Anniversary Post: State of Minnesota

Minnesota SealOn this day in 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the Union — squeezed right between two of my favorite states: California and Oregon. The Dakotas would not become states until much later — largely owing to the fact that no one wanted them. Even today, the official motto of North Dakota is, “Keep the hydrocarbons, leave the land.” But we don’t feel this way about Minnesota. Minnesota is an official Good State™ right up there with the good parts of California (northern) and Oregon (Portland). So rather than provide a history of the state and explain why it is surrounded by the wackos in the Dakotas on the west and Scott Walker on the east and yet doesn’t stink, I will just provide a random list of good things about Minnesota.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
  • World’s largest zombie walk
  • Al Franken
  • Scotch Tape / Post-It Notes
  • F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamm’s Brewery
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Bob Dylan
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Anne Tyler
  • Walker Art Center
  • Izzy’s Ice Cream
  • Lipps Inc. I think this song is about Saint Paul:
  • Robert Bly
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Alec Soth
  • Mall of America as ultimate terrorist target
  • Prince
  • Walter Mondale
  • Coen Brothers
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Old Log Theater
  • Judy Garland

Happy birthday Minnesota!

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