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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 36, September 3, 2006, Article 16

CROWD FLIPS OVER NORTH DAKOTA QUARTER

The above headline is from the Bismarck Tribune, which covered
the introduction ceremonies for the new North Dakota state quarter:

"The Bismarck Civic Center might have been the hardest place to ask
a bystander for change for a dollar on Wednesday, even though there
were enough quarters there to overflow several vending machines.

Some of the only people swapping quarters for cash were workers helping
the U.S. Mint sell thousands of shiny new North Dakota quarters adorned
with two grazing bison, the Badlands and a sunset.

Officials estimated that 3,400 people came to the event, which
included music, appearances by dignitaries and a history lesson."

“What an energetic crowd,” Medora Musical singer Levi Andrist said.
“Those kids screaming was just like at a Class B basketball tournament.”

Many schoolchildren took field trips to the event, including Erik
Hruby, an eighth-grader at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Bismarck."

"There also was an appearance by the 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt,
who was played by interpreter Clay Jenkinson.

Speaking as Roosevelt, Jenkinson said he spent a lot of time in the
Badlands between 1883 and 1887 and even shot a buffalo in the Badlands.

“It was here that the romance of my life began,” Jenkinson said.

Gov. John Hoeven told the audience that Wednesday would be a day they
will always remember and will tell their kids about."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

To view photos and a video of the event, see: Full Story

[Don't miss the picture of the person in a Buffalo suit! -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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