A while back The Happy Rock wrote a post called “40 acres and a mule: free land still available in the US.” It describes how in Kansas and North Dakota there are some programs that still give land away, much like the old homestead days.
Normally you won’t hear me say too many good things about North Dakota. As a resident of South Dakota, I’m hard pressed to name anything good coming out of North Dakota besides Hwy 281(I stole that line from Tom Brokaw (former South Dakotan)).
But I feel I must tread carefully. After all I don’t want to upset any of the North Dakotans who can actually read, so I’ll quit poking fun of them before it’s too late.
It pains me to say this, but North Dakota has a lot going for it.
Their economy is doing great. They have a budget surplus and an unemployment rate under 5%.
I first remember seeing this back in June on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brian:
Then in August I heard this report on the NPR show Marketplace.
And then just the other day this was on Fox News (so it must be true):
They must be up to something up there, because I see this commercial on my TV almost every night:
So there you have it, if you need a job, move to North Dakota and you’ll be “whistling while you work” in no time.
Until next time,