Lake of the Isles is a fantastic place to take a stroll or a drive and look at some fantastic holiday lights, but prepare for a display with an in-your-face political message if you go this Christmas.
A home on the northeast side of the Minneapolis lake has a display that spells out "TRUMP IS A TRAITOR," stacked in blue, green and red lights facing the lake.
According to the Star Tribune, the home and display belong to former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch, who told the newspaper that he's yet to receive any negative feedback about the lights and that he's "quite surprised" by how many people have stopped to give their approval.
And it's not like the display's statement is hard to spot. Not only is it very easy to see from a distance, but it's also facing busy walkways and bike paths adjacent to the lake, not to mention the oft-traveled road of Lake of the Isles Parkway East.
Hoch ran as a DFL candidate in the 2017 general election, but is arguably better known as the founding president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, who led the redevelopment of the State and Orpheum theaters on Hennepin Avenue.
He's also worked as a teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools
MSP Magazine profiled Hoch's home in summer 2017, noting that he bought it with Mark Addicks, former CMO of General Mills, in 2012. It was one of the first homes built on Lake of the Isles.
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