Posts Tagged ‘North Dakota’

Happy 128th Birthday, North Dakota!

On November 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed statehood proclamations for both North Dakota and South Dakota.

Because President Harrison “went to great lengths to obscure the order in which the statehood proclamations were signed, the exact order in which the two states entered is unknown. However, because of alphabetical position, North Dakota is often considered the 39th state.”

Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for “friend”.

Source:, State Facts, “Origin of the Name”

Image source: Britannica ImageQuest; Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey / Photo Researchers / Universal Images Group




50 States, 50 Novels

If you don’t have the time or money to visit our 50 nifty states, click on the link for another way to travel:

50 States, 50 Novels: A Literary Tour of the United States 

Be sure to check out the selection for North Dakota!

[Hint: It’s a book by the son of a recently retired librarian.]


The Man Who Bought North Dakota

Ryan Taylor, Democratic candidate for governor, mentioned an article, “The Man Who Bought North Dakota,”  in his acceptance speech at the 2012 North Dakota Dem-NPL State Convention in Grand Forks, March 16-18.  The article’s subtitle is: “How Wildcatter Harold Hamm Became the Biggest Winner in the Biggest American Oil Find Since Prudhoe Bay.”

Interested in reading it?  You can find the full-text article online in our Business Source Premier database, or you can read it in the traditional print format at the BSC Library.

Gruley, Bryan. “THE MAN WHO BOUGHT NORTH DAKOTA.” Bloomberg Businessweek no. 4263 (January 23, 2012): 78-81. Business Source Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed March 20, 2012).   

Check it out!

Happy to Be in North Dakota!

I first heard this story on NPR this morning … here’s the full story from The New York Times:

The Happiest States of America: North Dakota on the Rise