The Legislature refused to call a referendum to drop the "North" and rename the state Dakota, deciding North Dakota will be just as cold by any other name.
"Fixing the name to make us become the new Eden or Shangri-La is shortsighted," state Sen. Ray Holmberg argued during a half-hour debate before a packed Senate chamber."What do we do next legislative session? Our unique climate and our warm people will still be here."
The Senate voted 36-15 Tuesday to defeat a resolution that would have put the issue to voters in 1990. Had they approved, Congress would have been asked to allow the state to change its name.