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As an Iowa resident, I’m supposed to be making jokes about Minnesota, not celebrating her.  Maybe it’s just a Midwest thing, but Iowans make fun of Minnesota and Minnesotans are quick to return the favor.  But today is the day we put all ribbing aside to bake a cake in honor of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, because on May 11, 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as its 32nd State.

I’ve visited the state a bundle of times, and it’s beautiful.  The trees are abundant, the lakes are wonderful, and the mosquitoes are Texas-sized.  It’s really a great place, though I wouldn’t want to live there…Iowa winters are bad enough.  My trips have usually been to the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis/St. Paul), where more than half of the state’s 5+ million residents (and some really good friends of mine) live.  The people are friendly (contrary to the jokes we make), intelligent (contrary to the jokes we make), and progressive (contrary to the jokes we make).

Minnesota is also known for lots of stuff.  It’s the home of the Mississippi River.  It’s home to the Mall of America, which I’ve visited a few times.  During one visit, I got roped into riding the log-ride at Camp Snoopy, and then enjoyed walking the mall soaking wet for the next two hours.  Yeah, that was brilliant on my part.  It’s home to musicians like Bob Dylan and Prince, actors like the late Eddie Albert and Winona Ryder, and TV personalities like Craig Kilborn, who put Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on the map in the late 90’s.  There is also Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion“, which our family listened to every Saturday night for years.  The Chatterbox Cafe (where Dorothy presides), Bertha’s Kitty Boutique (for people who care about cats), and Powdermilk Biscuits all brought a taste of Minnesota language, culture, and humor to our house.

Periodically, I would pack my computer up and drive up to White Bear Lake for the weekend.  A bunch of guys would meet at a hotel or apartment complex, we’d network our machines together, and play computer games (mostly flight simulators) for the weekend.  Terry, Chad, William, Bert…if any of you guys are reading this, that was GREAT fun!!!

But my favorite Minnesota thing is, without question, Mystery Science Theater 3000…only the greatest TV show ever.  Owned by Best Brains, Inc., it was produced in Hopkins, MN…the home of one of my best friends from college.

Happy Birthday, Minnesota!!

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