What's In A Name? Sometimes Good, Sometimes Bad, Sometimes Ugly


A local controversy has recently appeared over the name of one of Minneapolis’s local lakes – Lake Calhoun. Apparently, this lake was named after John C. Calhoun who, as secretary of war, established Fort Snelling in Minnesota. According to John Winters, a “local civil war history buff,” Mr. Calhoun held pro-slavery views during the early 1800’s. As a result, there have been some calls for changing the lake’s name – a name which has existed for 40 years.

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