When the sun is out, the air is warm, and the leaves are still on the trees in early October, fall is the greatest time of the year in Minnesota. The problem is it only lasts a couple of weeks, then the temperatures drop, the wind knocks the leaves off the trees, and the only game in town is timing things so the leaves from your trees are blown into the neighbors’ yards and they rake before you give in. Or so I’ve heard.
Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.