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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1915, the town of Williston experienced a rare and destructive hailstorm. The storm brought hailstones as large as grapefruit and caused significant damage to crops and buildings in the area.

2. In 1936, North Dakota native Bill Schwan became the first and only person to serve as both the state's governor and attorney general. He was also a prominent leader in the Republican Party and advocated for conservative policies during his time in office.

3. On June 8, 1954, the United States Air Force officially established Minot Air Force Base. The base is now home to the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing, which are responsible for maintaining the country's nuclear deterrence capabilities.

4. In 1999, North Dakota voters approved a ballot measure that established a state lottery. The lottery has since raised millions of dollars for education and other state programs.

5. On June 8, 2014, a tornado touched down near the town of Watford City, causing significant damage to homes and businesses in the area. The tornado was classified as an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale and was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather that affected several states in the Great Plains region.
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