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Published August 02, 2013, 08:51 PM

Iceland Prime Minister visits North Dakota

The Prime Minister of Iceland arrived in North Dakota today for the 114th Annual Icelandic Celebration.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The Prime Minister of Iceland arrived in North Dakota today for the 114th Annual Icelandic Celebration. The event takes place in Mountain, ND and is called "August the Deuce". The Prime Minister was asked to be the keynote speaker. This is the first time the Prime minister has ever been to North Dakota and it's also the first time he's attended this celebration.

August the Deuce is the Icelandic equivalent of July 4th, a celebration of independence. In the past, four previous prime ministers have attended the the festival, which is the oldest ethnic festival in North Dakota and also the largest Icelandic ethnic event in the country. Icelanders from all over the U.S., Canada, and Iceland all come to the event and celebrate. The Prime Minister was welcomed into the state by the official ambassador from North Dakota to Iceland and the President of the Icelandic Community Association. The Prime Minister says he's incredibly honored to have been asked to be the keynote speaker and is excited to see the festival. The Prime Minister will give his keynote speech Saturday at 2 PM.

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