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Published June 23, 2010, 01:04 PM

Official in Minn suburb wants English-only measure

LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A city official in one Twin Cities suburb wants an English-only declaration that he says will save on city printing costs.

LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A city official in one Twin Cities suburb wants an English-only declaration that he says will save on city printing costs.

Lino Lakes council member Dave Roeser says it's expensive for the city of 20,000 to provide city documents in multiple languages.

Patricia Beety is an attorney for the League of Minnesota Cities. She says there's no clear case law to guide Minnesota cities about the validity of English-only measures.

She also notes a single-language declaration doesn't preclude the city from using other languages. But it symbolically suggests that no accommodation will be made.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota opposes Roeser's proposal. ACLU spokesman Chuck Samuelson says it's part of an anti-immigration trend around the country.

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