Controversy continues to swirl around the Lake Calhoun name change to Bde Maka Ska (buh-day muh-kah-skah) in Minneapolis. The name was officially changed last year after the DNR approved votes by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. But earlier this week, the state Court of Appeals ruled that only the legislature can change such a long-standing name. The DNR is appealing that decision. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says…

“I’m disappointed I guess I prefer it to be decided in the legislative body as the language seems to be pretty clear.”

House lawmakers this week approved renaming the lake Bde Maka Ska. But a similar measure failed in a Senate committee on a voice vote. The name change was prompted after complaints about having the lake named after John C. Calhoun–a proponent of slavery and Native American removal.