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N.D. billboards meant to attract Minnesota consumers

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is promoting its business climate at Minnesota's expense.

The Greater North Dakota Chamber has created billboards that mock decisions made this session by the Minnesota Legislature, including bills that raise taxes on income and consumer products like tobacco, gas and beer.

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The first billboard went up Thursday along Interstate 94 in Moorhead, Minn., which is across the Red River from Fargo. It reads “NORTH DAKOTA” on the top line and “OPEN FOR BUSINESS” on the bottom.

Other billboards are planned throughout the summer.

Chamber President Andy Peterson says many state businesses should benefit from their neighbor's new laws and expects to see more Minnesota license plates in the parking lots of North Dakota stores.

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