Flag feud pits VFW against MnDOT

After flying American flags for eight years over five highway overpasses, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has told the Palmer Lake VFW in Brooklyn Park to take them down, WCCO reports. For safety reasons, a state law forbids people from affixing objects to an overpass. But VFW officials say they should be able to fly the flag wherever they want.
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The Palmer Lake VFW in Brooklyn Park is battling the Minnesota Department of Transportation over whether the VFW can fly U.S. flags on highway overpases. State law prohibits attaching anything to overpasses for safety reasons. But VFW officials say they have done it for years with no problems.

A rally is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday on one of the bridges. WCCO has the story:

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