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Dayton: Minn. flags at half-staff for Mandela

American Flag at half staff
American Flag at half staff

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is ordering flags at all state of Minnesota buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Sunday in remembrance of Nelson Mandela.

Dayton's proclamation, issued Friday, accompanies a similar order from President Barack Obama that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, military posts and naval vessels through Sunday in Mandela's honor.

The former South African president and champion of the battle against apartheid in that country died Thursday at age 95, prompting mourning throughout the world. Dayton's proclamation says Mandela "achieved more than could be expected of any man.''

Dayton had already ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Saturday in honor of those who died in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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