The good life is a little different in Casselton.
We can hang our hat on offering the best of rural living, and we do. Focus on family and community, friendly neighbors, safe streets, an exceptional school system, churches of several denominations, arts and theater, thriving businesses …they’re all here. But there’s something more to Casselton. It’s a track record of accomplishment that makes people stop, scratch their heads and say, “There must be something in the water.” Our people simply do big things, and do them well. After all, five North Dakota governors have called Casselton home. But that’s just one example; here are a few more:
- In a recent North Dakota high school music competition, Central Cass High School students had more star ratings than other schools had entries.
- In one recent five-year stretch, either our boys Babe Ruth or our Legion baseball team won the state title each year.
- From 2000-2010, Casselton’s population grew by more than 25 percent. You don’t get that many more people and families unless you’re doing something right.
It’s also evident in our community’s can-do attitude. Individuals, businesses, civic groups and local government leaders are continuously working together to plan and build a better, stronger, more profitable tomorrow. And one more thing. Along with the small-town security and stability, we can tap into the excitement and variety of a thriving urban center whenever we want. Big-time sports, culture and night life are just 20 minutes away in Fargo-Moorhead, a community of nearly 200,000 with multiple colleges and universities, a symphony, opera, theaters, cafes, galleries, restaurants, shops and clubs. Casselton really is a big small town. And at the end of the day, it’s a magnificent place to live, work and raise a family.
Home of Five Governors
The Good Life is a Little Different in Casselton.
It’s something to be able to say your state’s governor once called your town home. Casselton can say it five times over, six if you count a governor who served twice. It’s a unique status in politics and governance, not just in North Dakota but across the United States. No other town in the state can say as much, and we’d be surprised if there was another community in the nation that could make the same claim. North Dakota governors who were born or lived in Casselton:
- Andrew Horace Burke (May 15, 1850-Nov. 17, 1918), North Dakota’s second governor, was in office from 1881 to 1892.
- William Langer (Sept. 30, 1886-Nov. 8, 1959), held the state’s highest office twice. He was North Dakota’s 17th governor from 1933 to 1934 and our 21st governor from 1937 to 1939.
- William Lewis Guy (born September 30, 1919), North Dakota’s 26th governor, served from 1961-1973.
- George Albert Sinner (born May 19, 1928), our 29th governor, served from 1985 to 1992.
- John “Jack” Dalrymple (born Oct. 16, 1948), became North Dakota’s 32nd governor on Nov. 4, 2010.
We honor all five of our governors in Governor’s Park with a tree and a bench dedicated to each. We call them “our governors” because, no matter which political party they represented, regardless of what they accomplished in office and aside from what they did or have gone on to do after leaving the capital, Casselton is where they started out.