The Bank of North Dakota: The Bank Today

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The frustration of farmers at the stranglehold Twin Cities and corporate business had on transportation, finance, and milling led to the rise of the Non-Partisan League.  The NPL-controlled legislature passed several bills providing support to farmers, including creation of the only state-owned bank in the country.

Today, in 2005, 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.

Producer

Kim Stenehjem (Producer); Lee Westad (Editor); R. Cadwell, D. Geck, T. Jensen, L. Westad (Videographers); Bob Dambach (Executive Producer).

Source

The Bank of North Dakota [Documentary]. USA: Prairie Public Broadcasting (2005).

Grade Level

4 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies

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