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Published March 15, 2011, 09:53 PM

Governor signs bill making ladybug ND state insect

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (DAL’-rim-puhl) is taking the advice of some Kenmare second grade students. He signed legislation Tuesday that makes the ladybug North Dakota's state insect.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (DAL’-rim-puhl) is taking the advice of some Kenmare second grade students. He signed legislation Tuesday that makes the ladybug North Dakota's state insect.

The bill takes effect Aug. 1. Getting the honor for the ladybug was a class project for the Kenmare students.

During a Capitol ceremony on Tuesday, four of the second-graders presented ladybug T-shirts to Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple.

Gov. Dalrymple says the ladybug is a worthy state insect for North Dakota because it eats the aphid pests that can reduce wheat yields.

He says he's heard criticism that the bill is trivial, but he says it doesn't get in the way of important issues.

Dalrymple calls it a “good idea.”

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