In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden, Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota effective immediately until sunset on Sunday, May 30, 2021, to honor the lives lost to gun violence in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
A few hours prior to the San Jose proclamation, Governor Walz had ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, May 28, 2021, in honor and remembrance of Conservation Officer Sarah Grell.
Conservation Officer Grell died in the line of duty on Monday, May 24, 2021. Conservation Officer Grell dedicated 16 years of exemplary service to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and leaves behind her husband, Gene, and her children, Will, Jordyn, and Geno, and many other relatives and friends.
At the direction of the Governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty.