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Dakota name will join signs, Lake Calhoun name remains


A popular lake in the Minneapolis chain may soon bear two names, at least on signs. A parks panel said “Bde Maka Ska,” the lake’s original name, will join the lake’s official name, Calhoun.

But the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board’s effort to honor the lake’s original name does not satisfy activists who called on the board in June to completely remove the current name, which they find offensive.

After a lengthy discussion about the history and relevance of the Calhoun name, the board voted Wednesday to add the signs but did not take action to officially rename the lake back to its older name. Six members voted to add the signs, two members were absent and board president Liz Wielinski abstained.


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