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North Dakota Celebrates 125 Years

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This year is North Dakota's 125th anniversary.. and to celebrate, the capitol grounds are filled with music and other family activities.

Weather was not the best for this event but the rain did not dampen the spirit of North Dakotans as people have come prepared with tarps, umbrellas and rain jackets to enjoy the historic day.

"The strongest economy of all 50 states." Dalrymple

It's been 125 years and the spirit of North Dakota is as strong as ever.

"We are proud of North Dakotans, we are so proud of our state..." Hoeven

Despite being a very wet day, the celebration of North Dakota's 125th anniversary of becoming a state went on as scheduled.

Live music played throughout the day as locals broke out the umbrellas and rain gear to brave the elements.

A local man  who has lived in North dakota his whole life shared some of his favorite things about the state.

"Low Crime, a lot of friends, everybody gets along.  Good Fishing at Lake Sakakawea."

The weather was one thing that was not on his list of favorites for today but he said it wouldn't keep him from enjoying the event.

"Oh heavens no, man we will be here, it's good."

One of the scheduled musicians Randi Perkins opened up the day with his song "Dakota, I've not forgotten", a piece he wrote for the states 100'th anniversary.

"There is a spirit here, the land the small towns, the people, the community...

Perkins' was born here, but has made his home, playing music all over the country. But he says there is just something about North Dakota.

It's almost like a spiritual experience growing up here, and that was in my heart and I take it with me everywhere I go." says Randi Perkins

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