VFW upset with MnDOT after being ordered to remove American flags from overpasses

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Palmer Lake veterans feel like MnDOT is treading on them.
For eight years, the Palmer Lake VFW flew the stars and stripes on the Highway 610 overpass in Brooklyn Park. But in April, MnDOT ordered that the flag, along with four others, come down.

The reason? MnDOT cited a state statute that makes it illegal to "paint, print, place or affix any advertisement or object within the limits of a highway." Palmer Lake veterans complied with the order, but they're not happy and are planning a let-us-fly-the-flag-once-again rally this Sunday.

Lee Ulferts, former commander of the Palmer Lake VFW, told WCCO that he "was outraged, especially when the person called from MnDOT. I told him, 'Certainly we can make an exception for the American flag.' His reply was, 'What if somebody wanted to fly the Iraqi flag?'"

"For eight years, it's not been a distraction," Ulferts added.
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Reinhardt is organizing a pro-flag rally this weekend.


Sunday's rally -- scheduled to take place on overpasses along Highway 610 at Broadway, Zane, Regent, Noble, 85th Avenue North, and Highway 252 at 6 p.m. -- was organized by Andrew Reinhardt, a Gulf War veteran who is running for the Minnesota House this year as a Republican.

On his website, Reinhardt, who is running against DFL incumbent Melissa Hortman, writes that he believes in "freedom, liberty, and suburban values." He thinks "families must live within their means, and government needs to as well," adding that he's "fed up with the suburbs being abused as an ATM to fund inner-city projects and expensive toys like light rail lines and stadiums."

Regarding the flag issue, Reinhardt told WCCO that "the flag shouldn't come down, and if one flag has to come down, hopefully we can come back with hundreds." Indeed, according to Channel 12 News, an "unknown patriot" has already defied MnDOT and erected another American flag above one of the Brooklyn Park overpasses.

Channel 12 reports that veterans are working with state legislators in hopes of getting state statute changed to allow American flags above overpasses before next Memorial Day.

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East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

Well the people living outside of Minneapolis are the ones who are paying income taxes.  And yes, they are paying for the MN care, Medicaide, Assistance.  These are the people who stay in school, get a job, get married, have children, and take care of their children and set a good example.  As opposed to North Mpls, where 15 yr old baby mama's pump out 'troubled' children that turn into gang bangers. I just read an article in the Strib that said 67% of the people living on the 'North Side' receive government assistance.  Think these people are contributing? Somehow you have the idea that Mpls is a big happy, entertainment mecca, and we couldn't live without it. The hate filled vitrol you spew about the suburbs smacks of the same kind of violence as the Islamic Terrorists.  

Dr. J
Dr. J

Yeah what kind of unAmerican pussies is MnDot?  What do they think that all men are created equal or something?   It's like those dumb assholes think that Americans get equal rights and protection under the law.   Shouldn't the minority just be at the tyranny of the majority?   Doug, not only are you a coward but you are also an idiot.  No wonder you are a stupid racist that posts racist nonsense and right wing talking points on every story. 

Brian
Brian

Iraq? Why not? The current regime in Iraq has been designed with the hopes of becoming a neo-Conservative Valhalla. I'm quite surprised you're not there spreading the joy already.

Brian
Brian

Nope. That's true. But, recently they seem kill their own children with careful discrimination. This is an easy game to play isn't it? 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland

 Little confused, Only "White People" like freedom, liberty, quality of life, friendly neighbors?

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

I love that MNDOT comment: 'What if somebody wanted to fly the Iraqi flag?' Spoken like a true liberal where everything must be 'fair'.  A better answer is to tell them to go to Iraq and fly it over a freeway.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

A racial slur on White People?  Well at least they don't go around indescrimately shooting into homes and killing children.

Guest
Guest

 "freedom, liberty, and suburban values." In other words: White People.

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