Up with umlauts: Lindstrom, Minnesota, to get its dots back

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Posted: Apr 15, 2015 3:33 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is playing punctuation police when it comes to the state's road signs — umlauts included.

The governor issued an executive order Wednesday to restore the two small pronunciation marks above the 'o' on the sign outside of Lindström. The dots were removed from the city limit signs recently due to changing federal guidance for signage.

The disappearing dots have been a source of frustration for the city, which is dubbed "America's Little Sweden." Lindström is about 40 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.

Dayton says he has instructed his Department of Transportation to replace the signs as soon as possible. He says he'll grab a can of white paint and apply the two dots himself if he has to.