MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered U.S. and Minnesota flags lowered Monday on the fourth anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Dayton has set aside the day to honor and remember the victims, to offer support to their families, and to thank and recognize the police officers, fire and rescue personnel, and other first responders.

The collapse happened at 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2007. Thirteen people were killed and 145 others injured.

Dayton plans to attend a memorial service on Monday.

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Comments (20)
  1. Gregg Richardson says:

    Is that all the governor ever does is order that flags be lowered to half staff…why doesn’t he just get on a plane and go to Japan…then we can lower the flags to half staff when his plane crashes –

    1. St. Paul says:

      1) You’re obviously not in the loop. The Governor doesn’t ONLY order that flags be lowered to half staff. He has other responsibilities too. You can find them online.
      2) He has no reason to be in Japan; and if he did go to Japan, you bashing Minnesotans would criticize him for why he’s visiting Japan, when there’s issues at home here.
      3) You’re an insane person, who needs to be locked up for life; especially if you make such threats towards a person like that. Wishing death on someone is madness.

  2. Nate Hoffmann says:

    I agree, lowering flags is socialist and evil!

  3. MN resident says:

    Mark, you seem to comment a lot on WCCO about MN wasting your tax dollar money. Why don’t you get out of the state and live somewhere you can be proud being a resident of. We don’t need your bashing. Run for governor or move out. But don’t stay behind your computer making comments and not trying to make a difference. Idiot.

    1. Nate Hoffmann says:

      The days of news comment sections have turned out a lot of insecure internet bullies who complain and call people names. It seems at least 90% of the comments on CNN.com, FoxNews, etc etc are those internet bullies who can peddle the most ignorant and extreme views and call anyone who disagrees an ‘idiot’ or ‘moron’ without any fear of the other person figuring out who they are. It must fulfill some insecurity that these people have.

      1. Nate Hoffmann says:

        In that sense, I guess you’re both at fault.

  4. angel says:

    I almost lost my husband this day, my heart goes out to those people who lives has change and some of the comment that is left here what if it was you or your family losing someone there.

  5. Jerry says:

    Unless Mark is retired, like me, I wonder who’s money he wastes being on sites like this during the workweek.

    1. idtapit says:

      Tina, your hot!

      1. Tina says:

        It’s soooo hot honey my 400lb bottom is stuck to the varnish on this bathroom seat as i type. Gonna have to call in da fire man. You a moolie by the way sweets?

    2. Jerry says:

      Mark, are you blind, and stupid? I wrote “During the Workweek.”
      That is what’s know as time theft.

      1. Tina says:

        @Jerry the retired genius; Sunday is the workweek if you’re retired or a moolie.

        1. Jerry says:

          Where I come from Sunday is a day of rest.

  6. A Voter says:

    Death is tragic no mater what the cause, lets leave the flags permanently at half staff.
    We can raise them when no one dies, and declare a Capitalist Holiday.

  7. Disabled Vet says:

    Lowering the flag to salute those who have died will ALWAYS have meaning, Dave. Do everyone a favor and just wallow in your pitiful, shallow life. Don’t post anymore.

  8. Rico Suave says:

    I just love Mark Dayton. He’s soooo sensitive. In fact, I think we should hire Emmer to run the state, and put Dayton in charge of all the flags. Everybody wins.

  9. R says:

    To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

    The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.

    When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave
    When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.

    When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.

    When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.

    When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
    ..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
    ..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
    ..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

    When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.

  10. @Geeko Suave says:

    Just because your father was a man doesn;t mean you’re, you wouldn’t fight for your country or your family. If they want license plates ot tattoos saying they served let them, after all god allowed you to be born when he knew it would be a waste of life

  11. John Molick says:

    @ Rico Suave, you just disrespected your father and everything he stood for! I think you need to re-evaluate your position. There are millions of vets who don’t have lives anymore because they gave them up so you can make stupid comments without fear of reprisal. US Navy Veteran, 8 years.

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