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Capitol flag now flying at Agave

Wisconsin State Rep. Shannon Zimmerman and Agave Kitchen owner Paul Rode stand by the new flag flying outside the restaurant. Zimmerman gave the flag, which has been flown at the state capitol, to Rode after his was torn down. Gretta Stark / Rivertown Multimedia

The U.S. flag is flying once again outside of Agave Kitchen in downtown Hudson after it was torn down.

When Wisconsin State Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) heard about the absence of the flag on social media, he wanted to do something for Agave owner Paul Rode.

"That really bothered me, for two reasons. Number one, it's the symbol of our nation and so forth, it's important to me," Zimmerman said. "And number two, it's Paul. This is a guy who really doesn't deserve this."

So Zimmerman reached out to Rode to offer a replacement — from the Wisconsin capitol.

"I brought a flag that has been flown over the state capitol in Madison," Zimmerman said.

These flags are collected and distributed as a form of recognition.

"I'd like to recognize Paul Rode for being a wonderful neighbor, community member, and business owner," Zimmerman said.

The flag went up again Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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