9 events you don’t want to miss in North Dakota this January

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Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of exciting ways to have a Legendary January. From dog trekking, skiing and snowmobiling to live music and monster trucks, everyone can get revved up for a weekend getaway or a new and unique experience this January in North Dakota. To find more information about events in North Dakota in January, or for a complete list of activities, go to NDtourism.com; 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

6th annual Pink Ribbon Riders ND Snow Run
January 9-10
Join in the fun of this two-day event that combines the passion of snowmobiling and the ability to help men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. The Snow Run is open to both men and women, and includes a welcome party, door prizes, contests, snowmobile ride and awards banquet. www.pinkribbonriders.com;

North Dakota Men's Hockey
Minnesota/Duluth - January 9-10
Niagara - January 16-17
Colorado College - January 23-24

Ralph Engelstad Arena
Cheer on the seven-time NCAA Division I champion as it hosts rivals at one of the top venues in the country, “The Ralph!” www.theralph.com; 701-777-4167

Winter Wonderland 2015
January 23
Try an out-of-this-world experience while learning about constellations, our solar system, stargazing and much more. The event will feature a portable planetarium for viewing constellations indoors and astronaut training exercises. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. www.gatewaytoscience.org; 701-258-1975

Boat and Marine Show 
January 23-25
Get an early look at some of the newest and most exciting watercraft for the coming year. Summer is around the corner, and now is the time to add that new toy to the collection. www.fargoboatshow.com; 701-241-9100

Mardi Gras
January 23-25
Don’t travel to New Orleans or wait until February to enjoy Mardi Gras. Trinity High School brings the party to Dickinson. For more than 45 years, Mardi Gras has offered great food, an extensive midway, entertainment and an auction. This is family entertainment at its best. www.dickinsoncatholicschools.com/mardigras.cfm; 701-483-6092

Cheech & Chong and War: "Up In Smoke"
January 24
Wow man, the “Up In Smoke Tour” is burning up stages all over the country with night after smoky night of "no authority" comedy and horn-infused funk and soul music. www.bismarckciviccenter.com; 701-355-1370

Devils Lake Volunteer Ice Fishing Tournament
January 31
Devils Lake
Set your hook for one of the largest winter events in the region! Join the fun and also have a chance to win big prizes, along with a raffle to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department. www.dlvfdicefishingtourney.com; 701-662-8022

International Snowmobile Ride
January 30-31
Ride the state trails to the border and into Canada (passports or passport ID cards required). snowmobilend.org/events/international-ride/

Monster Jam
January 30-31
Perfect sports and entertainment event with racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience in one incredible, action-packed live show, featuring Grave Digger, Scooby-Doo, Northern Nightmare and many more. www.fargodome.com; 701-241-9100

These are just a few North Dakota activities and events taking place in January. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 

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