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5 Fun Facts About February 8 In North Dakota History

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1. On February 8, 1887, North Dakota's first state flag was adopted. The flag features a dark blue field and a bald eagle carrying a bundle of arrows and an olive branch.

2. In 1910, the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) established the first four-year program in agriculture education in the United States on February 8.

3. On February 8, 1951, the Minot Air Force Base was established in Ward County, North Dakota. The base is home to the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing.

4. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, visited North Dakota on February 8, 1884. He traveled to the Dakota Territory to hunt bison and fell in love with the rugged western landscape.

5. In 1935, on February 8, the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was established to provide electricity to rural areas of the United States, including many parts of North Dakota. The REA helped to bring electricity to farms and other rural communities, which had previously been without it.
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