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Marilyn Hagerty

THAT REMINDS ME: We could have been ‘Dakota’ (or ‘Manitscolda’)

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A great debate was brewing in North Dakota 25 years ago. It was over the proposal to drop the North and change the name of the state to Dakota.

There was a resolution sponsored by Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, in the 1989 legislative session. It called for Congress to shorten the name to Dakota.

Mathern said Dakota speaks of “what we are most proud — the wholesomeness, the hospitality of our people.

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