Hello friends from other states. Please come to Minnesota to visit. And you really only need to hit Minneapolis and a lake outstate and you’ve pretty much seen our state.

That’s my takeaway, anyway, from the new “Only in Minnesota” tourism commercial. No canoe? No reason to venture past I-694.

MPR’s Tom Scheck reports the state is going to spend $3.7 million over the next three months to lure people here.

You natives might notice something in the ad. There’s nothing to do in outstate Minnesota except jump in a lake and camp.

Here’s the breakdown from the commercial.

Camping somewhere
A park in Minneapolis
State Fair
Light rail in Minneapolis
Bicycling in Minneapolis
A park in Minneapolis
A lake in Minneapolis
A store somewhere
The Guthrie in Minneapolis
Como Conservatory in Saint Paul
Canoeing somewhere
Canoeing somewhere else
Standing by a lake somewhere
A concert somewhere
Golfing somewhere
Playing skeeball somewhere
A food truck in Minneapolis
Eating pizza. Probably in Minneapolis
Faribault Woolen Mill
A waterfall somewhere
Como Conservatory in Saint Paul. Again.
Canoeing somewhere
Minnesota Zoo aquarium
Atop Foshay Tower (I think)
A dinner party in Minneapolis
Sitting by a lake somewhere
The Guthrie Theater. Again.
Mall of America.
Camping somewhere.
Sitting by a lake somewhere else.
Camping somewhere.
Canoing. Again.
Same lake in Minneapolis as before.
Not sure. Might have been Enger Tower.
A restaurant in Minneapolis.
Como Conservatory. Again.
A lake somewhere.
A lake somewhere else.
Cafesjians Carousel at Como.
A lake somewhere.
Looking at the Minneapolis skyline, possibly from the Guthrie.
A store.
A lake.

What’s missing? The Duluth area, for one.

And last week, I stopped at the largest open pit iron mine in the world. Twenty-two years I’ve lived here, and I’ve never been to this. It’s like our very own Grand Canyon. Tell your out-of-state friends it’s just up the road from the Greyhound Bus Museum.

There are other commercials. There’s one with canoes, lakes, and soundtrack by Trampled by Turtles.

And one that’s primarily Minneapolis, with a cameo from near Rice Park in Saint Paul.

This one features a stop at the SPAM museum, and the Red Wing Shoe outlet. And lakes.

And that’s pretty much it.

If you were trying to convince someone to come to Minnesota to find or do something that’s only in Minnesota, what would be in your commercial?

Since the pope washed the feet of Muslim men and women at a detention facility at last year’s traditional service, there was plenty of speculation about who would be the recipient of the gesture this year. Now we know.

Ranging in ages from 16 to 86, nine of the 12 patients at a rehabilitation center were Italian, one was a Muslim from Libya, one was a woman from Ethiopia and one young man was from Cape Verde, Catholic Reporter says.


“Jesus made a gesture, a job, the service of a slave, a servant,” he said. “And he leaves this inheritance to us: We need to be servants to one another.”

The Catholic Reporter also notes that tonight, Bishop Robert Morlino of the Madison, Wisc., archdiocese will have a similar service. But there will be no women.

“The Church’s law says that only men may be the recipients of this foot washing,” wrote Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, a scrappy blogger popular with the Catholic right. “Morlino’s guidelines” — that his priests must wash the feet of 12 men or not do the foot washing at all — “do nothing but reiterate the Church’s laws, which bishops and priests are obliged to follow.”

So who’s correct?

Is the pope a dissenter? Or are Morlino and others being legalistic? What does the foot washing ritual represent, anyway?

The Vatican rule on washing the feet only of men was never addressed when the Second Vatican Council ushered in reforms that allowed women a more active role in the church. But, the Reporter says, many priests simply ignored the rule.

A Vatican spokesman, Fr. Thomas Rosica, said Tuesday that Francis’ decision to include women and nonbelievers was meant as a gesture “to embrace those who were on the fringes of society.” The official rules, he said, can sometimes be a distraction from “the profound messages of the Gospels and of the Lord of the Church.”

Still, this is the Catholic church, and rules are rules. Even though a Vatican spokesman last year said Francis’ decision to wash the feet of women and Muslims on Holy Thursday was “absolutely licit” because it did not entail a sacrament, canon lawyer Edward Peters said Francis set a “questionable example” by ignoring church law.

Peters, a blogger popular with church conservatives and a supporter of the rule, said it would be better to change the rule rather than risk undermining the rule of law by flouting it.

There are, of course, others who would like to see the current rule maintained and enforced the way Morlino does, and not just to maintain good order in the church.

“This is being used by those who wish to make a point about holy orders being reserved to men,” Ferrone said. The debate over the Holy Thursday foot washing, she said, “becomes yet another occasion for people who would like to see women excluded from the sanctuary.”

Three years ago, Bishop Morlino gave priests two options: Wash only the feet of men, or don’t perform the ritual at all. This evening, he will wash the feet of 12 seminarians.

The U.S. ice hockey team celebrates it’s gold medal victory over Finland, 4-2, Sunday, February 24, 1980 at Lake Placid, N.Y. (AP Photo)

If you won an Olympic medal in one of the most famous moments in American sports history, would you keep it and pass it on to your heirs, or sell it?

Mark Pavelich, the Eveleth native who won gold with the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team, has decided to sell his. Bidding will open later this month.

Sometimes, you have to let go and move on.

“The only thing is you’re limited to what you can do with these things,” he tells Yahoo sports today. “You keep it in a vault in the bank somewhere and you take it out once in a while and you look at it and you put it back in. You can’t put them in a house because it could burn or get stolen and it’s just gone and useless. It’s just an impractical thing.”

Which makes sense from a practical point of view.

But… it’s this:

Heritage auctions

Pavelich says he’s going to keep the mementos of his NHL days.

“You can’t say that you never did win a medal just because you don’t have it anymore. You always can say that you got it,” he said.

Pavelich now lives in Lutsen. His wife died in 2012. He has a daughter from a previous marriage.