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Update: Another North Dakota building attack in the Minnesota Legislature

Rep. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake chats on the telephone in an undated photo during a break in Minnesota House activity. Tribune photo by Don Davis

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota leaders apparently cannot stop their North Dakota attacks.

Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, asked during a Monday night committee meeting if the proposed Vikings stadium could be compared to "The Box," as the Fargodome is known.

"I think it is going to be a little better than 'The Box' in Fargo," Chairman Ted Mondale of the Sports Facilities Commission responded.

Almost before Mondale finished his one sentence about the Fargo, N.D., facility, Ways and Means Chairwoman Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville jumped in: "I think we should refrain from comments about buildings in North Dakota."

Laugher that followed proved everyone knew what she meant.

A comment last week by Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, called North Dakota's skyscraper Capitol embarrassing, which prompted North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to call his Capitol "one of the most pleasing Capitol buildings in the United States, and I have seen several of them myself."

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.