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Title: Robert L. Stroup

Dates: 1967-1976, 1996

Collection Number:  10692

Quantity: 13 feet

Abstract: Files of the Energy Development Board, coal mining reclamation issues and resolutions, files relating to Stroup’s service in the North Dakota Legislature, aerial photos of coal mine activity, and an oral history with Mr. Stroup.

Provenance: Robert Stroup donated his papers to the State Historical Society of North Dakota in July 1996.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

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Transfer: Twenty-eight publications were transferred to the library collection.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
From the Hazen Star November 15, 2001

Robert L. Stroup, 86, of Hazen, died Tuesday Oct. 30, 2001, at Sakakwea Medical Center, Hazen. Services were held Saturday Nov. 3, 2001, at English Lutheran Church, Hazen, with Pastor Bill Wagner officiating. Burial followed in Hazen Cemetery.

Robert L. Stroup was born June 17, 1915, in Zap to Robert Martin and Margaret (Adams) Stroup. He grew up in Zap and graduated from high school in Hazen. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. And was elected to Pi Kappa Delta National Forensic Fraternity.

After college he worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Medora and Dickinson, buying land for the Little Missouri Grassland Area.

He married Lillian Pridt in 1939. Later that year he began managing Stanton Grain Company and also served on the Stanton School Board. In 1945 he moved to Hazen where he taught and coached at Hazen High School. In 1947 he bought Hazen Lumber Company and operated that until he sold it in 1973.

In 1965 he was elected to the North Dakota Senate, serving until 1976 and was often referred to as “Mr. Coal.” While a State Senator, he was the author of North Dakota’s first reclamation law and severance taxation legislation. This legislation was later adopted by many other states and the U.S. Congress. His interest in reclamation started when he lived in Zap and he and his brothers delivered newspapers and walked thorough unsightly spoil piles.

From 1974 to 1976 he was the Executive Director of the Mercer County Energy Development Board, actively involved in the rapidly expanding energy projects and research relating to coal-related innovation. In 1989 he received the Greater North Dakota Association’s Natural Resources Award.

He was an active member and officer of many businesses, civic, fraternal and political organizations over the years. He was involved in the creation of the Hazen Community Chest in 1976 and rewriting North Dakota’s Mechanics Lien Law in 1963. He served as President of the North Dakota Lumberman’s Association and the Northwest Lumberman’s Association. In 1976 he was the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. He was a charter member of the Hazen Memorial Hospital Association, which was instrumental in the building of the new hospital.

He was on the Board of the Union State Bank in Hazen for 10 years. He was Vice President and on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Security Bank in Washburn at the time of his death.

Lillian died in 1971. In 1974 he married Vi (Wickenheiser) Keller. He is survived by his wife Vi, Hazen; six children, Robyn (Edmund) Vinje, Fargo; Robert L. II (Coletta Albers), Fargo; M. James (La Vonne Schlender), Washburn; Larry (Kathy Strauss), Eden Prairie, Minn.; Thomas (Heather Pack), Great Falls, Va.; Elizabeth (Jerome) Menge, Bismarck; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Ron (Nancy Cramer) Keller, Minneapolis, Minn.; Don Keller, Columbus, Ohio; Kathy (Rich) Werner, Janesville, Wis.; and Dick (Nancy) Ricks, Edina, Minn.; 10 step-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (Bernice) Garrison; one sister Margaret Jean (Betty) (Jim) Leet, Wilton, Conn.; two sisters-in-law, Enid Stroup, Hazen; and Jean (Pridt) Rockne, Hazen; and Phoenix, Ariz.; and seven nieces and nephews.

In addition to Lillian he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, George, and two infant sisters, Mary and Roberta.

