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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1905, the North Dakota legislature authorized the construction of the State Capitol in Bismarck. The Capitol was completed in 1934 and is still in use today.

2. In 1930, Bismarck native Lawrence Welk made his first radio broadcast on WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota. Welk went on to have a successful career as a bandleader and television host.

3. In 1962, the United States Air Force opened the Minuteman Missile Launch Control Facility near Cooperstown. The facility was part of the Cold War strategy to maintain nuclear missile readiness.

4. In 1993, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill requiring schools to offer an elective course on the Bible as literature. The bill was controversial and ultimately vetoed by the governor.

5. In 2011, the North Dakota legislature passed a law banning synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" and "K2" that were becoming increasingly popular among drug users. The law was among the first in the nation to address the emerging threat of these drugs.
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