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Journal, banner at DL Library

Wednesday morning, the Detroit Lakes Library unveiled Minnesota's Sesquicentennial Banner. It will be on display through next Wednesday, July 18.

Mayor Larry Buboltz and County Commissioner Barry Nelson were among the first to sign the journal that morning.

A journal travels with the banner for people to record their thoughts and feelings about Minnesota.

"It's a record of where the banner is traveling throughout the state," said Librarian Mary Haney of the journal.

People can record their thoughts of what Minnesota means to them, or means to the United States.

Haney said she thinks everyone should write down their favorite Ole and Lena joke or a "you're a Minnesotan if..." for example it's 45 degrees out and you're wearing shorts and sandals.

The public is invited and encouraged to take a picture with the banner, sign the journal and help make history at the library. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate Minnesota's 150th Anniversary.

The banner is located just inside the library across from the main desk.

After its stint in Detroit Lakes, the banner will move on to another Lake Agassiz Regional Library. It is scheduled to be in Fosston and Crookston the remainder of July. When it has competed its course through the LARL system, it will move onto another library system within the state.

Haney said she thinks it stays within a library because it is the basis of "freedom of information."

The banners and journals will be given to the governor on the steps of the Capitol on Statehood Day, May 11, 2008, to be kept in perpetuity by the Minnesota State Historical Society.

Haney said people can share their thoughts about Minnesota's statehood, famous Minnesotans they may have met, or the community and its role in Minnesota's history. Or just simply sign the history-making journal.

Detroit Lakes Library Hours are: Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.