- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) - Officials in Albert Lea are distancing the city from a Confederate flag flown on a Hartland Fire Department truck during a holiday parade.

In a statement Monday, officials said the display of the flag does not represent the values of Albert Lea’s fire department or the city.

The Albert Lea Tribune (https://bit.ly/1HLvn8e) reports Albert Lea officials believe the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce and city of Hartland “will be appropriately addressing this issue in the immediate future.”

Hartland volunteer firefighter Brian Nielsen flew both the Confederate and American flags from the back of the truck during the Third of July Parade in Albert Lea.

Nielsen has said he’s not for slavery, but did it because he was fed up with political correctness. He was suspended Sunday pending an investigation.

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Information from: Albert Lea Tribune, https://www.albertleatribune.com


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