Box 1:
1 Argonne National Lab-Bulletins 1978                   
2 Certo-Contracts 1979                 
3 Growth Management Plan Mercer County n.d.             
4 Hazen Population & Housing 1977-1979
5 Mercer County Interim Land Use Policy Plan, Mercer County Planning Committee 1978
6 Land Use Plans, Hazen 1978
7 Mercer County Task Force Minutes/Agendas 1977-1980                            
8 Mercer County Task Force Committee Minutes 1976-1977
9 Pick City-Population & Housing Plan 1979
10 Methanol (Sorghum) Proposal 1979-1980       
11 UPSIG Upper Plains States Inodation 1980     
12 Fuel Cell-Gas Research 1978
13 Birmingham Settlement Peter Houghton n.d.
14 Energy Conservation Proposals 1977-1979
15 Construction Work Force & Employment 1979             
16 Minde Land Reclamation Act of 1977                
17 Starrett City Energy Project 1979-1980
18 John P. and M. Michele Genereux 1978-1979               
19 Monitoring Program for Energy Development 1978                   
20 Genereux-reports & maps 1978
21 A Plan for Monitoring Energy Related Growth Development in Mercer County, Resource Planning Assoc., Inc. 1978
22 NBI Growth Management Plan drafts 1978
23 Legis/50 Denver 1979
24 Stevens Point, WI Conference 1979
25 Urban Land Institute Dallas TX 1979

Box 2:
1 Lignite Symposium                      
2 Stroup, Robert                              
3 Energy Development on Wyoming's Government                        
4 Regional Profile Energy Impacted Counties                      
5 Energy Related Market Opportunities                
6 Local Government & Petroleum Development                              
7 Programmatic & Financial Solar (2)                       
8 Western Coal Planning Final Report                     
9 Study of the Energy Development Board of Mercer County     
10 Potential Products from ND Lignite Fly Ash                    
11 Proceedings 1979      
12 Low-Rank Coal Study Vol.6                    
13 Low-Rank Coal Study Vol.5                    
14 Low-Rank Coal Study Vol. 4                   
15 Low-Rank Coal Study Vol.3                    
16 Low-Rank Coal Study Vol. 2                   
17 The Toxic Substances Dilemma                           

Box 3:
1 R.P.A. General Correspondence            1980      
2 RPA Evaluation of EDB Report                
3 Environmental Impact Statement (Final)                           
4 Environmental Impact Statement (Draft)                          
5 Energy Conservation Guidebook                          
6 Census-Mercer County              1979      
7 Energy Development Board of ND Mercer County                       
8 Energy Conservation Guidebook                          
9 Energy Development Board of Mercer County                               
10 Newspaper clippings                               
11 FDB Agreement & By Laws                    
12 Great Plains Gasification August          1980      
13 Great Plains Gasification Project Vol. 3 of 3                    
14 Great Plains Gasification Plant Vol. 2 of 3                        
15 Forecasts for Western Coal/Energy Development                      
16 Impact Assessment of Western Coal/Energy                
17 NDSU Land Reclamation Research Center                      
18 ND REAP System Analysis Details Volume 1                   
19 Community Planning Handbook                         
20 ND Farm Research January-February                1979      
21 The Chemistry of Coal                             
22 Land Reclamation Research Center    1988      
23 ND Land Reclamation Research Center             1989      
24 Mine-Land Reclamation Research Rev.             1991      

Box 4:
1 Land Reclamation Research Center      1990      
2 NDSU Land Reclamation Research Cent              1991      
3 Department of Energy                              
4 Project Lignite-UND                   
5 Lignite Ash Analysis-Bureau                    
6 UND Fly Ash Reports                  
7 Grand Forks Research Center 1978      
8 Mineral Wool from Lignite Coal Slag (2)                              
9 RPA Work Plan Description                      
10 Energy Development Board of Mercer Count                               
11 Grand Forks Energy Technology Center                          
12 Valley City Community Development                March 29, 1979 
13 EDB MTG Agenda                      
14 News Releases Weekly                          
15 City of Beulah September      1978      
16 FMHA Import Program                           
17 FMHA Planning Pre-Application/Plan Required                            
18 Coal Conversion counties Assoc.                        
19 Public Commission State of ND (3items)          Nov. 9, 1977      
20 Coal Conversion Facilities Tax Projects                             
21 Staff Memo's EDB                     
22 Zap Population & Housing                     
23 Western Coal Planning Association Workshop                              
24 Wind Generations & Test Program                    
25 Will Walton-Memo's                
26 Tvenge-Larson-Contracts                      

