New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman traveled to the Stanford School of Business this month and spent a little time talking about his native Minnesota.
“I know the world is not Minnesota,” he said. “You cannot live a decade in Beirut and Jerusalem, and cover wars and massacres and believe that the world is Minnesota.”
He said the state, at least the one that he knew growing up, had civic leaders who felt a responsibility to do more than just make a buck, and had liberal Republicans in heavily
Republican DFL congressional districts.
Does that Minnesota still exist?
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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