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With the launch of North Dakota’s new tourism campaign earlier this week, came distinct attention around one ad. The ad, which depicted a girls-night out on the town, caused a bit of a social media stir yesterday when it became widely shared and commented on.

We support North Dakota Tourism’s efforts to promote our state’s nightlife and fun atmosphere and think their response is worth reading: http://legendarynd.wordpress.com/

Sometimes even the best, well-intentioned things can be misinterpreted. It is the beauty of us all having our own opinion. As an Ambassador of North Dakota, whether you like the ad or not, I know we can all agree that North Dakota is still a fun place to have an evening out.

North Dakota is definitely diverse, and we loved LegendaryND’s recent blog on what’s going on below the surface. Check out their posting below – used with their permission of course!

You could probably say that North Dakotans are good at keeping secrets. The state has often been called a “best kept secret” in reference to beautiful scenery, fun attractions, awesome fishing, hunting and more. Some of the most impressive secrets in North Dakota are the ones found underground.

It’s in the news today that oil production is expanding in ND. Currently there are 102 active rigs and 4,500 producing wells in North Dakota. The state currently ranks 4th in the nation in crude oil production – at 250,000 barrels a day. Interested in oil facts and figures? The North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck has a cool model depicting the drilling process and depths of the wells and the type of oil that’s found in the Bakken Formation.

While North Dakota’s #4 ranking in oil production may surprise you – the next underground secret might even unnerve you.

During the Cold War, it was no secret that Minuteman Missiles were positioned throughout the northern U.S. Decades later, the types of missile may have changed – but they’re still here. North Dakota has two of the four air force bases with control over 530 Minuteman III Missiles. It’s unknown the exact location or number of the missiles in North Dakota but a guess would put about 265 here. This modern military history can be explored at the new Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown. Oscar Zero was the code-name for this specific mission control. Travelers can visit the facility and even go underground to see where those infamous keys could have synchronized to launch a nuclear warhead.

Don’t let North Dakota be a “best kept secret” any longer.

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