Box 5:
1 Tvenge-Larson Retail Trade Study                        
2 Stanton-Population & Housing                              
3 R.P.A. General               1977-1978           
4 State Planning Association N.D.                             
5 Mary College Energy Symposium          Oct. 24, 1979     
6 Jackman Rural Nonfarm Residential Element                  
7 Golden Valley-Population & Housing                  
8 EDA Solicitation Proposals                        
9 Energy Conservation Program Work Plan                          
10 Assistance Material Regulations                         
11 Beulah's Growth Management Plan                 
12 EDB Program 3 Counties                         
13 Capital Improvements                            
14 Coal Impact Office Grants                      
15 BIDD Business & Industrial Development                       
16 Application for Designation May 1979              
17 Program Planning National Center for Dem                   
18 EDB                 
19 Energy Management & Conservation July                      
20 National Journal (2 items)                      
21 EDB of Mercer County                            
Production of Mineral Wool from Coal   March 1, 1983   
Energy Activities with Energy Ant                            
U.S. Dept. of Energy Notice Grant Award                             
Fly Ash Grant Applications/notes                             
Final Report Sulphur and Fly Ash                              
NDSU December 13, 1982           
Impacts of Energy Development Mercer County ND                       
Alternative Energy Sources Glossary Terms                        
NCAT Year III cycle 3                      
23 Fly Ash Wallboard-DOE Application                   
24 Fly Ash Research                       
25 Manz, Oscar-Fly Ash Proposals                            
26 Fly-Ash Research-to Industry Reports                              
27 Fly Ash Research Reports RPA                             
28 Fly Ash Buildings Tvenge-Larson                         
29 EDA Grant Fly Ash Reporting Requirements                  
30 EDA Economic Development Fly Ash Grant                    
31 NCAT-Grant Applications Fly Ash                        
32 Fly Ash                           

Box 6:
1 Status Report on Fly Ash           Feb. 1, 1980       
2 Farmers Home Administration Impact Assoc. Sec                          
3 FMHA Acc 601 Proposed Amendments                             
4 FMHA sec 601 Correspondence                            
5 DOE-601 Program                        
6 Western ND Health Systems Conference Mandan        Apr. 3, 1981       
7 West Po-Western Governor's Policy office                      
8 copies Remarks Lignite Symposium Grand Forks                           
9 Change-Mercer County-Remarks                         
10 West Po Western Governor's Policy Office                    
11 Airport-Hazen-Beulah Joint                  
12 Beulah-Hazen Joint Airport                   
13 Engineering Pilot Program                     
14 Technical Bulletin Fly-Ash Cement Grout                        
15 County Energy Action Conference                     
16 EDB-Minutes-Copy                   
17 Appropriate Technology Fly Ash Mineral                        
18 Fly Ash-Mineral Wool Grant UND Reports                      
19 Appropriate Technology Small Grant program                              
20 Mercer County Coal Taxes (EDB)                        
21 Financial contracts D.O.E. & E.D.B.                     
22 DOE-EDB Corr. Financial           1981      
23 Budget & Work Programs       1981      
24 General Correspondence       05-01-81              

Box 7:
1 DOE-EDB Financial Correspondence     1980      
2 EDB General Correspondence                1982      
3 Budget & Work program           1980      
4 Budgets EDB FY             1977-1978           
5 Research Project Reports D.O.E.                           
6 Budgets EDB FY             1978-1979           
7 Monitoring-Public Service Commission                              
8 Workshop        1977      
9 Workshop Package                     
10 Workshop     1980      
11 EDB Workshop            1979      
12 Onlooker       1976      
13 Council of State Government                              
14 Spoil Pile Legislation Montana              1973      
15 Federal Strip Mining Legislation & Information              1973      

Box 8:
1 Stroup-Speeches (Notes)                        
2 National Symposium on State Environment                     
3 Taxation (Mill levels)   1976
4 Taxation (Income, property, sales)       1976      
5 Taxes-source-Local & State                     
6 Coal Conversion Counties Association Legislative Session                          
7 R.E.A.P. Regional Environment               1975-76               
8 REAP  1976      
9 REAP Demographic charts Oliver, McLean                        
10 Governor       1976      
11 Gov. Link Message to Legislature                       
12 Gravel & Clay pit spoil reclamation      1973-74               
13 Reclamation 1976      
14 Spoil Pile 1967 Session              1967      
15 SB 2091 Senate committee Testimony Spoil                  
16 Soils 1976      
17 Supreme Court Decisions       1976      
18 Taxation (Plants, severance) 1976      

