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.

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

    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.

    Grades: 4-12
  • E-Business | Jeffrey Bezos

    Hear about the flexibility of the internet and its shaping by new technologies and decreasing costs in these early years of development, from Jeffrey Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. 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.

    Grades: 4-12
  • E-Business | Web Security

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

    Grades: 4-12
  • Ecotourism | Tourism in North Dakota

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

    Grades: 4-12
  • Ecotourism | If You Don't Build it, They Will Come

    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.

    Grades: 4-12
  • The Bank of North Dakota | The Bank Today

    The Bank of North Dakota is fulfilling the vision of the farmers who created it, serving as the development bank for the state. The bank makes loans to farmers, new businesses, and college students, while profits return to the state’s treasury.

    Grades: 5-12
  • The Bank of North Dakota | The NPL and the Bank

    Learn how A. C. Townley’s Non-Partisan League’s membership rose quickly and soon endorsed candidates for their state ownership platform. The NPL-controlled legislature passed several bills providing support to farmers, including creation of the only state-owned bank in the country.

    The NPL-controlled legislature passed several bills providing support to farmers, including creation of the only state-owned bank in the country.
    Grades: 5-12
  • The Bank of North Dakota | Economic Independence

    Learn about the Bank of North Dakota that was created during early 1900s in order to diversify the economy and regain control of its financial future.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Changing Face of Agriculture | Precision

    Farmers are stereotyped as being old fashioned and resistant to change, but today’s farmers embrace new technologies that make farming easier and more productive.  New farming equipment incorporates computer technology that makes farming a highly technological process.  Farmers are also using other technologies that help them know what to plant, how to plant and how to increase productivity.

    Grades: 5-12
  • The Changing Face of Agriculture | Marketing

    Marketing has become an issue of greater importance as agriculture has changed. Farmers in North Dakota, who are traditionally productive farmers, but poor marketers, are developing new and innovative strategies to market their crops, to help them meet consumer needs, and to be profitable.

    Grades: 5-12
  • The Changing Face of Agriculture | Economics

    The video examines agricultural life as it had been buffeted by world markets, federal farm policy, increased costs, and the weather. Efficiency is the most important factor for successful farming today.  Cheaper feeds, reducing equipment costs, diversifying and being creative have helped farmers stay profitable as agriculture changes.

    Grades: 5-12

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