Senator Mary Kunesh Touts ‘Renewal’ of Minnesota’s State Flag and Seal

State Emblems Commission Unveils Final Designs

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, the Minnesota State Emblems Redesign Commission unveiled the final design for Minnesota’s new state flag. Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) is chief author of the Senate bill to redesign the flag and seal and served as a non-voting member of the commission that reviewed the thousands of designs submitted by Minnesotans for the state’s new seal and flag.

“The movement to renew Minnesota’s flag and seal has been gathering momentum for decades, and I am proud to have played a part in shaping our new state symbols,” said Senator Kunesh, Standing Rock Lakota descendant. “Minnesotans care deeply about our state, as we saw this by the thousands of people who harnessed their creativity to help us imagine a new flag and seal. It was an incredible experience to see our community’s energy and passion captured in the beautiful designs they submitted. From loons and wild rice to water and the North Star, we have captured the essence of our state in the new flag and seal. These designs honor our history and celebrate the future of Minnesota.”

Senator Kunesh commends the legislators, 13 voting members, and especially the Minnesota Historical Society, who met weekly to review designs and provide thorough discussion from the public. She also recognizes Chair Luis Fitch and Vice Chair Anita Gaul for their clear guidance and steady leadership in this historic process.  

Minnesotans will see the new flag raised for the first time on Statehood Day, May 11.

Mary K. Kunesh represents Senate District 39, which covers the communities of St. Anthony Village, New Brighton, Hilltop, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and a portion of Spring Lake Park.

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