A film by Clay Jenkinson and David Swenson
Former Governor Arthur A. Link has become virtually a mythic figure in North Dakota consciousness. His father was an immigrant from the German Sudetenland, who homesteaded on the hardscrabble land of northwestern North Dakota. Art Link was Governor of North Dakota during the first great energy crisis in the 1970s. The nation’s thirst for me energy sources threatened that which Art loved most: the land. Governor Link insisted that North Dakota’s energy development was in harmony with values deeper than mere extraction: stewardship, the agrarian ideal, the integrity of rural communities. On October 11, 1973, Governor Link delivered what is widely regarded as North Dakota’s “Gettysburg Address.” His creedo, written in the margins of his prepared speech moments before he was introduced, is known by hits opening phrase: “When the landscape is quiet again.” This is the story of that man, that speech, and the landscape that inspired it.