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by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 27 January 2001
From Examiner website:
Winning flag design focuses on city`s symbols
By Forrest Martin
Oak Grove soon will be flying its own city flag, thanks to Aaron Brown, who won a flag design contest the city sponsored.
Shirley Johnson, the alderman who initiated the project said, "All five judges picked this one (Brown`s) entry out of all the others."
Alderman Mike Johnston lauded the flag efforts at a recent Board of Alderman meeting, saying he was impressed with the number of entries -- 125.
"I`ve never tried anything like this before. I`ve never drawn a flag," said Brown. "But I`m an architect by profession and I am used to submitting design ideas."
Brown works for HOK (Hellmuh Obata Kassabaum) Sports Facilities group. He currently is working on designing a 8,300-seat basketball stadium for Tulsa University and has worked on other projects including the RCA Dome in Indiana and the World Arena in Colorado.
Brown, an Oak Grove resident formerly from Independence, said he read about the contest in a recent story in The Blue Springs Examiner and decided to enter.
"I thought it was interesting Independence`s flag was drawn by a St. Mary`s High School student (1969) and I graduated from St. Mary`s High School (1984). Two of its graduates designed city flags," he said.
Brown said he drew the flag design freehand at home the night before the contest ended.
"I started about 10 p.m. and finished about 1 a.m.," he said. "I have more creativity late at night."
He used four colors -- green, white, brown and red. "I wanted something simple and yet very symbolic," he said.
"I remember the Mis