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5 Fun Facts About February 28 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1946, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (now known as the North Dakota University System) was established. This board oversees the state's public colleges and universities, including North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.

2. February 28, 1878 marked the founding of the city of Grand Forks, which is located in the northeastern part of the state. The city grew rapidly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a hub for agriculture, transportation, and education.

3. On February 28, 1925, the town of Hillsboro experienced a record-breaking temperature drop of 83 degrees Fahrenheit in just 24 hours. The temperature plummeted from 44 degrees to minus 39 degrees as a result of a cold front that moved through the area.

4. In 1983, North Dakota governor Allen I. Olson signed a law designating the western meadowlark as the official state bird. The meadowlark is known for its beautiful melody and is a common sight in North Dakota's grasslands and prairies.

5. On February 28, 1917, the North Dakota Legislature designated the Red River Valley as the state's official emblem. The valley is a vast, flat plain that stretches across the eastern part of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota and Manitoba, and is an important agricultural region known for its fertile soil and productive crops.
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