Kelsey Olson

(New London MN-) After The New London City Council Wednesday decided not to sign a letter supporting changing the name of Sibley State Park, former park naturalist Kelsey Olson says she will likely take her efforts statewide and to the Dakota community. Olson wants to change the name because she says Minnesota's first governor, Henry Sibley, is guilty of genocide for trying to rid Minnesota of The Dakota after the 1862 U.S. Dakota War, and she'd also like to see the name of the park reflect it's natural beauty. Olson says while the New London City Council rejection was somewhat of a setback, the group remains open to community discussion...

...Olson says the council also felt they were unsure if they should get involved in controversial matters that aren't within the New London city limits, and haven't heard enough from supporters of the change. Olson says she sees expanding her efforts statewide...

...Changing the name would take an act of the legislature. Olson says she met with Representative Dave Baker on Monday, who earlier said he would not support the name change.