The North Dakota Tourism Division is basing much of its 2016 campaign around actor Josh Duhamel, a North Dakota native.
In print advertising, on TV talk shows, on the cover of the state travel guide and on the internet, Duhamel is seen visiting his home state and talking about his favorite places to visit and favorite things to do in North Dakota.
Duhamel, of course, lives in southern California with his wife, Stacie Ann Ferguson (better known as Fergie, from the Black Eyed Peas), and their son. But Duhamel, who was born and reared in Minot, and attended Minot State University, has kept in touch with his home state.
Asked in one ad for his favorite things to do in North Dakota, Duhamel responded, “Beside pushing hay bales, it’s seeing family and friends, spending time at Lake Metigoshe, driving to Fargo to see my dad, and stopping in small towns I have never been to and grabbing a beer with locals.”
And if you don’t believe him, there is a series of promotional videos on YouTube showing Duhamel driving, biking and hiking across North Dakota.
To film the videos, “We spent eight days going across the state, seeing things I had never seen before,” Duhamel said on the Today Show. “It’s beautiful. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the country.” Read the rest of this entry »