A controversy over placing American flags on freeway overpasses in Brooklyn Park appears to be resolved. On Friday, flags reappeared on streets over Highway 610.
Earlier this year MnDOT ordered the Palmer Lake VFW to take down flags because of safety concerns. MnDOT officials say it had nothing to do with patriotism. They were concerned the flags could come loose and become a hazard to traffic.
But on Friday, MnDOT changed course and replaced the flags citing numerous complaints from the public. The flags even carry tags that say property of the state of Minnesota.
MnDOT says it better that it put up the flags rather than a private organization, because it make sure the flags are secure. Former Palmer Lake VFW Commander Lee Ulferts says he is ecstatic about MnDOT's decision.
"It's exactly what the flag stands for, that democracy does work," he said.
In all, MnDOT will put up 11 flags over Highways 10, 252 and 610. It will also look into ways to light them at night to conform with flag etiquette. In addition, MnDOT will look into a process to address future flag requests.
Mike Johnson, reporting
July 20, 2012