Court blocks renaming of lake

Published 7:59 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS — The city of Minneapolis has run into a problem in its effort to drop the name of pro-slavery Southerner and former Vice President John C. Calhoun from one of its lakes.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Department of Natural Resources did not have the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun, near the Uptown area.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr last year ordered the lake’s name changed to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska. Signs around the lake were switched.

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But some nearby property owners challenged the change, and a three-judge appellate panel ruled that because the lake name had existed for more than 40 years, authority to change it rested with the Legislature.