She makes the cut in flag design, inclusion


December 1, 2023

Mike Creger

Sarah Agaton Howes created three flags and submitted them to state officials as a new Minnesota state flag is being considered. One, shown on her laptop screen here, made the cut from 2,600 entries into the final six.

They liked its unique nature, which is something, considering that the state flag design entered by Cloquet artist Sarah Agaton Howes was one of 2,600 entries reviewed by the State Emblem Redesign Commission this fall as it winnows down to a final new Minnesota flag and seal by year's end.

The commission deliberated for hours on Nov. 21 and voted in six flag designs and five seal entries.

Agaton Howes' flag, based on Native loom and bead work, features a geometric yellow North Star and similarly shaped iconography for trees and plants, all on a blue background. There are also subtle hash ma...

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