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Supermarket tours explore ND agricultural history

Posted on 3/24/2014

The Farm & Ranch Guide

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation have teamed up with two local supermarkets to tell the story of how North Dakota crops and livestock get to the dining table.

"To celebrate National Agriculture Week in North Dakota, the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation will offer a history tour - "The Stories in Your Supermarket" - at Krause's SuperValu in Washburn and Dan's Supermarket-North in Bismarck," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "These free tours will provide participants with a better understanding of how farmers and ranchers have worked and continue to work to bring us the food we enjoy."

"Starting with the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes on the upper Missouri and moving into the 21st Century, the tour will explain how agriculture has evolved," said David Borlaug, president of the foundation. "We are very pleased to be working with the Department of Agriculture as we create fun new ways to share the history of North Dakota farming."

Robert Hanna, a certified heritage interpreter at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, will be the tour guide. Some of the foods will be available for sampling.

The tours will be held at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Krause's SuperValu, 105 Case St., Washburn

Thursday, March 27, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dan's Supermarket - North, 3101 N. 11th St., Bismarck

Friday, March 28, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dan's Supermarket - North, 3101 N. 11th St., Bismarck

The tours are free. No registration is required.

For more information on the tours, contact the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation at (701) 462-8535.

During National Agriculture Week, March 23-29, both NDDA and the foundation will have agriculture and food history displays in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol.

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