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Minnesota leaders aim to redesign state flag

The state's flag offends many and violates modern design principles


February 6, 2023

Mohamed Ibrahim, Associated Press

The Minnesota state flag is seen as displayed in the State Capitol rotunda on March 24, 2022.

A pioneer plows a field, his rifle propped against a nearby stump, as a Native American man on horseback rides toward a setting sun against a backdrop of St. Anthony Falls and pines. A banner proclaiming "L'Etoile du Nord" waves over the scene, which is encircled in lady slippers and key dates.

There's a lot packed into the seal at the center of Minnesota's state flag, including a painful reminder for many Indigenous Minnesotans.

Legislators have long contemplated an overhaul of the flag to bring it in line with the simple, bold designs of states such as Colorado and Maryland. But 2023 appears likely to be the year they jump-start that work, creating a committee to come up with Minnesota's new emblem.


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