BISMARCK — North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Tuesday, Nov. 5, unveiled the state's latest Blue Book, a compendium of North Dakota history, facts and statistics.

Jaeger presented Gov. Doug Burgum with a ceremonial first copy of the state's 33rd edition Blue Book. The governor called the book "a treasure trove" of information about the state.

"There's an abundance of information here about everything North Dakota, and I think it strengthens our sense of place and instills pride in our people and our community and our state," Burgum said.

Work to write and publish the book began in the summer of 2018. More than 70 volunteers provided information.

The 2019-21 North Dakota Blue Book's featured chapter highlights the state's aviation history, including its burgeoning unmanned aircraft systems industry. Matt Dunlevy, president and CEO of Grand Forks-based UAS company SkySkopes, called North Dakota "the capital of the UAS world" for its development of the technology.

The new book also contains an almanac chapter recognizing the centennials of the Bank of North Dakota and Workforce Safety & Insurance. United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, is featured in the book's final chapter.

Jaeger noted North Dakota as "middle-aged" compared to America's original 13 colonies but with a rich history nonetheless.

"To be a leader in energy, to being No. 1 in a bunch of agricultural products, we've really come a long ways in our 130 years," he said.

The 2019-21 North Dakota Blue Book is available for $20 from the museum store at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Orders can be made online at

Eighteen previous editions are digitized online through the State Historical Society of North Dakota website.

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