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North Dakota Facts

North Dakota amazes with these agriculture, geography and attraction fun facts.


Agriculture Fun Facts

  • North Dakota is the leading producer of sunflowers in the United States.
  • North Dakota produces enough soybeans to make 483 billion crayons each year.
  • North Dakota is the No. 1 producer of honey in the nation. 
  • The world's largest french fry feed is held every year in Grand Forks, during Potato Bowl USA. A new record was set on September 10, 2015, when 5,220 pounds of french fries were served.

 

  • North Dakota is home to 89 dairy farms and 2 plants that process one or more dairy products.
  • North Dakota produces 38 million gallons of milk annually.
  • North Dakota generates $68 million in milk sales annually.


Geography Fun Facts

  • The geographical center of North America is marked in Rugby.
  • Explorers William Clark and Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery spent more time in what is now North Dakota than any other place on their journey.
  • The International Peace Garden is a beautiful symbol of peace and friendship straddling the U.S. and Canadian border of North Dakota and Manitoba.
  • North Dakota is home to more wildlife refuges than any other state. Wildlife viewing and birding opportunities are abundant.

Albino Buffalo

Teddy

  • Teddy bears got their name from former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. North Dakota is home to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, known for its scenic beauty and natural wildlife.

Quirky Fun Facts

  • North Dakota holds the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. On February 17, 2007, 8,962 people made snow angels at the state capitol grounds beating the previous record of 3,784.
  • The world’s largest hamburger was eaten in Rutland, North Dakota. It weighed 3,591 pounds and more than 8,000 people were invited to the meal.
  • In 2008, Fargo, North Dakota, hosted the largest pancake feed in the world.
  • Movies filmed in North Dakota including Dakota (1945), Fargo (1995), My Father’s Garden (1996), and Wooly Boys (2001. None of the scenes in the popular movie Fargo was filmed there, however, the wood chipper used in the movie is now on display at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor Center.

Scheels

  • One of the world's largest All-Sports store, the Scheels flagship store in Fargo, is 196,000 square feet and has a Ferris wheel inside.

North Dakota Capitol Building 

  • The 19-story state capitol building in Bismarck is one of only four tower-style capitols in the U.S. An observation floor at the top provides a panoramic view of Bismarck and the Missouri River Valley.

Weather Facts

The weather in North Dakota varies greatly, as do reports of year-round cold and snow. Suffice it to say that reports of never-ending bone-chilling cold are greatly exaggerated. In reality, weather often varies by location with the southwest (banana belt) generally warmer than the northeast. In fact, the average high in North Dakota in February is 29 degrees, the same as Minneapolis; six degrees less than Chicago; and 10 degrees less than Boston. To get a glimpse of weather highs and lows and precipitation, let's look at Bismarck, which is centrally located:

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Average high in °F:

21

29

40

56

69

78

Average low in °F:

-1

8

19

31

43

52

Avg. precipitation in inches:

0.5

0.5

0.9

1.5

2.2

2.6

Average snowfall in :

9

8

9

4

0

0

 

 

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average high in °F:

85

83

72

58

38

26

Average low in °F:

56

55

44

32

18

5

Avg. precipitation in inches:

2.6

2.2

1.6

1.3

0.7

0.4

Average snowfall in :

0

0

0

2

9

9

 

 

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