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Duluth officially raises new flag during ceremony at City Hall

The new blue, green and gold flag was designed by the Tetreault family.

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Duluth’s new city flag flies on the Priley Circle flag pole as designer Blane Tetreault speaks Monday, June 21, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
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The Duluth fire and police departments' honor guard raised the city’s new flag for the first time at noon Monday outside City Hall. Residents and city officials were in attendance as the flag made its first physical appearance since being announced almost two years ago.

“I’m so excited that we are at this final stage where we get to come together as a community, as Duluthians, and celebrate this new flag, an image around which we can all unite," Mayor Emily Larson said during the ceremony.

The new Duluth flag features the colors blue, green and gold. The green wave is meant to symbolize the land and depict the many hills that shape Duluth. The blue represents Lake Superior and the sky above the city. The gold star represents Polaris, the North Star.

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Eleanor Tetreault, 11, sports a small Duluth city flag during the flag-raising ceremony Monday, June 21, 2021. Tetreault, sister Amelia, mother Bridget and father Blane designed the flag. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

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“I’m feeling really fortunate to have our design chosen and really proud to see that hanging over our city for years to come,” flag designer Blane Tetreault said. “I do feel like we did identify a flag that is representative of our community and something that we can be proud of.”

Tetreault was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters, who aided him in designing the flag . The family was one of the 98 participants in a flag design contest for a community-led process in 2019 called the Duluth Flag Project. There were 195 flag designs submitted, many of which were from residents.

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The city of Duluth selected a new flag design in August 2019. (Image courtesy of the city of Duluth)

In addition to the speakers, the celebration included musical performances from Gabe Mayfield and Jeffrey Boshey and family.

“I feel like the symbolism in (the flag) is really important in that it honors the Indigenous people who were here before and to take into account all that history and move forward together,” said Sara Eder, a resident who attended the event. “It’s something that we can claim as our own.”

The new city flag will soon be flying from all city flag posts.

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Members of the Duluth fire and police departments' honor guard stand near the Civic Center flag pole with the new city flag that was raised Monday, June 21, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

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Flag designer Blane Tetreault visits with a member of the audience attending the flag-raising ceremony Monday, June 21, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

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