North Dakota May Not Be a State

Don’t look now, but you might have too many stars on that American flag. It turns out that North Dakota may not have crossed all its T's and dotted all its I's in the statehood process, with the result that it might still be a territory. The problem, according to 82-year-old John Rolczynski, is that the state constitution leaves out key passages about the executive branch that would put it in harmony with the federal Constitution. The flaw has been there since North Dakota was (supposedly) admitted to the Union as a state in 1889. After years of work—he began agitating for a fix in 1995—Rolczynski has convinced state Senator Tim Mathern to introduce a bill that would fix the wording. It will require North Dakota voters to approve the measure.