The Immigration Boom of 1898
Progressivism alone, however, was not sufficient to bring MSNS into existence; equally important was the immigration boom that occurred during this same era.
By 1898 the nation had begun to recover from its economic recession, and the economy began to soar, beginning a considerable spike in overseas immigration that would last for a little under two decades. North Dakota, boasting a large availability of farm land, attracted many of these immigrants, especially Norwegians and German-Russians.
North Dakota did not only attract foreign immigrants, however. Many settlers also came from within the nation, looking to either profit from land speculation or settle themselves. By 1910, nearly two-thirds of the population of North Dakota had been born outside the state; nearing the end of the boom in 1915, the settler population was upwards of 250,000.