The people in the state of Minnesota have been calling for change for quite some time, especially when it comes to the state flag. Now state officials are asking for your thoughts and opinions on Minnesota's new flag and seal.

From now until Monday, October 30th, residents are encouraged to submit their designs and ideas for the next Minnesota flag and seal. There are just a few requirements applicants need to follow in order to be considered.

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Multiple news outlets like KARE 11 and CBS News are reporting residents can submit up to three designs to the State Emblems Redesign Commission. Any Minnesota resident who is under the age of 18 can also have a parent or guardian on their behalf. The commission must submit the adopted designs to the legislature and governor no later than January 1st, 2024.

The designs must accurately and respectfully reflect Minnesota's shared history, resources, and diverse cultural communities. Symbols, emblems, or likenesses that represent only a single community or person, regardless of whether real or stylized, may not be included in a design.

A recent report from CBS News explains that 50 entries were already submitted within the first 24 hours of launching the online form. The number continues to climb each day!

This is an awesome idea to allow residents to be part of the creative process for the new Minnesota flag and seal. I imagine the new flag featuring tall pine trees, a lake, blue skies, and maybe the Common Loon swimming in the lake.

You can submit your ideas to the State Emblems Redesign Commission and learn more by clicking here.

What would your design for the new Minnesota state flag and seal look like?

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown

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When you think of Minnesota you probably picture lakes, camping, fishing, and Paul Bunyan. But there are also native animals that live in the state that can rough you up or even kill you.

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