A Georgia woman insists she didn't purposely put North Dakota last on her list when she decided to visit all 50 states, but it gave her entrance into an exclusive club.
Susan Herman Alou on Friday received the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Best for Last" certificate, an award the agency created in 2012 to honor people who make North Dakota their final destination in the U.S.
The bureau has handed out about 150 certificates.
Alou, who turned 79 on Friday, told The Forum newspaper that making North Dakota her 50th stop was a coincidence.
"It just worked out that way," she said. "But, I wasn't really in a hurry to visit North Dakota, either."
Alou, a retired accountant, and a friend, Vicki Ward, arrived in Fargo on Thursday. They told the newspaper they were surprised by the size of the city, the modern appeal and the number of things to do.
"Fargo-Moorhead, in general, is usually a surprise," said bureau CEO and President Charley Johnson
The bureau does not advertise the Best for Last award, but it has spread by word of mouth. Those who receive the certificate are featured on the bureau's Facebook page under the Best for Last Club.