North Dakota's oldest resident celebrates 112th birthday

Clarabell Grandma "D" Demers says all it takes is four ounces of red wine a day.

Clarabell Demers holds up her birthday sign outside her room at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton.
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GRAFTON, N.D. — The state of North Dakota celebrated its 133rd birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

On Thursday, Clarabell Demers celebrated her 112th birthday at the Lutheran Sunset Home.

Better known as Grandma "D," she's the oldest person in North Dakota, 14th oldest in the U.S, and 41st oldest in the world.

Williams Howard Taft was president when she was born.

The Titanic was still being built.


She credits four ounces of red wine a day for living a long, healthy life.

Grandma "D" has 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren, plus one on the way.

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