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Edina city leaders vote to begin reciting Pledge of Allegiance at council meetings

Updated: July 17, 2019 08:44 AM

Another local government brought the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to a vote.

Edina city leaders' decision to recite the pledge came a day after St. Louis Park city council members decided to bring back the pledge.

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Edina was one of the few cities in Minnesota where the Pledge of Allegiance was not recited at its council meetings.

However, in a matter of hours Tuesday night, the decision to start saying the pledge was made without arguments from any council members.

"I think we're really doing the right thing here by all unanimously agreeing here tonight that we're going to say the Pledge of Allegiance at our meetings in the future," Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said.

During Tuesday's meeting, Hovland said the debate was brought up once in 2011 but that the conversation didn't go anywhere.

Council members said it was time to recognize the pledge after seeing what happened in St. Louis Park.

RELATED: St. Louis Park City Hall flooded with calls after council's Pledge of Allegiance vote

Last week, President Donald Trump even weighed in on Twitter, condemning the St. Louis Park council.

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During Tuesday night's meeting, Edina council member Ron Anderson talked about his niece and how she was naturalized less than a month ago.

"I asked her how she felt about it when she was sworn in to recite the pledge the first time as a citizen, and she said, given all her considerations, it was the proudest moment of her life."

City council members will begin reciting the pledge starting with their August 7 meeting.

How many other city councils recite the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings? Below is the list of the 26 most populous cities in the state.

  1. Minneapolis – No
  2. St. Paul – Yes
  3. Rochester – Yes
  4. Bloomington – Yes
  5. Duluth – Yes
  6. Brooklyn Park – Yes
  7. Plymouth – Yes
  8. Woodbury – Yes
  9. Eagan – Yes
  10. St. Cloud – Yes
  11. Maple Grove – Yes
  12. Blaine – Yes
  13. Eden Prairie – Yes
  14. Coon Rapids – Yes
  15. Burnsville – Yes
  16. Lakeville – Yes
  17. Minnetonka – Yes
  18. Edina – Yes
  19. Apple Valley – Yes
  20. St Louis Park – Yes
  21. Moorhead – Yes
  22. Mankato – Yes
  23. Shakopee – Yes
  24. Maplewood – Yes
  25. Richfield – Yes
  26. Cottage Grove – Yes

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Council does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The following metro counties, however, do recite it at meetings: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Wright, Anoka, Carver and Washington counties.

Schools are required by state law to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, unless a district specifically cancels that order.

As for Congress, the U.S. Senate didn't start reciting it until 1999, while the House of Representatives started in 1988.

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