The North Star Flag
A PROPOSAL FOR A NEW MINNESOTA STATE FLAG
EXAMPLES OF FLAG CHANGES
CANADA adopted the maple leaf flag in 1965 (above left), replacing a colonial British pattern (above right) for the sake of national unity and identity. The new flag has become one of the most successful and recognizable flags in the world. The co-designer of the flag, Sir John Ross Matheson, has endorsed our proposal for a new Minnesota flag.
Link to CBC Archives on the Maple Leaf Flag Debate (1964-65)
GEORGIA adopted a new state flag (above left) in May 2003, based on a Confederate pattern known as the "Stars and Bars." The design, which was confirmed in a 2004 referendum, is considered less inflammatory than the Confederate "battle flag," which was the basis for the state flag abandoned in January 2001 (above right) for the sake of state unity. In the interim a generic blue design was flown, which failed to win adherents.
Link to news story on 2001 flag
Link to news story on 2003 flag
MISSISSIPPI debated the adoption of a new state flag, and held a state referendum on April 17, 2001. The current flag (above left) features the Confederate flag, while the proposed new flag featured 20 stars, instead. Voters retained the current flag for now, but efforts to replace the flag continue, with the "Stennis flag" (above right).
Link to news story on referendum (2001)
Link to news story on current efforts (2019)
MAINE has also discussed a simplified state flag to replace its complicated current flag (above right). The new version would be based on an older state flag (above left).
Link to news story on the new flag proposal (2019)
UTAH media discussed adopting a new state flag in 2002, with the Salt Lake Tribune sponsoring an unofficial contest (winning entry at left, published April 7, 2002) to replace the old design (right). The effort continues in the legislature amid other design proposals.
Link to news story on recent efforts (2019)
MICHIGAN has also undergone discussions on a simplified state flag (above left) to replace its complicated current flag (above right).
NEBRASKA legislators have discussed changing the state flag several times in recent years.
Link to newspaper article on the debate (2017)