ND gov bridles at Minn lawmaker's Capitol insult

AP News
Posted: Apr 20, 2012 6:07 AM
ND gov bridles at Minn lawmaker's Capitol insult

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple isn't pleased by a Minnesota lawmaker's comparison of the North Dakota Capitol to an insurance office.

Minnesota Republican House majority leader Matt Dean mentioned North Dakota on Thursday during debate in St. Paul about whether to pay for renovations to Minnesota's Capitol.

North Dakota's Capitol was built during the Depression in the 1930s. Lawmakers wanted to keep costs down and the building has a plain concrete and stone exterior.

Dean called the North Dakota Capitol "embarrassing" and said it resembles a State Farm insurance building.

Dalrymple says he thinks the Capitol is "one of the most pleasing in the United States." He says it's a classic example of Chicago skyscraper design and that people who don't appreciate it haven't studied much architecture.