North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies

Contemporary US


  • Education: North Dakota's Challenge, North Dakota's Future | Dealing with Declining Enrollments

    As consolidation has often been met with local resistance, small schools are finding other ways to provide quality education to students more cost effectively. Joint powers agreements allow schools to share resources and are in place in 90% of North Dakota School districts.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Education: North Dakota's Challenge, North Dakota's Future | No Child Left Behind

    Learn how the “No Child Left Behind Act” affected rural schools in North Dakota. North Dakota took a hard-line approach to implement the standards in the law, including the standardized student tests in math and reading, qualifications for teachers, and supplemental services for students not well suited to rural schools in rural states.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Education: North Dakota's Challenge, North Dakota's Future | Challenge of Being Rural

    Many small schools in rural North Dakota are having to make tough decisions due to declining enrollments. Learn how small schools in rural North Dakota are developing a number of strategies to cope with reduced enrollment, including consolidation, to continue to deliver a quality education to their students.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Prairie Churches | Count Berthold von Imhoff (Part 2 of 2)

    Learn about a Roman Catholic, Berthold von Imhoff who painted for churches of many denominations, often donating his work and making each unique. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Count Berthold von Imhoff (Part 1 of 2)

    Learn about a German immigrant artist, Berthold von Imhof, who began in eastern Pennsylvania, then moved to Saskatchewan, his base for work that spread to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Buildings are Total Sensory Experiences

    Hear how NDSU Architectural Historian Ronald L. M. Ramsay explains that some prairie churches are lean and spare, some ornate, but all are influenced by their immigrant congregations’ old country traditions. The story of St. Joachim Catholic Church, La Broquerie, Manitoba, illustrates the point.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Manitoba Prairie Churches Project

    Listen to Ed Ledohowski from Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, who explains the Manitoba Prairie Churches Project, highlighted by the story of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Sifton, Manitoba.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Lighthouse on the Prairie

    Learn about David Haslekaas and his personal crusade to preserve Hitterdal Lutheran Church, Milton North Dakota, as well as a photographic tour of other beautiful churches in North Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Hope and Prayer

    Learn about the Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock, North Dakota. Dedicated in 1909 it was at that time the largest Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church between the Twin Cities and Seattle.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | A Hammer and a Nail, A Shovel and a Pail

    Learn about Father Phillip Ruhe, self-taught architect, who was responsible for the building of over 40 churches, including the elaborate Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception at Cooks Creek, Manitoba, built over 22 years by volunteer hand labor.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Hail and Brimstone

    Listen to stories of building the South Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rothsay, Minnesota, and St. Peter and Paul Church, Strasburg, North Dakota, the latter including a significant hailstorm. Other churches in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada are also shown.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Expressions of Faith

    Learn about Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain, North Dakota. A montage of northern plains churches illustrates NDSU History Professor Tom Isern’s assertion that we can learn from prairie churches about the people of the plains who built them.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Churches | Immigrant Church Artist

    Berthold von Imhoff graced more than 90 churches with his art, but St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Reading, Pennsylvania, may be his finest work. The prairie is dotted with unique and picturesque churches, many of which are in danger of being lost forever. Prairie Public’s documentary Prairie Churches preserves images of this priceless heritage and tells the story of Count Berthold von Imhoff, a painter whose artwork lends a unique beauty to 18 churches. Often the first community structure built, these landmarks represent the dreams of settlers who sought to forge future for their families. Prairie Churches explores the role churches played in sustaining the history and culture of the vanishing rural landscape. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | The Children

    Learn how the shootout in Medina, North Dakota, on February 13, 1983, affected the children of the families involved.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | The Shooting

    When federal marshals arrived in Medina, North Dakota, to arrest Gordon Kahl on February 13, 1983, the violent shootout that followed left two law enforcement officials dead.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | Medina's Stigma

    Listen as Medina citizens discuss the stigma acquired by their home town since the shooting and the true nature of their community.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | Law Enforcement and Families

    When Gordon Kahl and his son killed two federal marshals near Medina in 1983, they not only destroyed lives but they also tore apart families and affected the lives and work of law enforcement officials.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | Gordon Kahl

    Learn about the life of Gordon Kahl, how his political views developed, and the conflicting public views of him.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Altered Lives: Stories From the Medina Tragedy | The Aftermath

    Examine the conflicting stories about the shootout in Medina, the various sides of the story, and how the community was fractured by the violence.

    Grades: 9-12

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