Box 9:
1 Twelve-County Survival Group
2 Taxation (Severed minerals)    1976      
3 Upper Midwest Council             1976      
4 Uranium Enrichment & Atomic Energy Plant                    
5 Weston Governors Conference Billings Mont  1975      
6 Water Management Districts                 
7 Newspaper Articles     1975      
8 Architects                       
9 Basin Electric                  
10 Badlands Coal Release Application      1973      
11 Bills for introduction  1977      
12 Bill Drafts-Personal    1975-76               
13 Bill Drafts-Personal    1974-75               
14 Coal-Air Quality                          
15 Coal Conversion Counties Legal                          
16 Coal Press Reports-General                  
17 Coal-Liquefaction                      
18 Coal-Leasing Land                     
19 Coal- Rules and Regulations   1975      
20 Coal & Reclamation ND Wildlife-Assoc.                            
21 Coal Speech Material & Notes                             
22 Coal -Personal Press                
23 Interior, Department of          1976      
24 Land Use Planning-Natural Resources Committee      
25 Lignite Council             1975      
26 Mich-Wisc Pipeline Co. American Natural                       
27 Mining Engineers, Society of Las Vegas                           
28 North American Coal Corporation       1976      
29 Plant Siting Laws         1975      
30 Power Transmission Lines Resource Development                    
31 Public Service Commission Reclamation Law                 

Box 10:
1 Publications    1976      
2 Reclamation Law Revision Coal               1974      
3 Railway Lines North Dakota                     
4 Resource Development Comm Gov.                   
5 Rural Development Advisory Council                  
6 Reclamation Law 2095                               
7 Strip Mining Photo Album                        
8 Coal Public Service Commission Statistics                          
9 Coal Power Production                             
10 Coal Severance Tax SB-2400  1973      
11 Coal By products Utilization Ins.                          
12 Coal Mining                  
13 Coal Press RPTS Gasification                 
14 Coal Severance Tax   1975-76               

Box 11:
1 Coal-Slurry Pipeline                    
2 Coal-Speech Material                
3 Conference of Churches           1976      
4 Consolidation Coal Co.                               
5 Correspondence           1976      
6 Electrical Generating Costs                      
7 Geological Survey         1976      
8 Energy               1975      
9 Energy Conference      1975      
10 Environmental Newsletters   1976      
11 Finance and Taxation Comm.                1975-76               
12 Fort Union Coal Conference October                1975      
13 Fort Union Coal Conference  1976-77               
14 State Legislative conf. Lincoln               1975      
15 County Energy Action Conference                     
16 County Energy Action Conference                     
17 EDB Minutes                1977-1981           

Box 12:
Slides: Aerial Photos, Mercer County      1973      

Box 13:
1 Correspondence           1967      
2 Correspondence-Publications 1967      
3 Correspondence-Publications 1967      
4 Correspondence           1971      
5 Correspondence           1971      
6 Correspondence           1969-1972           
7 Correspondence           1969-1972           
8 Correspondence           1972-1974           
9 Correspondence           1972-1974           
10 Correspondence        1972-1975           
11 Correspondence        1972-1975           
12 Correspondence        1972-1975           
13 Fort Union Coal Conference  1975      
14 Miscellaneous-letters, map, newspaper clipping                        
15 Publications                 

Box 14:
Publications                       

Box 15:
Publications                       

Box 16:
1 West River Diversion Advisory Material              1972-1975           
2 West River Diversion   1973      
3 West River Conservancy Dist.  1974-1976
4 Governor (Candidates)              1975-1976           
5 West River Diversion Advisory Comm.                1974      
6 West River Diversion-Legislative Material          1971      
7 Zoning, Mercer County              1968      
8 Mercer County Planning Comm.            1966-1967           
9 Midwestern Conf. Council of State Governments          1975      
10 Missouri River Basins Comm.                1976      
11 Natural Resources "A" Comm.              1974      
12 Natural Resources Comm. Leg. Assembly        1975      
13 Natural Conf. of State Legislatures     1975      
14 Personal Property Tax              1969      
15 Personal Property Payback    1971      
16 Property Tax-Real Property   1975-1976           
17 Knife River Water Plan             1969-1971           

 

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