Document Type

Research Note


North Dakota residents experienced two memorable events in 1989: the centennial anniversary of statehood and an agonizing debate about the economic future of the state. It was not incidental that these two events were coincident. As we celebrated our past, we looked to the future. But as we looked into that future was none too bright. Indeed, the title of the Vision 2000 committee's widely disseminated summary report was "Is North Dakota Dying? Will We Stand By and Watch?". Studies commissioned by the vision 2000 Committee concluded that a major obstacle to the state's economic development was the resident's negative mindset. The purpose of this paper is to asses whether the rural residents of the state exhibit that negative mindset.



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