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Published March 18, 2011, 03:09 PM

Senate Adopts ND Latin Motto

Some say Latin is a dead language, but a Latin phrase prompted a lively debate in the North Dakota Senate on Friday.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some say Latin is a dead language, but a Latin phrase prompted a lively debate in the North Dakota Senate on Friday.

Senators voted to approve a new Latin motto for the state. It is "Serit ut alteri saeclo prosit," (SARE'-it ut AL'-tur-ee CY'-cloh PRO'-sit).

In English it means, "One sows for the benefit of another age."

A group of Fargo high school Latin students lobbied for the motto. Fargo Sen. Tim Flakoll (FLAH'-kol) says it captures North Dakota's agricultural heritage.

But some senators say the Legislature has been wasting time with less important bills that offer civics lessons to students.

Hazen Sen. Randy Christmann says the job of the Legislature is to make policy.

Senators approved the Latin motto 34-10. The bill now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

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