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West St. Paul city councilman defends his confederate flag

Ed Hansen told the Pioneer Press the flag hanging from his deck represents individual rights and free speech. He says he isn't concerned the flag is considered a controversial symbol because he isn't racist. The Mayor isn't aware of any complaints, but has asked Hansen to take it down.
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Ed Hansen told the Pioneer Press the flag hanging from his deck represents individual rights and free speech. He says he isn't concerned the flag is considered a controversial symbol because he isn't racist. The Mayor isn't aware of any complaints, but has asked Hansen to take it down.

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