This We had a few local and county measures on the ballot this month. The list was short compared to what the voters decided on back in 1920.
There were requirements for audits of the Industrial Institutions twice a year and changes to the way teacher certification was handled.
In all 10 measures were voted on. Some dealt with politics and others dealt with entertainment.
Voters passed a law to allow baseball games on Sundays while they continued the ban on movies on Sunday. They also continued the prohibition on the sale of readymade cigarettes. It wasn’t a prohibition on smoking. The voters just kept up the requirement that tobacco users continue to use cigars, pipes or roll their own.
And one dealt with displays at public events.
There was an initiated measure to ban red and black flags from being displayed in parades or other public functions. The law allowed only the American Flag, the flags of any state and the flags of friendly foreign countries to be flown in public in North Dakota.
This was during the time that North Dakota was expanding some its government functions in areas that some felt were bordering on socialism. The North Dakota State Bank and the State Mill and Elevator were both thought by some to be something less than proper for our government.
I suppose they feared a red flag was the next step down that road.
The same law also prohibited any display that contained an anti-government inscription.
That may be why the voters approved the ban on red and black flags in parades in North Dakota. I don’t know if this law has ever been repealed.
The red flag law may or may not be still on the books. But the North Dakota State Bank and the Mill and Elevator are still around.
Some people credit them with tempering the problems of the latest financial crunch.
And they didn’t cause red flags to become prominent across North Dakota.
column ran in the June 29, edition of the Prairie Post