So, you never know what you might find when surfing the web. In a bid to look for logo ideas and watershed outlines for the Red River Basin, I came across a document called “The Power of a Dream” – Biographical oral histories of The International Coalition, Red River Basin Board and Red River Basin Commission. Now I’ve been working in the Valley for nearly a year and I don’t recall ever seeing this. The document was put together in 2007 with funds (it appears) from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project at the University of Minnesota – Crookston. The student editor listed is Kayla Kappes.
Forty-two (42) individuals across Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota are highlighted in this document. The interviews provide an oral history of the above organizations, including not only how they came about, but also the dreams and hopes of the people involved in creating them. New to the valley? or just new to water issues in the valley? This paper is a great place to start in understanding the history of people and the issue of flooding in the Red River Valley. An easy read, you may learn something new about someone you know in the Valley! Check it out at http://www.redriverbasincommission.org/PowerofaDream_2008.pdf
Here is a list of people interviewed in the paper:
Arland Jacobson, Ben Varnson, Bob Halliday, Bruce Furness, Bruce Third,Bud Wessman, Carolyn Engebretson, Chris Kranendonk, Cliff McLain, Dale Frink, Dan Wilkens, Don Ogaard, Don Schirrick, Earl Anderson, Harold Taylor, Herm Martens, Hetty Walker, Jake Gust, Jay Leitch, Jim Eldridge, Joe Belford, Joel Heitkamp, John Oxton, Jon Evert, Ken Madison, Linda Kingery, Lisa Bourget, Lyle Eiserg, Melissa Hotain, Mike Kotchman, Milton Arneson, Molly Macgregor, Morris Lanning, R.S. “Bud” Oliver, Richard Andring, Riley Rogers, Roger Moe, Roland Gullekson, Ron Harnack, Todd Johnson, Tom Jorgens, and Valerie Rutherford