“Red River Divide” investigates the history of the Red River Valley’s geology and landscape to get a better view of the future of the region. The documentary studies the hydrology of the valley, tools available for flood forecasting and preparations underway for drought relief. The hour long DVD explores the steps communities have taken to protect themselves from floods, the development of a greenway and the many possibilities for recreation the river provides.
Sometimes a raging river, sometimes a peaceful stream, the Red River of the North winds for more than 500 miles from Wahpeton, North Dakota and Breckenridge, Minnesota, to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. The lush Red River Basin offers rich soil, abundant fishing and scenic landscapes — but the river’s historic floods can be devastating. Communities on the banks of the river, from the first settlers to current residents, have experienced the river’s changing moods.
“Red River Showcase” travels across the region to spotlight the interesting people and places of Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and takes you along! This DVD set includes 13 episodes.
Red, White, and Blue: German Russians Remember Independence Day is an audio CD from the NDSU Germans from Russia Heritage Collection—Dakota Memories Oral History Project, and it recalls decades-old memories of community celebrations and gatherings, firecrackers and foot races. Historian Jessica Clark adds scholarly commentary and discuss childhood memories in a larger historical framework.
Featuring: Hilda Melita (Lindemann) Backfish Anna (Sturn) Doll James Engelhart Calvin K. Fercho Emil Frank Robert R. Gab Jacob A. Helbling Martha M. (Brosy) Heyne Ida (Zimmerman) Koepplin Philip Lang Magdalena Miller Eva (Helfrich) Mutschelknaus Vernon M. Presler Elda (Schultz) Rasch Orion Arlyn Rudolph Eugenia (Vetter) Schumacher Simon Schwan Gordon R. Werth Rueben Richard Wolf
This DVD package contains all three documentaries in Prairie Public’s Rural Meth Awareness Project: Combating Meth (30 minutes), The Shadow of Meth (60 minutes) and Safe Behind Bars (30 minutes). In addition, a free outreach kit is available to educators and public awareness project professionals on the project’s website at www.shadowofmeth.org
“Combating Meth” goes to the frontlines of the battle against meth with Minot State University’s Rural Crime And Justice Center. “Shadow of Meth” shows how methamphetamine affects more than just the person ravaged by addiction. The story of the meth epidemic in the prairie region will be told firsthand through those hardest hit. “Safe Behind Bars” examines a rarely discussed impact that methamphetamine addiction has had on the state of North Dakota—the increasing number of women incarcerated for meth-related crimes.
Salt of the Earth explores the cause of soil salinity and the potential solutions, some of which can be controversial. This provocative Prairie Public documentary informs both as a cautionary tale and also as an educational tool for farmers, soil scientists, and ordinary citizens.
Producer, Writer, and Narrator: Matt Olien Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Associate Producers: Steve Fischer, Jessica Beard, Tasha Gibby Editor/Videographer: Frode Tilden Videographers: Ben Stommes, Dave Geck, Ryan Sailer Graphics: Ben Stommes, Ryan Sailer Production Manager: Barbara Gravel Production Assistant: Jessica Odegard Captioning by Armour Captioning Funding for Salt of the Earth was provided by North Dakota Department of Health, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the members of Prairie Public.
Scandinavian Traditions takes a nostalgic look at childhood memories and family traditions and shows us that there is more to being Scandinavian than Ole and Lena jokes — this heritage is something to celebrate! This colorful Prairie Public DVD documents how Scandinavian communities are preserving their ethnic identity. Scandinavian Traditions documents how Scandinavian artists are preserving their ethnic identity and harks back to Grandma in the kitchen through the rich Nordic food traditions.
This video and DVD contains bonus footage that has never been broadcast. The bonus segment feature tours of four premier Scandinavian heritage museums: Versterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa; Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, Washington; American Swedish Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and New Icelandic Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba.
The audio soundtrack of the documentary “A Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia” includes 34 full-length performances on CD.
Tracks 1. “Wirsitzen so fröhlich beisammen” St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Centennial Choir 2. “Lasst die Kinder zu mir kommen” University of Mary Concert Choir 3. “Christus ist erstanden” University of Mary Concert Choir 4. “Die Königskinder” Maria Applehans & Rosalinda Kloberdanz 5. “Die Königskinder” John J. Gross & Sarah McMahon 6. “So nimm denn meine Hände” St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Centennial Choir 7. “Auf, auf mein Geist zu loben” Young People’s Hutterite Singers 8. “Nun danket alle Gott” Jamestown College Concert Choir 9. “Herr meines Herzens Trost und Tell” Young People’s Hutterite Singers 10. Heute scheid’ ich, heute wandr’ ich” Maria Applehans And 24 more tracks
This 60-minute documentary on DVD is the fourth in Prairie Public’s “Germans from Russia” series. Throughout their travels, this enduring ethnic group maintained their traditional religious music, their lullabies and folk songs, their vocal and instrumental music. “A Soulful Sound: Music of the Germans from Russia” blends expert commentary with performances of traditional music—in the original language—from regional talent.
