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5 Fun Facts About October 28 In North Dakota History

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1. In 2008, North Dakotans voted to establish a $400 million state-owned bank, the first of its kind in the United States. The Bank of North Dakota was created to serve as a "public bank" that would provide low-interest loans to businesses, farmers, and students.

2. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited North Dakota and delivered a speech in Elbowoods, where he highlighted the importance of public works projects in providing jobs during the Great Depression. Roosevelt's visit to North Dakota was part of a nationwide tour to promote the New Deal.

3. On October 28, 1919, North Dakota became the first state in the nation to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. The state's legislature had already approved the amendment earlier that year, but North Dakota's quick ratification helped pave the way for the amendment's eventual passage.

4. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians was established as a federally recognized tribe on October 28, 1970. The tribe is located in the northern part of North Dakota and is known for its traditional cultural practices, including powwows and crafts.

5. On October 28, 2006, North Dakota State University quarterback Steve Walker set a school record by throwing for 524 yards in a game against the University of South Dakota. Walker's performance helped lead the Bison to a 28-24 victory, and he was later named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
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