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Published January 13, 2012, 09:32 AM

ND tourism director: Ad wasn't meant to be racy

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's tourism director says an ad that showed two young men ogling a group of women on a Fargo sidewalk wasn't meant to be provocative.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's tourism director says an ad that showed two young men ogling a group of women on a Fargo sidewalk wasn't meant to be provocative.

The ad was yanked from the state tourism department's Facebook page after it got dozens of complaints late Thursday.

It showed two young men sitting in the lounge of the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. They're looking out the window at a group of three young women who are smiling back at them.

The text of the ad says: "Drinks, dinner, decisions. Arrive a guest. Leave a legend."

Tourism director Sara Otte Coleman says the ad was meant to showcase North Dakota's nightlife. She says it wasn't intended to be sexually suggestive.

Coleman says plans to use the ad in magazines have been dropped.

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