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SD House panel vote to decide state flag's future

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South Dakota lawmakers will soon decide the fate of a controversial state flag proposal.  A House panel will vote on a bill sponsored by more than 80 lawmakers that would redesign South Dakota's flag with a colorful and geometric pattern.  Rep. Bernie Hunhoff, a Yankton Democrat, says it's time to fly a design that differs from the state's seal.  He hopes that a new state flag would unite South Dakota under a symbol without wording, as the Lone Star flag does for Texas.  Spearfish artist Dick Termes created the design, which features a Native American medicine wheel surrounded by sunshine rays atop a sky-blue background.  The design has sparked controversy as some people argue the state seal is sufficient.  The House State Affairs committee will weigh the bill Monday.

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