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5 Fun Facts About August 8 In North Dakota History

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1. The town of Beach was incorporated in 1909 on August 8th. Located in the southwestern part of North Dakota, the town was named after the first postmaster's hometown of Beach, North Dakota.

2. The U.S. government signed a treaty with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations on August 8, 1866. The Treaty of Fort Berthold established the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

3. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford declared a state of emergency in North Dakota due to widespread flooding. The Souris River rose to unprecedented levels, causing significant damage in the city of Minot and many other communities.

4. On August 8, 2014, a ceremony was held to dedicate the new giant Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota. The statue is one of the largest buffalo statues in the world and was created to celebrate the state's history and culture.

5. On this day in 1924, Fargo businessman and philanthropist Martin Hector donated $300,000 to establish the Hector Foundation, which would support charitable organizations and projects throughout North Dakota. His legacy continues to benefit the state today.
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