The deadline for design submissions to replace the current State flag and seal is October 30. Minnesotans have submitted more than 775 entries after a call for public submissions by the State Emblems Redesign Commission.
The commission consists of historians, marketing experts, civic leaders, and was formed to redesign the current flag which has been criticized for being culturally insensitive as well as aesthetically unappealing. The North American Vexillological Association (the world’s largest association of flag experts) ranks Minnesota as one of the worst state flags.
The commission will choose five finalists in November, manufacturing their flag and seal designs for a “tactile assessment.” Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and their original designs must meet state requirements. The winning designers are not eligible for a cash prize if their design is chosen. The emblems will be selected in mid-December and will come into effect next year unless vetoed by the Legislature.