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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota is promoting its business climate at Minnesota’s expense, and some politicians are not happy about it.

The Greater North Dakota Chamber has created billboards that mock proposals in the Minnesota Legislature, including bills that would raise certain taxes.

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.

Moorhead City Council member Mark Hintermeyer says he considers the message unproductive and confrontational and wants the sign taken down immediately.

North Dakota Chamber President Andy Peterson says one of the objectives of the campaign is to help Minnesota improve its business environment. He says that would benefit the entire region.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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