Financial Support for Public Education
Even with the prevalent Progressive ideology and the demand for a normal school in the rapidly growing northwestern section of the state, one final element needed to fall into place, the school could not be established without financial support.
Coming out of the recession in the late 1800s, the United States economy was on an upward curve. This was also true in North Dakota, which boasted availability of land and a burgeoning population, a combination which contributed to expanding agricultural production, especially of wheat. Much of the state's increased revenue was devoted to public educational institutions, ranging from the common schools to the institutions of higher education. The North Dakota State Tax Commissioners' 1913 report provides evidence of these expenditures.