Bismarck, ND … We’re Comin’ For Ya!!

If you are in Bismarck, North Dakota, or anywhere in the vicinity for that matter, it’s time to grab a pen and Bis-mark your calendar for March 17-18! RMSP instructors Tim Cooper and Doug Johnson will be taking ND by storm for another stop on our 2012 Photo Weekends tour. As of this posting, there are still seats available.

If you are anything like me, your North Dakota knowledge is a bit rusty (aka: it never existed). So, I thought it would be helpful to pepper this pre-Bismarck post with some ND trivia. If you learn something here, feel free to use these nuggets of knowledge at your next cocktail party, social gathering or in everyday conversation to impress people with your worldliness. Their jaws will drop.

(Disclaimer: I did 0.0 minutes of personal research on these facts. If they are inaccuratte, I apologize to our readers and everyone in North Dakota…and I blame the internet)


• North Dakota passed a bill in 1987 making English the official state language.
• Milk is the official state beverage.
• Max G. Taubert of Casselton built a 50-foot high pyramid of empty oil cans. It is believed to be the highest oil can structure in the world.
• North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.
• In 1982 Rutland hosted what was considered the grand daddy of all celebrations when the town went into the “Guinness Book of World Records” with the cooking and eating of the World’s Largest Hamburger. That year, between 8 and 10 thousand people came to sample the tasty 3591 pound burger.
• In 2011, the estimated population of the entire state was 683,932.

Well, there you go! Now you can show up at the Bismarck Weekend armed with plenty o’ North Dakota knowledge.

And, if you’re interested in keeping your focus – pun intended – on photography after the Photo Weekend, consider joining one of the active photography groups below in North Dakota. What better way to stay active yourself than by being connected with like-minded enthusiasts?!

BisMan Photo
Fargo Moorhead Camera Club
Minot Camera Club
Minot Smugmug Meetup Group
Upper Missouri Camera Club

Join us for the Bismarck Photo Weekend on March 17-18, 2012. Also, consider furthering your education with our Foundation WorkshopLightroom for Photographers in Billings, MT with instructor David Marx.