On a recent hot summer day in BisMan, Scott McGowan posted that it sure would be nice to be friends with someone who has a pontoon. His story inspired me to think of other types of friends people need to have in North Dakota. And there are all kinds of friends we could use in this state!

North Dakota is a pretty friendly place, and many people will be there for you in your time of need. But it kind of pays off to have some true friends with "benefits" when you live in this state. Check out some of the types of friends everyone in North Dakota needs:

14 Types of Friends You Need in North Dakota

How many of these people do you have in your friend group?

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