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Washington Post investigates ‘Indignant Minnesota Twitter’ phenomenon

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Very little tolerance for coastal condescension around here. In the wake of his piece in the Washington Post describing Red Lake County, Minnesota as “the absolute worst place to live in America,” Christopher Ingraham decided to double down and consider the source of Minnesotans’ hypersensitivity: “Now, here’s the interesting part. Minnesota wasn’t the only state that doesn’t look great according to the USDA’s natural amenities scale. Iowa and Delaware don’t have any counties ranking at average beauty or above. A number of states — North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin among them — have just one or two counties of at least average beauty. … But I didn’t hear a single word of protest from folks in these states. No sarcastic Delaware hashtags. No photo tributes to the natural splendor of Indiana. No petitions from outraged North Dakotans. Only Minnesotans have taken a public stand to defend their state’s honor. Why? I asked some of the folks I’d heard from what the deal was.”

So, exactly four? “More women have come forward to report sexual harassment by former athletic director Norwood Teague, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said Wednesday,” writes MPR’s Jon Collins. “Kaler said in an interview with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer Wednesday that ‘less than five’ additional complaints of sexual harassment have been reported to university officials since Teague’s resignation.”

Not a good time to email the governor all your great policy ideas. For the Star Tribune, Patrick Condon reports, “About 50,000 state and local government employees in Minnesota can’t currently receive incoming emails to their public accounts. … The state’s information technology agency, MN.IT Services, said Wednesday in a news release that it’s working with Microsoft to fix the issue. The agency said the disruption to its Microsoft Exchange online email service occurred at about 1 a.m. and was caused by changes at the Microsoft level to the email system.”

One man’s freeway cyclist is another man’s freedom fighter. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports, “Police apparently stopped a bicyclist riding on westbound Interstate 694 in New Brighton this morning, sometimes amid the cars making their way through the early morning commute. … The cyclist was spotted shortly after 6 a.m., heading along the shoulder of the freeway east of I-35W. The bicyclist could be seen in MnDOT traffic cameras and managed to negotiate through the northbound and southbound traffic coming up the ramps from interstates 35W to 694.

What is the St. Paul school board trying to hide? Josh Verges writes in the Pioneer Press, “The portion of St. Paul school board meetings that often makes for the best television viewing has been cut from the show. … Board members voted 5-1 on Tuesday night to begin televising their formal monthly meetings immediately after taking comment from the public. Those comments, often critical of the school district or board, will be heard only by the in-person audience.

In other news…

Just call it “the ufz”: “Minneapolis Institute of Art curator to head Florence’s Uffizi Gallery” [MPR]

Sen. David Senjem wants sex-offender housing locations disclosed. [Rochester Post Bulletin]

This out-of-towners’ guide to St. Paul dining and drinking will probably be helpful to in-towners, too (not to mention St. Paul-curious Minneapolitans). [Heavy Table]

Simpler this way: “39 St. Paul schools offer free lunches to all students” [Pioneer Press]

“Minneapolis jazz singer Doris Hines, 91, dies” [MPR]

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Kate Brown on 08/19/2015 - 01:17 pm.

    That Italian Museum . . .

    . . . will it now be called the Uffda-fizi? Regardless, congrats to the new curator.

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/19/2015 - 01:22 pm.

    So let’s see now ..

    Four + three = seven?

    Nothing to see here, move along …


    W. B. Gleason, retired U of M faculty and alum

  3. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/19/2015 - 01:42 pm.

    Condescension in fly-over land …

    I always find this topic somewhat amusing …

    Many years ago (when I was young and charming) I applied for a job at a famous liberal arts college in the effete East. It was a great job and unfortunately I did not get it. They hired XYZ from Harvard.

    It was kind of funny to see that the interviewers were astonished that someone from fly-over land could walk and chew gum at the same time.

    But then I was in England a couple of years ago when “someone” was near getting the Nobel Prize and was invited for a visiting lectureship. To my amusement he did not get it, and to my delight Peter Agre – of Augsburg College fame, was one of the recipients. Not one to pass up a little dig, I placed the announcement on my cubicle.

    And then a few years later someone who had an undergrad degree from Duluth won this coveted Prize. Brian Kobilka – you can look this up – who is now at Stanford.

    Bottom line: in the long run, fly-over land is not a bad place to live, nor start a career of a scientific (or any) type.

    Bill Gleason

    ps. Let’s keep our educational performance and standards up! Go Auggie, go UMD Duluth!

  4. Submitted by Jake Thunderson on 08/19/2015 - 01:47 pm.

    If the Washington Post had published that map in February, no one from Minnesota would have complained.

  5. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/19/2015 - 01:48 pm.

    Eike hits a home-run

    The Uffizi museum in Florence is absolutely one of the greatest museums in the world.

    That he would head this museum is a tremendous compliment to our beloved MIA – now called “Mia” where he is curator.

    Fly-over land?

    To laugh.

    Bill Gleason

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/19/2015 - 01:56 pm.


      This morning’s NY Times had a brief story about his appointment. The headline referred to him as a “German Art Historian.” The story did note that he is “currently at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.”

      • Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/19/2015 - 02:13 pm.



        I heard Eike give a talk at the MIA – where he is indeed a curator – on the upcoming (at that time) Hapsburg exhibition. This is one of the best exhibits I have seen in forty years at the MIA. Kudos to Eike and the MIA director Kaywin Feldman, who also had a lot to do with this exhibit.

        The Guthrie, the Minnorch, MIA, SPCO, Penumbra, etc. etc.

        It doesn’t get much better than this.

        Bill Gleason, retired U of M faculty

  6. Submitted by Kim Munholland on 08/21/2015 - 10:38 am.


    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a President of the U who can count beyond the fingers of one hand? Maybe we need a new search here, too.

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