Grand Forks has a population of about 50,000 and is home to the University of North Dakota. Grand Forks AFB is home to the 319th Air Base Wing. It’s the only base in the nation selected to host aircraft systems that are piloted by remote control. The base is also located about 75 miles from Fargo, in the Red River Valley where two rivers meet.
Businessmen from Minot were largely responsible for the base being located there. Land used to build Minot AFB was purchased by the Chamber of Commerce and donated to the U.S. Government in 1955. The base was built two years later. Minot AFB is home to over 700 active duty officers and over 4,750 enlisted. There are about 6,100 family members and almost 850 civilian employees.
Units stationed at Minot AFB include the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing. Minot AFB is home to B-52H aircraft, which are still being used after the last planes were manufactured in the 1960’s. Minot is one of two bases in the U.S. flying B-52H planes. Minot AFB is proud to supply combat support when and where it’s needed.
North Dakota has two military installations, Grand Forks Air Force Base and Minot Air Force Base. Although Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota the capital is Bismark which is located on the banks of the Missouri River.
The sales tax rate in North Dakota is only five percent and they are one of the few states that do not tax the food you buy to prepare at home. North Dakota’s unemployment rate is only 3.2 percent, the lowest in the US.
A North Dakota ranks 48th in population. There are four Indian Reservations which are all unique in that they have their own government and create their own laws.
For entertainment most people in North Dakota like hiking, hunting, boating, camping, snowmobiling and ice fishing. The most visited parks in North Dakota are the Badlands and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
North Dakota is on the border of Canada which is why the climate is typically cold. The temperatures in winter have been known to drop down below zero on a regular basis and it averages 20 inches or more of snowfall a year.