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Red Wing Human Rights Commission Member Scott Bender (center) presents a resolution Monday to rename Columbus Day as First Peoples’ Day in the city. The HRC says the change honors Native Americans and other early settlers. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

City might rename Columbus Day


Red Wing City Council discussed a resolution Monday to replace Columbus Day with a renamed First Peoples’ Day, but agreed to hold off on making a decision until conferring with the Prairie Island Indian Community.

The city will draft a letter to the Prairie Island Tribal Council seeking formal input on the proposal, City Council President Lisa Bayley said.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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