MINOT, N.D. — What does lowering the flag mean, as a symbol, if you can’t keep track of why they’re lowered in the first place?

If you’re going past a school or a bank or a courthouse, and you see the flags lowered, and you have to ask the people you’re with why what are we accomplishing with the symbolism?

Not much of anything.

Or, strike that, we are accomplishing something — the diminishment of the symbolism of lowering the flags.

It happens so often that Gov. Doug Burgum’s office has split the news release archive on their website into categories. One for flag directives and another for everything else.

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