It’s “Lake Calhoun” again in Minneapolis after the state Court of Appeals ruled that only the legislature can change such a long-standing name. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka agrees lawmakers should have a say about well-known names with historical significance:

“I like ‘Lake Calhoun,’ but I’m certainly willing to respect a conversation in the legislative bodies about whether it needs to be two names, or not.”

The DNR ordered the lake’s original Native American Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska, be used and the federal government approved it.   Supporters of the change point out the lake is named after John C. Calhoun, a U-S vice president in the early 1800’s who was a staunch defender of slavery.