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5 Fun Facts About June 3 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1980, a devastating F4 tornado struck the town of Grand Forks, North Dakota, killing ten people and causing extensive damage to homes and businesses. This tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected several states in the region.

2. On June 3, 1936, North Dakota Governor Walter Welford and other officials gathered in the small town of Des Lacs to dedicate a new highway bridge over the Des Lacs River. The bridge was seen as an important development for the region, improving access and transportation for residents and travelers alike.

3. A major oil spill occurred on June 3, 2013, when a train carrying crude oil derailed near the town of Casselton, North Dakota. Although no one was killed in the accident, the resulting fire and explosion caused widespread damage and raised concerns about the safety of transporting oil by rail.

4. In 2014, the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck opened a new exhibition showcasing the work of artist and illustrator Charles M. Russell. Russell, who lived and worked in Montana for much of his life, is known for his depictions of the American West and its people.

5. On June 3, 1956, a group of Modoc Indians from California arrived in the town of Wahpeton, North Dakota, to perform a traditional dance ceremony. The Modoc had been invited to participate in the local Corn Carnival by the Wahpeton Community Club, and their appearance was seen as a unique and fascinating cultural exchange.
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