DALE KURSCHNER WRITES an editor’s note in a past issue of Twin Cities Business to make the point of why Minnesota is the best place to live.

He comments that our state has many significant top 10 rankings, plus the theater of seasons.

For example, Minnesota is one of only 13 major metropolitan areas with five major sports teams.

Many of the major metropolitan areas are near lakes and beautiful locations. Few of them have anything quite as close as Lake Minnetonka. I would brag about White Bear Lake as well.

Other factors note that Minneapolis consistently ranks among the best cities for live theater, along with New York and Boston, but only the Mill City has more theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city after New York.

According to Travel and Leisure’s America’s Best Cities for Foodies, the Twin Cities comes in just behind four other cities, which are Houston; Providence, Rhode Island; Kansas City and Atlanta.

The Twin Cities also gets a high rating for the best chefs in the nation.

In Minnesota, we love our lakes and we love our boats.  Kurschner says according to statistics we own 800,900 boats, the second highest percentage of boats per capita in the country after Florida.

We are also the largest turkey producer in the nation, second largest in hogs, sixth in cheese and honey and eighth in milk.

In other areas of agriculture, we lead other states in sugar beets, second in wild rice, fourth in corn, soybeans and flax seeds.

The Minnesota State Fair season is around the corner and I think everyone knows we have the best and largest daily attendance of any other state fair in the country.

We might not have the best or most golf courses, but we have the most golfers per capita. We are still behind in bike trails, but we are also considered the second friendliest state.

I might add our taxes are quite high, the DNR is crazy with regulations and our motorists love to drive alone in a car.

We have plenty of deer for hunting. The Dakotas are more inviting for pheasants.

Fishing is still good in the state, but Ontario is becoming more and more inviting.

We have great parks, campsites and hiking trails and the year-round beauty of the seasons is breathtaking.

The air is clean except for occasional forest fire smoke from Western United States and Canada.

Don’t forget to take time and enjoy it.

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES CAN make you laugh.  My publisher friend from Custer, S.D., Charley Najacht, sent me several that tickled my funny-bone.

Here they are:

“Governor says new Bay Bridge won’t open until it’s ready.”

“Woman falls in hospital, told to call ambulance.”

“County to pay $250,000 to advertise lack of funds.”

“Seventeen remain dead in morgue shooting spree.”

“Tight end returns after colon surgery.”

“Death is nation’s top killer.”

“Cow urine makes for juicy lemons.”

IT’S IMPORTANT TO observe Memorial Day every year.  All of us are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our nation can continue to exist along with the many freedoms we enjoy.

On May 5, 1868, General John Logan suggested we observe Memorial Day by gathering “around the sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds around them with choicest flowers of springtime – let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude – the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.”

We so often have ignored this celebration of remembering our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors and our friends who have given so much in sacrifice.

We can continue this observance by visiting cemeteries, placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes; also by visiting memorials and taking time to understand what they mean.  It is also important to fly the U.S. flag, at least half-staff until noon.

In 1998, under the Defense Authorization Act, we’re encouraged to fly the POW/MIA Flag.

On Memorial Day the National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day.  It is also important to renew our pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead and to aid the disabled veterans.

May your Memorial Day this year have added meaning.


Gene Johnson is publisher emeritus of Press Publications

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