If Purple Becomes Minnesota’s State Color, What Should North Dakota’s Be?

Enger Tower in Duluth was washed with purple light in remembrance of the rock star Prince who died Thursday, April 21, at the age of 57 at his Chanhassen home. Clint Austin / Forum News Service
Enger Tower in Duluth was washed with purple light in remembrance of the rock star Prince who died Thursday, April 21, at the age of 57 at his Chanhassen home. Clint Austin / Forum News Service

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.

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Browns

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?

10 Responses

  1. J.C. Elliott

    Black, where else do you go to find “black soil” the richest in the world – the reason our ancestors settled there.

  2. Jeff

    I like gold for ND due to the grain as you mentioned, UND and NDSU both have gold as their secondary (as do the MN Vikings — purple needs it’s gold compliment, right?), and for Western ND’s black gold.

    1. I don’t think UND does, actually–it’s kelly green and white as far as I can tell. If you go back far enough, prairie rose may have been a thing, and the hockey team has a set of really nice black jerseys as well. But I think gold is more of an NDSU/Bison thing.

      I think UND is awesome enough to accept gold as an ND state color anyway, though. It has some rivalry with NDSU, but seems more than secure enough in itself to generously say “Oh yes, gold makes sense.”

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