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Science and Policy: Interbasin Water Transfer of Aquatic Biota

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The Garrison Diversion Project was conceived shortly after World War II as a harness on North Dakota's flow of the powerful Missouri River. Part of the plan produced the Garrison Dam, providing flood control and generating electricity for the entire region. Another part of the plan was to provide irrigation water to western North Dakota farmers. By the 1970s, however, opposition from environmentalists and Canadian authorities stalled the irrigation project. Opponents questioned the need for irrigation, the cost of the diversion and the danger of pollution or of biotic transfer of undesirable species into Canadian waters.

As diversion program supporters staggered under the weight of opposition from several sides, one thing still was missing: careful scientific research on the true environmental impact of such a program. "While it often seems that 'someone must have done that already,' more often than not there are gaps in the science and in the baseline data," notes Jay Leitch, principal investigator for this project. Dr. Leitch spearheaded a multidisciplinary team of researchers to collect baseline data on the nature and impact of inter-basin water transfer, with an eye particularly to water-borne biota transfer concerns.

Includes chapters on:

  • History of Garrison Diversion

  • International review of Interbasin water transfers

  • Identification of pathways for aquatic biota transfer

  • Distribution and dispersal of fishes in the Red River Basin

  • Case histories of fish species invasions

  • Water treatment technologies to prevent biota transfer and more

With forewords written by William L. Guy, former North Dakota Governor, and Robert N. Clarkson, former coordinator of the Garrison Focus Office in the Province of Manitoba.

About the Author

Jay Leitch is the former dean of the College of Business Administration at North Dakota State University. He has published widely as a professional in the areas of water and wetlands policy public finance, and economic development. He lives with his wife, Becky, and their twins, along the Red River of the North.

Spectacular ND Hikes

Spectacular North Dakota Hikes - Bring the Dog!
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1. Missouri River
2. Turtle Mountains
3. Sheyenne River Valley
4. Little Missouri River Badlands
5. Prairie Rivers of the Northeast
6. Lake Sakakawea
7. Confluence of the Missouri & Yellowstone Rivers
8. National Wildlife Refuges and Other Scenic Locations

"In each hike description I've included local history, information on the natural environment and practical trail advice.  Maps and directions to trailheads are provided for all spectacular hikes.  Information on the lengths and elevation change of trails will help you decide whether or not a particular hike is the right one for you.  All the hikes in this book can be completed in one day - many in an hour or so.  Motorized vehicles are forbidden on all but one of these trails."

Susan Wefald, a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner for 16 years, now enjoys serving on non-profit boards, playing her violin with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, and exploring North Daktoa.  She and her husband, Bob, have been hikers for mroe than 40 years and Sandy, a 3-year-old goldendoodle, is their enthusiastic hiking companion.



The Third Rib Knife: Philip Kienholz

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What's Down Behind the Radiator, Daddy
What Else Did You Expect
One Chant to the Magic People of the World
The Day I Memorized a Flyspider Forever
'But Not Quite Knowing How'
The Defeat
Mysterious Incident on 16th Street
Go to the Ant, Thou Sluggard, Consider He Ways and Be Wise
Open Window, Shade Flapping
Tales of the Unbborn: Three Translated Segments
Written as a Conclusion of the Impossibility of Writing About the Bomb
Elegy for a Jolly Green Giant
The Strange Green Sunday Balloons
The Beasts are Inhaling the Trees
Spring Evenings Make Me Feel Like This
The Destruction of the Temple

Tori and the Sleigh of Midnight Blue

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Eleven-year-old Tori and her family are struggling with the Great Depression in North Dakota, and the death of her beloved papa has been the severest blow of all. To aspiring writer Tori, everything is changing for the worse--her friends are acting too grown-up, and her little brother Otto invades her privacy. When a Norwegian bachelor-farmer begins courting Mama, Tori writes in her journal that her life is about to be ruined. What will Tori discover about forgiveness and acceptance as she tries to keep her life from changing?

What Others are Saying about Margo Sorenson and her most recent book, Tori and the Sleigh of Midnight Blue
"She's an excellent writer and the story is compelling, especially as a historic cultural work." Cindy Rogers, author of juvenile fiction

"Set in North Dakota during the Great Depression, Tori and the Sleigh of Midnight Blue by Margo Sorenson is a young adult novel about Tori Olesen, an eleven-year-old girl who longs to be a writer yet has to deal with daily hardships such as her family's meager income and living, the loss of her beloved father, her nosy little brother, and most recently, the intrusion of a Norwegian bachelor courting her mother. Tori's struggle to come to terms with changes in her life and her family is thoughtfuly and believably told in this highly recommended read whose message transcends its setting." Children's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review.

