Pioneer Press: Minnesota did more than swear in a new governor Monday; it inaugurated the most diverse group of constitutional officers in state history.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan became the highest-ranking American Indian woman in a state executive office in the nation. Attorney General Keith Ellison became the first African-American and the first Muslim to hold a Minnesota constitutional office.
The historic significance was evident in the packed Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul where Minnesota’s 41st governor, Tim Walz, and these constitutional officers, along with Secretary of State Steve Simon and Auditor Julie Blaha, were sworn in Monday.
Robert Durant of the White Earth Nation joined the Minnesota National Guard in the presentation of the colors. Native American drum group the Iron Boy Singers played a “Flag Song” to honor veterans.