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Some North Dakota Trivia

Capital - Bismarck Nokdata Horse
Nickname – Peace Garden State, Flickertail State, Roughrider State
Motto – "Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable"
Admitted To Union – November 2,1889 - 39th State
Size – 70,704 square miles
Highest Point - White Butte; 3,506 feet
Lowest Point - Red River; 750 feet
Geographic Center - Sheridan, 5 miles southwest of McClusky
Topography - Central lowlands in the east comprises the flat Red River Valley and the rolling drift prairie; Missouri plateau of the Great Plains in the west.
Population – (2000) 642,200
State Flower – Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana)
Honorary Equine – The Nokota Horse
State Bird - Western Meadowlark
State Tree – American Elm (Ulmus Americana)
Song – North Dakota Hymn
State Fish - Northern Pike
State Fossil – Tereda petrified Wood
Largest Cities - Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Mandan, Dickinson, Jamestown West Fargo, Williston, Wahpeton
Economy - Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets
Industry - Food processing, machinery, mining, tourism
Flag - North Dakota's dark blue field displays a bald eagle holding an olive branch and a bundle of arrows in its claws. In its beak, the eagle carries a ribbon with the words " One nation made up of many states". The shield on its breast has thirteen stars, representing the original thirteen states. The fan shaped design above the eagle represents the birth of a new nation, the United States. The name "North Dakota" appears on a red scroll below the eagle.
Origin of state's name - Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for "friend"
Famous North Dakotans -
Angie Dickinson - actress, Kulm
Ivan Dmitri - artist
John Bernard Flannagan - sculptor, Fargo
Phyllis Frelich - actress, Devils Lake
William H. Gass - writer and philosopher, Fargo
Phil Jackson - basketball player, coach
Dr. Leon O. Jacobson - researcher, educator, Sims
Louis L'Amour - author, Jamestown
Peggy Lee - singer, Jamestown
Casper Oimoen - skier
Arthur Peterson - radio and TV actor
Cliff Fido Purpur - hockey player, coach
James Rosenquist - painter, Grand Forks
Eric Sevareid - TV commentator, Velva
Ann Sothern - actress, Valley City
Dorothy Stickney – actress, Dickinson
Edward K. Thompson - editor
Era Bell Thompson - editor
Tommy Tucker - band leader, Souris
Lawrence Welk - band leader, entertainer, Strasburg