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Published October 24 2010

North Dakota Political Notebook: Emmer uses ND in Minnesota campaign ad

BISMARCK – It’s a picture that’s been circulating for weeks, and North Dakota state government leaders love passing it along.

The photo shows a billboard for Minnesota Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer that states, “Don’t lose another job to North Dakota. Tom Emmer for governor.”

Minnesota Republican Party Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb said the point is to say that Minnesota will “experience a mass exodus” if Mark Dayton is elected governor.

People will leave for other states, like North Dakota, that have a “much more business-friendly tax environment,” he said.

Media reports have also shown “Don’t lose another job to South Dakota” campaign signs.

Dayton deputy campaign manager Katie Tinucci said businesses locate and grow in Minnesota for many reasons, like good schools, infrastructure and quality of life.

“In the past, Minnesota has had a progressive tax rate, and we saw great increases in job growth and businesses locating and expanding here,” she said. “Businesses consider many other factors besides the tax rate when choosing where to locate.”

Regardless of Minnesota politics, North Dakota will take the attention.

“From my perspective, we’re a little flattered that Minnesota has noticed that we have a strong business climate and a strong economy, and they want to be more like us,” Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle said.

Legislative week ahead

Two legislative committees are scheduled to meet this week at the state capitol.

Lawmakers will hear the final report of the classified state employee compensation system project and how other states provide for salary increases for elected officials. They will also listen to a presentation from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs regarding the accreditation process for county veterans’ service officers.

Full agendas can be found at www.legis.nd.gov/council/interim/meetings.

Pride of Dakota council

The Pride of Dakota Advisory Council will meet from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Discussion topics include holiday showcases, Dickinson Harvest Showcase, Pride of Dakota Wine Initiative, Pride of Dakota recruitment, the mobile food processing unit, legislative issues and Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day.

For more information, call Sara Kelsch at (701) 328-4766.

8 over 80 update

Thank you to all who submitted nominations for 8 over 80. We received 119 nominations and will begin the impossible task of narrowing that to eight. Be sure to watch for the series Thanksgiving week.


Teri Finneman is a multimedia reporter for Forum Communications Co.