by Max Grossfeld
The Nonpartisan League, formed in 1915, was one of the strongest grassroots movements at the turn of the 20th century and was born in North Dakota.
The origins of the party were immortalized in 1978 by John Hanson and Rob Nilsson with the docu-drama Northern Lights.
The Dakota Resource Council partnered with the State Historical Society of North Dakota and Cinema 100 to show the movie at the Heritage Center this afternoon.
Afterwards, they also hosted a discussion on the movie and party’s impact on the state’s history.
“I think when normal, common people band together and are intelligent about what they see is wrong in the system and they figure out what would resolve those problems, enormous things can happen,” said Sarah Vogel, Former ND Agriculture Commissioner.