We blogged about this statistic when it came out, but I couldn't find the RJ thread on it.
Thanks for that link! But it really doesn't give a lot of concrete examples of North Dakota corruption, except to say that they're good at "rooting it out."
Having lived there for 11 years, I can promise you the people themselves are scrupulously honest. This is a place where you don't lock your car, or usually even your front door. In fact, many people leave their unlocked cars running outside with the key in the ignition when it's 20-below as they're out shopping.
That pic in the link, BTW, is of the state capitol in Bismarck. A remarkable achievement for such a small state in population (640k), a treasure of simplified Federal Deco style from 1934 (a variant of art deco), with Senate & House chambers to die for. Marred a few years ago by the addition of an ugly Judicial Wing to the right.
Below is another exterior view of the State Capitol, and an interior of the House Chamber. Following are links to 360 views of the House, the Senate, the Legislative Hall between the 2 chambers (which are on either side, the entrance foyer at the far end), and the State Supreme Court, respectively. Surprisingly sophisticated architecture for a little farm state. (HINT: the high-tilt views are wonderful)http://www.realnd.com/capitolinterior7.htmhttp://www.realnd.com/capitolinterior11.htmhttp://www.realnd.com/capitolinterior8.htmhttp://www.realnd.com/capitolinterior12.htm