- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A committee is asking for people to submit designs for a flag to represent South Dakota’s largest city by next week.

The Committee to Establish a Suitable Flying Banner for the City of Sioux Falls said a panel of judges will choose designs to display to the public in August, but that it would be up to the city council to make any flag official.

“We’re a city that’s diverse, ambitious, expanding and we need something like a flag to serve as a central rallying point,” committee chairman Hugh Weber told the Argus Leader newspaper (https://argusne.ws/TYg7iv ).

Designs must be submitted to the committee by July 15.

The North American Vexillological Association, which is devoted to the study of flags, surveyed the largest 150 communities in the nation and found that only Sioux Falls and two others lacked a city flag.

Seven communities in South Dakota are known to have an official flag. Discussions of creating one for Sioux Falls have occurred in the past but went nowhere, according to City Attorney David Pfeifle.

The committee wants a simple design, preferably one that a 5-year-old child could draw from memory. The panel includes Weber’s 5-year-old daughter, to ensure the chosen design meets that standard.

Zeke Hanson, a traveling photographer and videographer who works in Sioux Falls about 10 days each month, has already submitted a design.

“It’s a really cool opportunity to be involved in something like this,” he said. “It’s fun to put some ideas together for the flag. Let’s see what we can do for Sioux Falls.”

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Online:

www.siouxfallsflag.com

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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