The rest of the 49 states have a lot to thank the state of North Dakota for. It is known as the breadbasket of the world for our production of food and agriculture alone, and there are tons of other things everyone else has the Peace Garden state to appreciate for. It’s definitely not a place to take for granted, and here are 10 reasons why.
1. North Dakota is known as the breadbasket of the world.
North Dakota provides most of the nation's durum wheat that goes into things like bread and pasta noodles. Without this state's wheat, we'd be a lot shorter on these things and more, both of which are a huge part of cuisine from all over the place.
2. And North Dakota provides tons of other agriculture, too.
North Dakota is number one in production for a lot of things, like sunflowers, honey, lentils, and canola, just to name a few.
3. Lots of oil and other forms of energy.
The oil boom in the state is providing the nation with tons of domestic oil, and that's not all. There is a huge amount of coal under the surface in the state and cleaner energy sources like wind energy and hydroelectric energy are also widely present.
4. Conservation of the American bison.
Due to overhunting, the American bison was nearly wiped out entirely. Theodore Roosevelt, however, wanted to save the species and kept them preserved, using mostly herds from North Dakota and focusing on reintroducing the species there. And speaking of Theodore Roosevelt...
5. Theodore Roosevelt's presidency.
Theodore Roosevelt was a very influential president, earning a spot on Mt. Rushmore, and he would have never even run if it had not been for the time he spent in North Dakota. He was a New York native but absolutely fell in love with the prairies and the people living there.
6. Bobcat equipment and machinery.
Bobcat construction equipment is sold all over the world and is headquartered and originated right here in North Dakota.
7. A household name at bath time - Mr. Bubble.
Did you know that on August 30th, 2011, the state of North Dakota had a government sanctioned holiday known as Mr. Bubble Day? This was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the product, which was invented and founded in North Dakota. The bubble bath solution was and still is hugely popular and was one of the first affordable bubble bath products in the market. Before it existed, bubble baths were considered a luxury.
8. A dent in the national unemployment rate.
North Dakota has consistently ranked with the lowest unemployment and the most jobs created for years. Thousands of people have the job opportunities in this state to be thankful for.
9. Some famous names in entertainment.
Celebrities like Peggy Lee, Lawrence Welk, and Josh Duhamel all were born and raised in North Dakota.
10. Cream of Wheat.
This well-known breakfast meal originated in a wheat mill in Grand Forks, North Dakota, created by the mill workers themselves. It is now a staple breakfast item all over the nation.
North Dakota will continue to be a beacon of productivity and the birthplace of many great things and good people. Thank you, North Dakota!