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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In North Dakota History

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1. Oil was discovered in North Dakota on January 14, 1951, in the Williston Basin. This discovery transformed the state's economy and led to a significant increase in oil production.

2. On January 14, 1943, the Northern Pacific Railway Depot in Minot, North Dakota was destroyed in a fire. This building was over 50 years old and served as an important transportation hub for the area.

3. The North Dakota State Penitentiary was established on January 14, 1885. This facility has been in operation for over 135 years and has housed some of the state's most notorious criminals.

4. On January 14, 1932, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux played their first indoor hockey game in Grand Forks. This sport would become a popular pastime in the region and the Fighting Sioux would go on to win several national championships.

5. The town of Mandan was founded on January 14, 1879. Originally a railroad town, Mandan has grown into a thriving community with a rich cultural history and strong agricultural roots.
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