Table of Contents

Amazing Minnesota, with less than 2% of the nation’s population, Minnesota is a model for prosperity, creativity and quality of life.

Chapter 1.

Basic Primer

Stuff you probably know.

page 2

Chapter 2.

Winter & Weather

Everyone has some stinky days.

page 14

Chapter 3.

Water & Environment

Water, water, water in a world short of water

page 34

Chapter 4.


Get up off the couch.

page 58

Chapter 5.

Health & Safety

Big hearts. Long Livers.

page 82

Chapter 6.

Literacy & Education

All the children actually are above average.

page 102

Chapter 7.

Philanthropy, The Media & Citizenship

The Emerald City.

page 114

Chapter 8.

Business, Economy, & Taxes

Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax the man behind the tree.

page 128

Chapter 9.

Religion & Diversity

More than lutefisk and lefse.

page 154

Chapter 10.

Women & Children 

Women and children first.

page 168

Chapter 11.


The curtain is always going up.

page 182

Chapter 12.


Many, many, museums.

page 192

Chapter 13.


Prince and Dylan. That about says it all.

page 206

Chapter 14.


Just try to get bored.

page 232

Chapter 15.


Build it and they do come.

page 246

Chapter 16.

Quality of Life 

It’s what it’s all about.

page 254