Dr. Rachael M. Welder

From the Prairie to the City...

North Dakota

A: They build ridiculously large outdoor animal sculptures.

  1. The official ND state dance is the square dance.

  2. The official ND state beverage is milk.

  3. Rutland ND is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for cooking and eating the World's Largest Hamburger, at 3,591 pounds.

  4. The highest point in ND is a 3,506-foot pile of rock in White Butte, originally formed by sheepherders as a way to pass the time while tending their flocks.

  5. Turtle Lake ND is the home of the annual US Turtle Racing Championship.

  6. North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

Q: What happens when people have more space than they know what to do with?

  1. Even though ND holds 3 spots among the 10 coldest US cities, it is a common misconception that it is cold there year round

  2. Bismarck is the 9th coldest US city with an average annual temperature of only 41.3 degrees

  3. ND also holds 3 spots among the 10 US cities with the largest annual temperature variation (change in average temperature between summer and winter)

  4. Bismarck is 8th with 86.1 degrees of variation

  5. In fact, ND is on both the lists: “All-time Hottest US temperatures” (at 121 degrees) AND “All-time Coldest US temperatures” (at -60 degrees)


I was born and raised in Bismarck, the state capitol of North Dakota.  Pictured below is the state capitol building, the tallest building in the entire state at 19-stories.

Area - 70,704 square miles (the 17th largest US state)

Population - 636, 677 (the 48th most populous US state)

Population Density - 9.23 people per square mile (NYC = 26,403 people

  1. per square mile)

Major Industries - farming (wheat, barley, oats, flaxseed), cattle,

  1. mining (lignite, soft coal), electrical power generation

Topography - extremely flat

Area Code - 701 (for the entire state)

  1. For more (oh yes, there’s more) visit:

  2. http://www.realnd.com/giantsofnd.htm

  1. World's Largest Holstein Cow

  2. “Salem Sue”

  3. Location: New Salem, ND

  4. Dimensions: 38 ft x 50 ft

  5. Weight: 12,000 lbs.

  6. Material: Fiberglass

  1. World's Largest Buffalo

  2. Location: Jamestown, ND

  3. Dimensions: 26 ft x 46 ft

  4. Weight: 60 tons

  5. Material: concrete

  1. World's Largest Sandhill Crane

  2. Location: Steele, ND

  3. Height: 40 ft

  4. Weight: 4.5 tons

  5. Material: sheet metal

  1. World's Largest Catfish

  2. Location: Wahpeton, ND

  3. Dimensions: 40 ft x 12 ft

  4. Weight: 5,000 lbs.

  5. Materials: Fiberglass

  1. World's Largest Turtle

  2. Location: Dunseith, ND

  3. Dimensions: 18 ft x 40 ft

  4. Material: Over 2,000 steel wheel rims

Other Interesting Facts

The Best Reason to Go There...

Just look at how excited these people are!