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Save the Falls

Save the Falls

Save the Falls   Over this week I’ve come to understand a lot more about a specific location and its associated place names in what is today known as the city of Ottawa. In 1613, Champlain observed this place, writing, “the water fall s…..with such impetuosity on a rock that with the passage of time, it has hallowed out a wide, deep basin…..the water whirls about to such an extent, and in the middle boils so vigorously, that Indians call…

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Naming News 01/24/18

Naming News 01/24/18

Naming News 01/24/18 Last year it was brought to my attention via Twitter that a motion was being put forth in Minneapolis, Minnesota to rename the city’s largest lake. The proposal to rename Lake Calhoun was brought before the Hennepin County Board in November where it passed by only one vote (Chanen, 2018) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approved the change on January 19, 2018. Actually, it’s really a rename of a rename and it’s a story that’s…

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