Lt. Gov. Flanagan named 38th Distinguished Minnesotan

Featured photo: Flanagan at BSU’s American Indian Resource Center. Submitted.

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was named Bemidji State University’s 38th Distinguished Minnesotan.

According to a release, the award acknowledges the contributions of current or former residents of the state who have performed exemplary service to the people of Minnesota or the United States.

Flanagan is the highest ranking indigenous woman elected to executive office in U.S. history, and the first American Indian to hold statewide office in Minnesota.

The Distinguished Minnesotan traditionally addresses graduating seniors at BSU’s commencement, which will be held at a later date due to COVID-19.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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