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We've prefaced the fact on our front page, but want to reiterate again that Daylight Saving Time is drawing to a close and Daylight Standard Time is resuming on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m., so everyone should be reminded to move your clocks back one hour.

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Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time was adjusted to begin each year at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March, and Standard Time each year at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November, as an energy saving move established by the Energy Policy Act.

As a bit of history, during the "energy crisis" years, Congress enacted earlier starting dates for daylight time. In 1974, daylight time began on January 6, and in 1975 it began on February 23. After those two years, the starting date reverted back to the last Sunday in April. In 1986, a law was passed that shifted the starting date of daylight time to the first Sunday in April, beginning in 1987. The ending date of daylight time was not subject to such changes, and remained the last Sunday in October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed both the starting and ending dates; and beginning in 2007, daylight time started on the second Sunday in March and ended on the first Sunday in November.

Also worthy of noting is the fact that today, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, marks a huge day in the history of the state as North Dakota turns 122 years old.  The state will celebrate its 125th Anniversary of Statehood in 2014. 

In 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state admitted to the union when President Harrison signed the Proclamation of Admission for North Dakota and South Dakota. The process towards statehood began on Feb. 22, 1889, when President Cleveland signed the Enabling Act. Then, on October 1 of that year, the state's voters approved its new constitution. Out of 35,548 votes cast, 77% of the voters voted in favor of statehood.

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