Friday, August 21, 2015

covering America wk 34 North Dakota

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This week’s block is North Dakota

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here’s some info about it

Nickname: Sioux State; Flickertail State; Peace Garden State; Rough Rider State

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Entered Union (rank): Nov. 2, 1889 (39) another place said #40, maybe two did it on the same date??

The town of Rugby is the geographical center of North America. A rock obelisk about 15 feet tall, flanked by poles flying the United States and Canadian flags marks the location.

North Dakota passed a bill in 1987 making English the official state language.

An attempt to drop the word North from the state name was defeated by the 1947 Legislative Assembly. Again in 1989 the Legislature rejected two resolutions intended to rename the state Dakota.

When Dakota Territory was created in 1861 it was named for the Dakota Indian tribe. Dakota is a Sioux word meaning friends or allies.

The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba on the north, Minnesota on the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana as its western neighbor border North Dakota.

The Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson houses twelve full scale dinosaurs, thousands of rock, mineral and fossil specimens and a complete real Triceratops and Edmontosaurus.

The North Dakota State University research experiment station in Hettinger is the largest state owned sheep research center in the United States

The World's Largest Buffalo monument is located at Frontier Village in Jamestown. The structure is 26 feet high, 46 feet long, and weighs 60 ton.

North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo is the home of North Dakota's oldest PRCA rodeo.

The world famous Paul Broste Rock Museum in Parshall is built of natural granite quarried from the area. The entire structure was constructed with volunteer labor and opened for business in 1965. Paul called it his Acropolis on a hill.

New Leipzig is known as The Small, Friendly German Town on the Dakota Prairie and hosts an annual Oktoberfest.

Only one word is needed to describe Lake Sakakawea country - big. From the massive two-mile long Garrison Dam near Riverdale to the end of Lake Sakakawea near Williston, Lake Sakakawea is nearly 200 miles long with a shoreline of countless bays and inlets that cover 1,600 miles.

The American elm (Ulmus americana) is the official state tree and is commonly found across North Dakota. The American elm often reaches 120 feet or taller.

In 1982 Rutland hosted what was considered the grand daddy of all celebrations when the town went into the "Guinness Book of World Records" with the cooking and eating of the World's Largest Hamburger. That year, between 8 and 10 thousand people came to sample the tasty 3591 pound burger.

The Lewis and Clark expedition encountered their first grizzly (brown) bears in North Dakota.

The piles of rock on White Butte, North Dakota's highest point, are known of as rock johnnies or sheepherder's monuments and according to legend were piled there by sheepherders as a way to pass the time while they tended their flocks.

The official state flower is the wild prairie rose. The flower sports five bright pink petals with a tight cluster of yellow stamens in the center. The state rose grows along roadsides, in pastures and in native meadows.

Only the Best Come North is the motto of the Minot Air Force Base located a few miles outside Minot's city limits. The military community draws personnel from all over the world.

again no fun facts :(

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Tu-Na Quilts said...

Greetings from Bismarck North Dakota! Here's a fun fact or two for you. Our state capitol building is a skyscraper 18 stories tall--one of only 4 skyscraper capitol buildings in the U.S.--and inside it is a room lined with sheets of a very rare wood called California Walnut. If you look closely at this wood you will see many monkey faces in the wood. I've seen it several times. It's not reflections or politicians but actual monkey faces in the wood.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I couldn't resist giving you another fun fact of ND. Within North Dakota's boundaries exists a 32 mile long highway with 8 (maybe more by now) gigantic large metal sculptures designed by Gary Greff and built by him and volunteers. Gary saw the small town of Regent dying and reached out to help bring it back to life with his bigger than big metal sculptures all made from donations of money, materials, and even some land to set them on creating lots of tourist and ND local traffic down the highway ending in the small town. If you traveled the highway you would see giant grasshoppers, a tin family including a propeller-headed boy holding a sucker, a flock of geese flying in the sky which is claimed to be the world's largest outdoor sculpture, colorful metal fish leaping 70 feet into the air, and others. I guess you'll just have to come and see them for yourself.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

"Famous people from North Dakota include musician and bandleader Lawrence Welk, baseball legend Roger Maris, news reporter and commentator Eric Sevareid, author Louis L’Amour, singer Peggy Lee, actress Angie Dickenson, and actor Josh Duhamel."

"In 2012, North Dakota was the fastest-growing state in the United States. The growth was largely due to an oil boom in the Bakken fields in the western part of the state. The state became the 2nd-highest oil-producing state behind Texas. Despite its oil boom, agriculture or farming is still North Dakota’s top industry."

"It’s illegal to go dancing in Fargo with a hat on. It is even illegal to wear a hat at a party where other people are dancing. It is also illegal in North Dakota to take a nap with your shoes on."

"North Dakota is the least-visited state in America."

"North Dakota is the nation’s 3rd-top sugar producer." and the top wheat producer in 2014.