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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In North Dakota History

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1. The Northern Pacific Railroad completed its tracks across North Dakota on November 13, 1883, connecting the eastern and western parts of the state for the first time.

2. On November 13, 1934, the Liberty Memorial Building was dedicated in Bismarck. The building was constructed to honor veterans and house the North Dakota State Historical Society.

3. In 1974, the North Dakota Highway Patrol began using helicopters to patrol the state's highways. The first helicopter was put into service on November 13 of that year.

4. November 13, 1997, marked the opening of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. The arena is home to the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey team and has hosted numerous NCAA ice hockey championships.

5. North Dakota native and former US Secretary of State Warren Christopher was born on November 13, 1925, in Scranton. Christopher served as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, and prior to that, he held several high-level positions in government and law.
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