The Lino Lakes city council is scheduled to vote Monday on a controversial proposal which would make English the city’s official language.
City council member, Dave Roeser, says his idea would save the city money. Others say it’s an anti-immigration proposal. It appears there are enough votes on the five member Lino Lakes city council to approve the measure. Roser says the proposed ordinance would eliminate the cost of translating documents into other languages. Census numbers show only about three percent of the city’s residents were foreign born and fewer than 2 percent said they speak English “less than very well”. But council member Roeser says his proposal is looking to the future. The American Civil Liberties Union is opposed to the measure. If it passes Monday, as expected, Lino Lakes would be the first Minnesota city to declare English its official language. But nationwide nearly two dozen states have some form of English language laws which in many cases are being challenged in the courts.