Performances by St. Andrews Lutheran Centennial Choir (Zeeland area), University of Mary Concert Choir (Bismarck), Jamestown College Concert Choir (Jamestown), Young People’s Hutterite Singers (Glyndon, MN), Alive Choir (Kulm area), James Valley Singers (Jamestown), Centennial Mens Choir (Harvey area) and the Napoleon area folk singers. Singers featured in the program include Maria Appelhans (Fort Collins, Colorado), Rosalinda Kloberdanz (Fargo), John Gross (Napoleon), Tony Wangler (Kintyre), Robert Erbele (Lehr) and Ron Volk (Harvey). Marv Zander (Mandan), Victor Schwahn (Bismarck) and their bands will perform accordion music at a barn dance and also recreate a traditional wedding reception in The BlueRoom in Strasburg. “Dutch Hop” music is performed from Torrington, Wyoming. The documentary is the fourth in the Prairie Public Germans from Russia Series, which includes “Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie”; “Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia”; and “Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices: Iron Crosses of the Great Plains.” The documentary series tells the story of the German-speaking peoples who settled in Russia in the 18th and early 19th centuries, then migrated yet again to North America and South America. Throughout their travels, this enduring ethnic group maintained their traditional religious music, their lullabies and folk songs, their vocal and instrumental music. “A Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia” blends expert commentary with performances of traditional music—in the original language—from regional talent.
Get the DVD of a “Soulful Sound” PLUS the audio CD soundtrack that contains the full performances of all the music in the documentary for this special price.
Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul and Winnipeg. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of pounds of freight across the border. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the United States and Canada that exists to this day in the I29 corridor.
To shine a spotlight on this important piece of prairie history, Steamboats on the Red examines the history of steamboat transportation on the Red River and the impact this important trade route had on the development of the region.
Producer: Kim Stenehjem Editor: Ben Stommes Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Theme song composed by Elisa Korene Production funding provided by the following: Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the voters on November 4, 2008 North Dakota Humanities Council Winnipeg Foundation Members of Prairie Public Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sundogs and Sunflowers comprises selected readings from the groundbreaking book that celebrates the proud and rich folk heritage of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, northeastern Wyoming, and the Canadian Prairie Provinces.
1. Poker Jim
2. The Man in the Long Coat (Version 1)
3. Glowing Balls of Light
4. The Boy Who Fell into a Grave
5. The Rancher and the Coyote
6. Just a Peek
7. The Girl in the Storm
8. Snow Angel
9. Dig a Hole and Chant/An Egg and a Whispered Prayer
10. More Juleboking Memories
11. Hot Dogs and Lutefisk/The Infamous Lutefisk
12. The Proud Hunter/The East Coast Hunter
13. The Fisherman’s Dog (Version 3)/Three Holes in the Ice/Ole and Sven Go Ice Fishing
14. The Hailstorm/The Weather Song
15. Sunflower Seeds
16. Rocks in the Field
17. He Sure Could Take the Heat
18. Ole’s Last Meal
19. Folk Medicine
“Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains” is a national award-winning publication written and edited by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, Professor Emeritus, North Dakota State University, and Troyd A. Geist, Folklorist, North Dakota Council on the Arts, and produced by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Radio readings based on the book are produced in partnership with Prairie Public.
On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, The Little Country Theatre’s history and tradition is showcased in this 30-minute documentary.
The story begins in 1914 with the theatre’s larger-than-life founder, Alfred G. Arvold, whose other creations included the Lincoln Log Cabin, the Student Life Train, Lilac Days, and pageants attended by thousands. The story continues with Dr. Frederick Walsh, who spearheaded the building of Askanase Hall, originated the statewide traveling Prairie Stage, and produced and directed “Old Four Eyes” in Medora, North Dakota. Alumni, faculty members, and a wealth of historical images recall 100 years of curtain calls for The Little Country Theatre. Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Editor: Ann Hall Anderson Production funding for this program is provided by the North Dakota State University Division of Performing Arts, NDSU Development Foundation Centennial Endowment, Major General Schroeder and Jean Schroeder, and by the members of Prairie Public.
Tour the developing tourism industry in Uganda with this new local production from Prairie Public. The 30-minute documentary chronicles a six-year pilot project by the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute and Dr. Michael Campbell, who helped three Ugandan communities build their tourism industry while also protecting the abundant wildlife and ecologically sensitive scenery.
Uganda: Sustainable Tourism is possible with financial support from the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute and by the members of Prairie Public.
“Voices of the Heartland” is a CD collection of narratives in the tradition of the Growing Up German-Russian series and gleaned from the oral histories collection of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project.
The 3-6 minute narratives aired in the Dakota Datebook time slot each Monday and Friday in the fall of 2007. Jessica Clark, project coordinator, explained that these interviews are designed to preserve the precious history and heritage of Germans from Russia on the Northern Plains. The series is hosted by State Senators Tim Mathern and Robert Erbele.
Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo documents how this North Dakota visual artist and Minot State University art professor combines an expressionistic style with literal and interpretive investigations of many facets of Western American life.
Piehl’s acrylic on canvas work is often large in scale and is appreciated across North America as well as in his native state. Among his many honors and awards is a 2008 Enduring Visions Award for his creativity, connection to community, and impressive body of work presented by the Bush Foundation, a private foundation serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Producer: Bob Dambach Editor: Ann Hall Anderson Principle Videographer: Ryan Sailer Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Production funding provided by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the members of Prairie Public.