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North Dakota Compass

By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

New resources

  • New! State Legislative District profiles
  • Updated Trends
  • January's Newsletter
  • Community Building Toolkit located in the header under Toolkits
  • In February's For Discussion article, Heidi Demars explains what a food cooperative is and how they can benefit North Dakota. In the Ask a Researcher column, Dr. Abby Gold discusses the merits of the local food movement and how North Dakota can join in.
  • Geo Profiles which includes a compilation of the most important social indicators present on the ND Compass website.

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For Discussion


Growing a Food Cooperative from the Ground Up

Heidi Demars is the Outreach Coordinator for the BisMan Community Food Co-op. She was selected by the Bush Foundation as a 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow and is working to increase food literacy in the community and to create connections and strong relationships between consumers and producers in the region.

Ask a Researcher

photoCommunity Food Systems: Food Charters and More

Abby Gold is an Associate Director for the Master’s in Public Health Program at North Dakota State University and a Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for NDSU Extension Service. She received her doctoral degree in Communication from NDSU and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Her research areas of interest include: nutrition and health education, food access, health promotion and communication, and diverse populations.  In this article, she describes the food landscape in the United States and in North Dakota and discusses four promising community-grounded strategies to build a community food system.

Different Ways to Use ND Compass

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HOW To Use This Site

You can explore the website in multiple ways: by topic, by geography and by community capitals.

  • Click on a topic located in the black bar at the top of the page
  • Click on a key measure to see graphs, maps, charts, and tables related to a specific indicator
  • Scroll over the “Breakdown” menu to see what specific characteristics and geographies are available
  • To find data sources, definitions, or qualifications, go to the "View" drop down menu and choose "Data & notes"
  • Find links to additional data sources under More Measures
  • Find links to projects and organizations relevant to the topic under Ideas at Work
  • Find reports and publications under Library



If you would like additional instruction, please read the May 2013 Ask A Researcher: Learn how to make the ND Compass website work for you.

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