About the Author
Author Margo Sorenson was born in Washington, D.C., and spent the first seven years of her life in Spain and Italy, living where there were few children her age, so books became her friends. She finished her school years in California, graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles. After teaching high school and middle school and raising a family of two daughters, Sorenson is now a full-time writer of books for young people. She enjoys meeting with her readers in school and library settings from Minnesota to California and Hawaii, all states where she and her family have lived.

With twenty-two books already published, Sorenson enjoys writing for young people, since she believes they are ready for new ideas and experiences and really enjoy "living" the lives of the characters in books.

Besides winning recognition and awards for her books from various groups, including the American Library Asssociation, Sorenson was invited to donate and archive her working papers with the internationally known Kerlan Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota. Sorenson and her husband now live in La Quinta, California. When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing golf, reading, watching sports, traveling, and hearing from her readers.

Trees and Shrubs for the Northern Plains

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While there are many excellent publications written about the plant world, there has been no book available which deals specifically with the trees and shrubs of the Northern Great Plains. This is why it is particularly noteworthy that Mr. Donald G. Hoag, the author, has so painstakingly and successfully brought together the scholarly information presented in this book. This information can be as readily used by the amateur who enjoys planting a few trees and shrubs around the house as by the botanist who wants and needs exact and specific technical information.

Another feature of this book is the illustrated winter key. Most keys for plant identification are summer keys depending upon fruit, flowers and leaves for identifying features. A reliable key makes plant material readily identifiable at any time of the year. The summer key also makes use of features evident all the year.

About the Author
The late Donald G. Hoag was born and raised on a farm at Harwood, ND, a few hundred feet from the site of his grandfather's original log cabin. After undergraduate work at North Dakota State University, he studied at the University of Minnesota until joining the armed forces during World War II. During the war, he was a Japanese interpreter with the Provost Marshal General's Office. After additional graduate study at the University of Minnesota, Hoag joined the staff of the North Dakota State University in 1947. From 1952 until 1955 he devoted full time to operating a nursery-landscape service, but in 1955 he rejoined the faculty of the North Dakota State University.

In 1948 Hoag returned to the farm where he was born. Until his death in 1970 his interests in growing trees, shrubs and other ornamental plants were shared with the development of a purebred Hereford herd which he actively managed at the home farm and on a farm near Glyndon, Minnesota.

Hoag is the author of several bulletins and brochures on ornamental plants. For many years he was in constant demand as a lecturer on many phases of horticulture. He was American co-chairman of the Planning Committee of the International Peace Garden and familiar to horticulturists of western Canada where he was a frequent speaker at meetings of both research horticulturists and nurserymen's associations.

Unwanted Bread - The Challenge of Farming and Ranching

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One way to understand what is happening in farming today is to listen to those who are involved in it. These stories provide a range of perspectives - not only illustrating how complex North Dakota farm problems are but also demonstrating ways in which rural people might meet the challenges. Nearly everyone agrees farming is changing drastically today, and change will likely continue for years to come. Whatever our farmers and ranchers decide to do will profoundly affect life on the northern Great Plains.

The profit in grain is with the big millers and retailers, so for farmers like the Solbergs who are losing money raising wheat, there is an absurd irony in feeding sheep free day-old bread given out by local grocery stores.
The heavily symbolic concept of a Buffalo Commons is hard for many Plains people to accept, because the return of land to its natural state seems to signify the defeat of long-held dreams and a drift back to the past. There are many reminders of change visible in the countryside as old institutions give way to new methods, such as rural schools from homestead days that have sat idle due to the population shift from rural to urban.
The North Dakota landscape looks so productive and so familiar it is hard to think of it as struggling or failing. But what has been called a "comforting illusion of familiarity" masks fewer inhabited farmsteads, declining school enrollments and rural towns that are getting smaller each year.
Deb and Blaine Lundgren stand amid confection sunflowers they are growing on their farm near Kulm. Since being elected to the legislature, Deb has increasingly been asked by her constituents about state help for farmers. People ask her why are agricultural issues being overlooked when farming is the state's major industry?

