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Minnesota DNR to challenge appeals court ruling on renaming Lake Calhoun Bde Maka Ska


Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

The state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr lacked authority to change the name of the lake from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will challenge a state appeals court decision invalidating the renaming of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, the agency said Wednesday.

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said the Walz administration will petition the Minnesota Supreme Court this month to reverse a state Court of Appeals ruling that her agency did not have legal authority to change the south Minneapolis lake's name last year. The court held that only the Legislature, not the DNR, can change a lake name that's been in use for more than 40 years.


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