Lake Calhoun Naming Petitions

The West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC) would like to get the input of area residents regarding the naming of Lake Calhoun. 

Two petitions have been received by the Hennepin County Board, seeking to change the name of Lake Calhoun to either Bde Maka Ska or Lake Maka Ska.

A public hearing  will be held on
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.
in the Hennepin County Government Center Board Room
A2400 Government Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55487

Please respond below with your naming preference, and any comments that we can share with the County Board which may affect their decision regarding the lake name.

BACKGROUND
On June 7, 2017, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved Resolution 2017-208 (Resolution Supporting the Renaming of Lake Calhoun Within the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park to Bde Maka Ska, and Directing Staff to Circulate and Forward to the County Auditor a Petition to be Signed by at Least 15 Registered Voters of Hennepin County, Minnesota).

On August 21, 2017, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board delivered to the County Auditor a petition signed by more than 200 individuals. The petition requests Lake Calhoun be renamed “Bde Maka Ska.” The County Auditor confirmed that the petition was signed by at least 15 persons that are registered to vote, which is what Minnesota Statutes require.

On September 7, 2017, the County Auditor was served with a separate petition seeking to change the name of Lake Calhoun to “Lake Maka Ska.” The County Auditor confirmed that the petition was signed by 18 persons that are registered to vote and therefore complies with state statute.

Following the public hearing on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the department will prepare a Board Action Request to enable the board to take formal action on this request.

* 1. Regarding the name of Lake Calhoun, as an area resident, I prefer the following action:

* 2. Please feel free to add your comments here. We will do our best to share comments with the County Board and those making the naming decision.

* 3. Address (to confirm area resident)

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