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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1874, Alexander McKenzie, a prominent North Dakota politician who served as a delegate to Congress and later as a territorial governor, was born. McKenzie played a significant role in shaping the state's early politics and economy.

2. On March 23, 1916, the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a state law allowing women to vote in primary elections. The decision was an important milestone in women's suffrage in North Dakota and paved the way for broader voting rights.

3. In 1920, the first section of the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch of road featuring a series of massive metal sculptures, was completed. The project, which was the brainchild of local artist Gary Greff, has become a popular tourist attraction in western North Dakota.

4. On this day in 1931, North Dakota Governor George Shafer signed a bill legalizing the sale and consumption of 3.2 percent beer in the state. The move was part of a broader trend across the country towards the repeal of Prohibition.

5. In 1994, the Red River flood reached its peak in Fargo-Moorhead, causing extensive damage and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. The flood was one of the worst in North Dakota history and spurred significant investment in flood control measures in the region.
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