BookMarks Blog

November 25, 2019

Innovative Entrepreneurs Book by Drache and Gjovig Just Published

Two experts on agriculture history and innovation and entrepreneur have published a book about the impact of innovative entrepreneurs in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota during the past 150 years.


The book, Innovative Entrepreneurs of North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota: 150 Years of Impact!, was written by Dr. Hiram Drache, longtime historian-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and Bruce Gjovig, CEO Emeritus of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation, in Grand Forks. This is the 18th book written by Drache and the fifth by Gjovig.


This 300-page book profiles 76 regional entrepreneurs in 65 chapters, covering the Dalrymple Bonanza farm of the 1870s to today’s technology innovators. The foreword was written by Former North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple.


“Hiram Drache is simply the best agricultural business historian on the Great Plains and has been so for more than 50 years,” says Gjovig. “Our goal was to present a great breadth of view on how much significant innovative entrepreneurship has occurred in our region over a long period of time. Most do not consider North Dakota or Northwest Minnesota as a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship, but it is. Folks on the prairie are good at solving problems and capturing opportunity. However, we have been poor at telling this story.”


Gjovig intends to continue to gather more stories about more regional innovators and entrepreneur for a future book. “Innovative entrepreneurs have always been our region’s biggest advantage.”