The North Star Flag
A PROPOSAL FOR A NEW MINNESOTA STATE FLAG
(OFFICIAL OR SEMI-OFFICIAL STATE & LOCAL FLAGS)
ABERDEEN, SD has a city flag for government use (left), as well as an alternate "community flag" for use by businesses and organizations, for branding and marketing purposes (at right).
View a news story on the Community Flag
KANSAS officially has a state flag for general use (left), as well as an alternate "State Banner" (at right). The latter is based on the state's National Guard patch, and is intended for vertical use only (as was the first version of its state flag, seen here and here). For more details, click on the text links or the images above.
MAINE officially has a state flag for general use (left), as well as an alternate flag for maritime use (right). Click on the images for details.
MASSACHUSETTS officially has a state flag for general use (left), as well as an alternate flag for maritime use (right). Click on the images for details.
MISSISSIPPI debated its state flag for many years, because it featured the controversial Confederate battle-flag (left); it was finally retired in 2020. For several years prior, an alternate flag was frequently flown, known as the "Hospitality Flag" (aka "Stennis Flag," right). Created in 2014 by graphic designer Laurin Stennis, it was even recognized for use on specialty license plates. A new state flag was confirmed in a 2020 referendum, and awaits legislative enactment.
View the official website of the Hospitality Flag
Learn more about Hospitality Flag supporters
View a CNN story on Hospitality Flag license plates
NORTH DAKOTA's state flag imitates 19th-century regimental colors (left). Due to this, in 1957 the state’s National Guard promoted a special state coat-of-arms and standard (right). While the law permits broad government use, in practice they are used mainly by veterans and the Guard command (e.g. here, here, & here). The Governor's standard is similar but with a white star in each corner (as state commander-in-chief).
UNOFFICIAL REGIONAL FLAGS