North Dakota is known as a place to be depressed. Theodore Roosevelt went there after his wife died. Late January is a horrible time. Cabin fever has attacked too many people to mention.
Individuals can't make it in North Dakota. Surviving a winter one needs companionship and the lack of choices for companionship forces everyone to be tolerant of each other. Communities can feel the waves of even the smallest feud.
Everyone knows everyone if not by name, then by trial. Making it through the harshest winter in the continental 48 binds the people together without words, without the satisfaction of sharing the accomplishment. Only with the pain of fighting nature from October to March, year after year.