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Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson explains U.N. flag removal

The removal of the United Nations flag last week from its longtime position outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis was explained by Commissioner Jeff Johnson.

The removal of the United Nations flag last week from its longtime position outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis was explained in a blog post by Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who led the effort.

“We owe no allegiance to the United Nations and its flag does not belong on the plaza and certainly not flying next to Old Glory,” Johnson wrote.

He said he’d first been contacted about the issue in 2009, soon after he was elected, but made no progress until now.

But a few weeks ago, conservative radio hosts Bob Davis and Tom Emmer discussed the matter on the air, and soon afterward, Commissioner Mark Stenglein said he’d co-sponsor a resolution to remove the U.N. flag and properly display the U.S. flag on the government center plaza. In the meantime, Commissioner Mike Opat brought an emergency resolution to the board, and it passed with little discussion, Johnson said.

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The U.N. flag had flown on the plaza since 1986, when it was approved by a 4-2 vote.