The news release below is from Andrea Winkjer Collin, the editor of North Dakota Horizons.Â The magazine is celebrating 4o years of publication this month and next.
BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ It was 40 years ago this month that North Dakotans were getting their first glimpse ofÂ North Dakota Horizons magazine, a new state publication whose purpose was to showcase the stateâ€™s quality of place, its abundant resources and its people.
This month, a 40th anniversary commemorative edition of North Dakota Horizons, which is now on newsstands across the state, features the covers of all 160 issues and remembers the people who founded it and have kept it going.
Patterned after other successful state publications, such as the venerable Arizona Highways magazine, North Dakota Horizons was the idea of several state advertising, marketing and tourism professionals, says Andrea Winkjer Collin, editor. â€œThey wanted to show all that was happening here, and to balance some of the negative stereotypes that outsiders had about the state,â€ she says.Â â€œThey also wanted to reach out to former North Dakota families who had left the state during the Depression years and whose memories of the state were not necessarily positive.â€
North Dakota Horizons was published by the Greater North Dakota Association, now known as the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, and it was supported by the newly formed state tourism office. Today, it is still owned by the North Dakota Chamber and is published by Clearwater Communications, a Bismarck communications, marketing and management company.
Some early founders share their memories in the anniversary issue, as do the four former North Dakota Horizons editors, Ron Abrahamson, Dale Western and Sheldon Green, who now live in Fargo, and Lyle Halvorson of Bismarck.Â Officials with several state agencies and organizations also reflect on how far North Dakota has come in the 40 years since North Dakota Horizons was founded.
Collin says a common theme shared by all founders and former editors is the importance of pride in the state.Â One of the founders, longtime North Dakota newspaperman Don Gackle of Garrison, captured the publicationâ€™s purpose in the third issue of the magazine, â€œPride is essential in developing a great state.Â If we don’t have pride in ourselves, in our accomplishments, and in our state, we can hardly expect others to be enthusiastic about North Dakota.â€
The North Dakota Horizons 40th anniversary will be celebrated at a banquet in Bismarck on Feb. 10. It will be held in conjunction with the North Dakota Chamberâ€™s Business Days seminar, held every two years during the state legislative session. More information on the magazine can be found at www.ndhorizons.com.