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Local lake name sparks controversy

Rising controversy about the official name of Lake Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun divides the city.

Ben Sanford

May 9, 2019

Large controversy surrounds the name of Bde Maka Ska, with some thinking it should go back to its name as of late 2017, Lake Calhoun. The President of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Brad Bourn, said the lake is an important part of Minnesota, sparking many opinions. “I think that ev...

State renames Minneapolis lake

Updated signs replace former Lake Calhoun signs and advocate for Native American heritage. New signs were placed Jan. 29.

Samantha Klepfer

February 14, 2018

On the morning of Jan. 29, signs with only the name Bde Maka Ska replaced old ones at Lake Calhoun, officially changing the name of the biggest lake in Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune. Newly retired Park Board commissioner Scott Vreeland said this project started a long time ago. “We had talked about it a few year...

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