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MATTERS AT HAND: Insult the state, but not the Capitol building

Published 04/28/2012, Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota has absorbed a couple of insults in the past couple of weeks, one of them trivial and one of them hurtful. The suggestion that North Dakota is “the worst place on earth” (made in a movie called “The Five-Year Engagement”) is easy to shrug off. Probably nobody who lives here thinks it, and if anybody did, they could go somewhere else and find out that it’s not true. The suggestion that North Dakota’s Capitol building is architecturally lacking: Well, that one stings a bit.

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