A controversy seemed to be quelled last week after a VFW chapter complained that the Minnesota Department of Transportation was making it remove U.S. flags that the VFW had placed on highway bridges in Brooklyn Park, citing safety reasons. MnDOT officials agreed to affix the flags themselves. But at least one of the flags has no lighting. So MnDOT plans to light the flags, too, but it was not clear when, or how much it would cost, KSTP reports.
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Addressing controversy, MnDOT to put flags on metro bridges
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Friday that it will install U.S. flags on a number of bridges in the northwest Twin Cities metro area. The move comes after MnDOT faced numerous complaints from the public and a VFW in Brooklyn Park over the removal of flags illegally placed on bridges in the metro.
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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