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5 Fun Facts About May 13 In North Dakota History

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1. The town of Minot was founded on May 13, 1886. A tent was set up on the banks of the Mouse River by a railroad construction crew and the town sprung up from there.

2. In 1934, a dust storm in North Dakota was so severe on May 13 that it blocked out the sun all day. Farmers were unable to work and schools had to be canceled due to the conditions.

3. On May 13, 1945, the Bismarck Tribune ran a headline about President Harry Truman announcing the end of World War II in Europe. This news brought joy and celebration to North Dakotans who had lost loved ones in the conflict.

4. In 1997, the historic Wildrose School in McKenzie County was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 13. The school had been built in 1917 and was used until 1956.

5. On May 13, 2008, a tornado hit the town of Northwood, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses. Despite the destruction, no one was killed or seriously injured in the storm. The town has since rebuilt and recovered.
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