Minnesota lawmakers are considering honoring Prince by making the state color purple, which today prompted a colleague to ask what North Dakota’s state color should be.
My first instinct was to say it should be blue, even though North Dakota has states on either side that seem to be more into blue–Minnesota itself (the 10,000 lakes) and Montana (Big Sky). But we do still have a lot of sky here and more than a few lakes and marshes.
Then I thought about what North Dakota is known for–farming, agriculture and soils. Maybe we could dig up some very typical North Dakota soil and use that as a color? There are some very lovely, rich brown colors out there.
Of course, there’s always green, but North Dakota isn’t particularly green, especially not compared to southwest Minnesota, where my parents live.
A lot of North Dakota’s crops are gold anyway.
Perhaps that’s the answer–North Dakota’s state color could be gold, the color of its small grain crop. It’s a warm color that denotes richness, but also ties into our agriculture nicely. Since North Dakota turns into a beautiful golden mosaic every fall, I think gold might be the best option for us.
What do you think?