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5 Fun Facts About April 24 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1884, the first steam locomotive engine arrived in Fargo for the Northern Pacific Railroad. The engine, called the "Minnetonka," was celebrated with a parade and demonstration before being put into service for the newly completed track to Bismarck.

2. In 1906, a devastating tornado swept through the town of Kindred, North Dakota, killing fourteen people and destroying much of the town. The tornado was one of the deadliest in the state's history and left a lasting impact on the community.

3. In 1913, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill creating a state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota. The bank was designed to help support farmers and small businesses in the state and has since become a model for public banking institutions around the world.

4. In 1944, the United States Army Air Forces awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross to North Dakota native Lieutenant Harold Stassen for his heroic actions during World War II. Stassen served as a navigator and bombardier on bombing missions over Europe and was recognized for his bravery and dedication to the mission.

5. In 1974, the North Dakota State Capitol building in Bismarck was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. The building, designed by architect Joseph Bell DeRemer, is renowned for its Art Deco style and unique design elements, including a statue of the goddess Liberty atop the dome.
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