Twin Cities among least ‘Bible-minded’ metro areas

Today in lists … Tipster Ray points us to a TIME story of the most “Bible-minded” (i.e., godly) metro areas in the country, which declares us to be … 75th! “The study defines ‘Bible-mindedness’ as a combination of how often respondents read the Bible and how accurate they think the Bible is. … Overall, the study found an inverse relationship between population density and ‘Bible friendliness.’ ” And almost a direct relation to red/blue voting patterns.

Then, from the Weather Channel, a true “No duh” … We are a bona fide … No. 1 when it comes to America’s coldest major cities. Jon Erdman writes: “#1: Minneapolis/St. Paul (Avg. Dec-Feb Temp: 18.7 degrees) The Twin Cities’ all-time record low was -41 degrees set on Jan. 21, 1888. On average, subzero cold occurs 24-25 days each year, while sub-freezing temperatures occur 151 days a year there.” Until Yakutsk applies for citizenship, we’re safe with that one.

I’m surprised this isn’t already on the books. From KMSP-TV, Mike Durkin writes: “A pair of state lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would compensate Minnesotans who were wrongfully imprisoned and later found innocent. The legislation from Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) would put Minnesota in the company of 29 other states and the District of Columbia that provide innocence compensation. The federal court system also compensates the wrongfully convicted.” If passed, it’ll be Tom Petters’ next motion.

Three local tribal leaders will be in D.C. Tuesday night for the State of the Union speech. Says Stribber Curt Brown: “[T]ribal leaders from Minnesota are scheduled to attended President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night in Washington. Carri Jones, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe chairwoman, will join Melanie Benjamin from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as guests of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. Rep. John Kline has invited Keith Anderson, the vice chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community — Scott County’s largest employer.”

According to an AP story:A new report says at least 37 people were killed last year as a result of domestic violence. The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women released its 2013 Femicide Report on Tuesday. The report tracks homicides in which the known or suspected perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner, or the homicide was caused by domestic violence. It includes family members, friends and others who intervened and were killed. Of the 37 deaths last year, 24 women and seven men were killed by current or former intimate partners. Six friends or family members were killed.” In the context of the legalized pot debate, it would be interesting to see in how many of these case alcohol was involved.

The GleanThe KARE-TV story on the Minnesota Orchestra’s new schedule says: “The Minnesota Orchestra today announced plans for Live at Orchestra Hall, a wide-ranging series of popular music, jazz, world music, Broadway classics, movie scores, comedy and other genres — bringing several separate concert series previously offered by the Orchestra under one umbrella. The renamed series is led by Sarah Hicks, who takes the new title of Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall. Hicks will conduct several of the 15 performances, which include shows that feature the full Minnesota Orchestra as well as performances by solo artists and guest ensembles.”

From the Precision Ag Summit in North Dakota … Mikkel Pates of the Forum News Service says: “After two full days of hearing speakers at the summit, farmer Kerby Weets from Ashby, Minn., rose to ask how much the far-flung drone systems might actually cost a farmer. Answers varied. ‘Our system is made to cover a lot of acres really fast, really quickly,’ assured Zach Fiene, co-founder of DMZ Ariel … who said his systems would be at the low end of the cost spectrum for UAS machines, at $2,500 to $5,500. … Studies have shown that if UAS are developed by 2025, it will be an $82 billion industry, with 80 percent of the benefits seen in agriculture, said Kevin Price, a professor of agronomy at Kansas State University.”

And none of it is his own money … The AP says: “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton entered the election year with $772,000 in his campaign account after expenses. … The Democratic governor reported pulling in nearly $1.1 million in 2013. The amount raised and left entering 2014 exceeds that of any of his Republican challengers. Dayton campaign manager Katharine Tinucci says the candidate didn’t put any personal money into the campaign account. He contributed nearly $4 million during his 2010 campaign.”

Out of range of GPS apparently … Paul Walsh of the Strib says: “A couple became disoriented while snowmobiling and ice fishing on the Canadian side of Lake of the Woods, hunkered down beside a fire all through the day and night before unknowingly crossing into northern Minnesota, where they regained their bearings and came in from the cold. … After daybreak Monday, the couple traveled nearly 30 miles on their snowmobile, unknowingly crossing well into the United States. The man then walked up to a home in Roosevelt, Minn., and explained his plight.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 01/28/2014 - 03:43 pm.

    Societal devolution

    Saint Paul used to be called the “city of churches.” I grew up in a neighborhood where within a two-block area we had the House of Hope Presbyterian church, a Greek orthodox church, a Seven Day Adventist church, and two synagogues.

    My, how times change.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 01/28/2014 - 07:18 pm.

    “Bible-Mindedness?”

    The Bible can point beyond itself to connect folks to God in amazing ways so that they can directly experience God’s presence and inspiring guidance,…

    but it can also be a place for the “faithful” to hide from God’s presence and guidance,…

    to avoid God’s call to change and growth in their lives and in their faith,…

    in effect, a prop they use in their worship of the attitudes of those who taught them exactly what the Bible means,…

    while ignoring that, being human themselves, those teachers of old were incapable of being “inerrant” in their own understandings of the Bible and thus were mistaken and misguided about some things; sometimes stubbornly and quite completely wrong in what they taught.

    I suspect that the vast majority of folks actually allowing God to inspire and guide them to do God’s works of mercy and love in the world are far too busy embodying the attitudes, carrying out the teachings of, and seeking to walk in the footsteps of Jesus to use inordinate amounts of their time reading the Bible, the overall sweep of it’s contents already well known to them and well illuminated by their direct experience of God’s presence.

    In the end, it might be far more useful for a study to be produced regarding what cities are “walking the walk” of Jesus. I would not be surprised to discover that the very limited perspective on “Bible-Mindedness” in the study cited in today’s ‘Glean” is inversely related to the behavior of the populations of the cities whose residents most faithfully embody Jesus’ life, ministry and teachings in their dealings with the same populations of the oppressed, the downtrodden and the outcast to whom Jesus, himself, brought new awareness of God’s love and mercy.

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