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Confederate flag flying in Lakeside neighborhood stirring up controversy

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DULUTH, MN -- An old symbol of the confederacy, stirred up new controversy in the Lakeside neighborhood.

Arthur Germaine Junior, a 79-year-old Duluth man. is flying the confederate flag outside his home.

Another man came along and protested from the sidewalk in front of the house.

Germaine says he feels the flag is a symbol of the country's cultural heritage, which he thinks is being taken away.

He says people should have defended the confederate statues recently torn down.

"The men that marched under that [flag] were the envy of the world in their time. They are not to be denigrated. The self-sacrifice that they made I don't think is ever going to be duplicated," Germaine.

Germaine says he plans to fly the flag again on July 13th, which is Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest's birthday, who had strong ties to the KKK.

The man who was protesting Germaine's flag didn't want to go on camera with us, but he gave us a statement saying, Germaine puts it up to trigger and scare people. He called the flag a symbol of hate.

He went on to say the flag does not represent the Lakeside neighborhood, and he wants more people to come out and protest on July 13th when the flag flies again.

Reporter Anthony Matt

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