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North Dakota bridles at neighbor's Capitol insult

April 20, 2012
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photo - This photo, taken Thursday, April 19, 2012, shows the North Dakota Capitol tower behind a large stone identifying sign. The Republican majority leader of the Minnesota House on Thursday described the North Dakota Capitol building, which is located in Bismarck, N.D., as "embarrassing" and compared it to an insurance office. His remarks came during debate in the Minnesota Legislature in St. Paul, Minn., about whether to set aside money for repairs to the Minnesota Capitol. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel) Photo by
This photo, taken Thursday, April 19, 2012, shows the North Dakota Capitol tower behind a large stone identifying sign. The Republican majority leader of the Minnesota House on Thursday described the North Dakota Capitol building, which is located in Bismarck, N.D., as "embarrassing" and compared it to an insurance office. His remarks came during debate in the Minnesota Legislature in St. Paul, Minn., about whether to set aside money for repairs to the Minnesota Capitol. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel) Photo by  

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's governor has bitten back at a Minnesota lawmaker who compared his state's Depression-era Capitol building to an insurance office, calling the critic ignorant of classic architecture.

The Capitol in Bismarck was built during the 1930s with a plain concrete and stone exterior, ostensibly to keep costs down.

In a Thursday debate on funding for renovations to the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota Republican House majority leader Matt Dean said North Dakota's Capitol is "embarrassing" and resembles a State Farm Insurance building.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple isn't impressed.

Dalrymple describes the Capitol in Bismarck as a classic example of Chicago skyscraper design and says people who don't appreciate it don't know much about architecture.

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