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.

  • Tom Brandau: Filmmaker

    Tom Brandau is a Baltimore native filmmaker who teaches at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. He shares what brought him to the filmmaking profession and gives some tips to students on how to become more marketable in the  fimmaking profession.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Minnesota Legacy Short | John Hanson: Northern Lights

    Learn how in 1978 John Hanson set out to produce a low budget film set in North Dakota chronicling the Nonpartisan League, a political movement in the early 1900s that sought to give farmers a voice in their own destiny. The film was the surprise winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

    Grades: 5-12