(TWINCITIES) — West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen has a Confederate battle flag hanging off the back deck of his house and says "it's cool."
Others, including the city's mayor, have a different opinion of the flag, which is visible off busy Butler Avenue and to visitors at nearby Thompson Park. Written on the flag is the word "redneck."
"I don't like it," Mayor John Zanmiller said. "Do I wish the flag wasn't there? Yes."
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Hansen, a first-term council member elected in 2010, said he put the flag out last summer and has heard no complaints.
"It's my house," said Hansen, 41. "What's the problem?"