Yesterday I was watching the 5 o'clock news and they were reporting about the big snow storm. Our local news anchor here in Monterey, California did not know that Bismarck was in NORTH Dakota! He said "oh, just call it Dakota!"
After a commercial break he returned, having had a geography lesson, with further information that school had been canceled, not due to snow, but due to the start of hunting season. Someone at the station talked to a ranger in Turtle Lake who said that the snow could make for a better hunting season. They were having a heyday with it!
Those of us who are from/or still live in North Dakota are very accustomed to people saying "you're from Dakota, (no north or south designation) aren't you?"
This is a fun quiz for testing state's location: http://www.pibmug.com/files/map_test.swf