Rain Doesn’t Stop ND’s Statehood Celebration

North Dakota State Capitol


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A downpour didn’t keep North Dakotans from celebrating their state’s 125th anniversary.
The Bismarck Tribune reports North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Saturday unveiled the pen that President Benjamin Harrison used to sign the Dakotas into statehood in 1889. The pen was on display only for the day.
Dalrymple told the crowd that the state’s current economic success is rooted in North Dakota’s pioneer spirit, hard work, entrepreneurs and vision.
The newspaper reports hundreds gathered on the Capitol grounds hunkered down beneath umbrellas and makeshift raincoats as the downpour continued throughout the afternoon.
The 188th National Guard Quintet and Dakota Air were among the performers.
North Dakota’s true anniversary is Nov. 2, but organizers had hoped an August event would be more weather-friendly.

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