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5 Fun Facts About August 11 In North Dakota History

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1. On August 11, 1919, a severe hailstorm struck the town of Center, North Dakota. The hailstones reportedly measured up to six inches in diameter and caused extensive damage to buildings, crops, and other property.

2. In 1953, on this day, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill establishing the North Dakota State Fair Foundation. The foundation was created to promote and support the North Dakota State Fair, which is held annually in Minot.

3. On August 11, 1982, the city of Grand Forks experienced a record-breaking rainfall of 6.70 inches. This resulted in significant flooding and damage to homes and businesses in the area.

4. In 1956, North Dakota became the first state to establish a state-owned bank. The Bank of North Dakota was created on August 11 of that year to promote economic development and provide financing for state and local projects.

5. On August 11, 1921, the first North Dakota State Fair was held in Fargo. The fair showcased agricultural and industrial exhibits, as well as various entertainment and sporting events. Today, the annual event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond.
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