Bde Maka Ska is Lake Calhoun again, Court of Appeals rules
DNR lacked authority to change the name of lake after 40 years, court ruled.
By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune APRIL 29, 2019 — 11:44AM
Lake Calhoun is back on the map.
The state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr lacked authority to change the name of the lake because the name had existed for more than 40 years.
In January 2018, Landwehr ordered the lake’s name revert to its original Dakota name: Bde Maka Ska. The federal government approved it and signs around the lake were changed.
But the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel said the name will go back to Calhoun because Landwehr’s action was illegal and only the Legislature holds the authority to change the name after it existed for 40 years.
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