About the Authors

James Coomber is a professor of English and chair of the English Department at Concordia College, where he has taught since 1966. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and for many years chaired the Concordia Conference on Reading and Writing. Coomber is co-author with Howard Peet of the Wordskills vocabulary-spelling textbook series, as well as other publications in the teaching of English.

Sheldon Green is a senior writer in the Office of Communications at Concordia College. He has been the editor of the Hazen Star weekly newspaper and North Dakota Horizons magazine and helped edit, design and photograph the five-volume North Dakota Centennial Book series. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.


Voices on the Prairie: Robert Littlefield

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Dr. Littlefield tells this story through a century of North Dakota's speech and fine arts programs in schools from Williston to Wahpeton, from Pembina to Bowman. He relies on a huge variety of primary sources--newspapers, yearbooks, files long forgotten--to reconstruct a story never before heard in the Midwest. Voices and faces return to claim their heritage in a land so big, yet so remote. In this book the voices of the past join the present to speak to us again.


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - A Place in the Curriculum
Chapter 2 - The Development of Forensic Events
Chapter 3 - Dramatics Span the State
Chapter 4 - High School Weeks
Chapter 5 - Intercollegiate Forensic Activities Prior to World War II
Chapter 6 - Activities Association Begins Its Role
Chapter 7 - The Colleges and Universities Play Their Part
Chapter 8 - A Place of Our Own for the NDSTA
Chapter 9 - We Call Them By Name
Chapter 10 - Their Written Words Spoke


About the Author
Robert S. Littlefield is a professor of communication at North Dakota State University, Fargo. He serves as historian of the North Dakota Speech and Theatre Association, having served as president from 1985-87.

Wall of Flames, The Minnesota Forest Fire of 1894: Lawrence H. Larsen

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On September 1, 1894 a great cyclone of fire swept throught he pineries of Minnesota, roughly halfway between Duluth-Superior and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The first reports of the disaster that reached the outside world spawned sensational banner headlines. The New York Times reported: "HUNDREDS PERISH IN FOREST FIRES: Western Towns Destroyed and Citizens Burned to Death in Their Crumbling Homes. TERRIBLE SCENES OF SUFFERING AT HINCKLEY. The Minnesota Town Completely Wiped Out by the Flames, and Many of Its Inhabitants Perish - One Hundred and Forty-three Bodies Already Recovered, and More in the Ruins - Other Towns Swept Up by the Fire - The List of Dead Will Probably Reach Five Hundred." The Minnesota Forest Fire of 1894 was one of the great natural calamities in American history.

This huge fire storm, miles wide and high, advanced rapidly on Hinckley. It threw fireballs, embers, and objects thousands of feet ahead, causing whirlwinds and tornadoes of fire. The unleashed fury contained the force of several Hiroshima-size atomic bombs. It reminded survivors of a great black cloud stretching to the heavens. The "fire demon" roared through Hinckley in midafternoon, destroying the town in less than half an hour. Raging on unabated, the great conflagration swept through nearby Sandstone, before stopping in marshes and cutover along the Wisconsin border. Over 900 square miles of prime timberland lay in ashes.

The fire came and went within the space of a few hours. It was a ghastly climax to a summer that featured a combination of high temperatures, poor rainfall, and low humidity. Throughout the fire season, hundreds of small blazes smoldered and flared in the woodlands. Minnesota had no conservation laws, and lumber companies routinely left slashings on the forest floor.

Hundreds of the estimated 3,500 people in the fire district died. Many bodies were burned beyond recognition. Only ashes remained of others. People who escaped did so in a variety of ways. Some flung themselves into wells or streams. Others lay flat on open ground, in a gravel pit, or in swamps. Over a thousand rode trains through the flames to safety. A United Press reporter wrote, "It appears that it was a clean-cut case of either life or death." Some of the persons who jumped into wells either suffocated or were boiled alive. Others, who did the same thing close by, experienced only slight discomfort. Near Hinckley, a farmer lay in a field until the air cooled. He stood up to find everything within twelve feet around him burned to a crisp. There was just no telling what the "fire demon" would do as he went about his grim work of destruction.

Wall of Flames tells the story of the Minnesota Forest Fire in human terms. The book shows the impact of the catastrophe on victims, survivors, rescuers, and policy makers. The fire led to the passage of Minnesota's first conservation legislation. Yet, in a very real sense the initial human reaction transcended legalities. In the face of a terrible disaster, a triumph of the spirit occurred in Minnesota on September 1, 1894.

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