has been able to achieve her dream of having her own successful line of fabrics without leaving the comfort of her home in Perham Minnesota. Here's a look into the process that takes an artist's idea from sketch to bolts of fabric... which can be found in quilt shops around the world.

    Grades: 6-12