Washington reporter who dissed Red Lake County will move to Red Lake County

There’s so much lovely irony in the news today that Washington Post columnist Christopher Ingraham has decided to move to Red Lake County in Minnesota. Newcomers spend a lifetime trying to find welcoming souls in the state, and all Ingraham had to do was write something nasty about the place.

Ingraham, who translates news via data, declared that Red Lake County is the ugliest county in America last August, even though he’d never visited. And then he doubled down when the Twitter backlash began.

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A few weeks later, he took the county up on its offer to visit, and was charmed by the hospitality and honored as visiting royalty, pretty much as most newcomers are.

When they introduced Ingraham to a cow, well, that’s all she wrote.

“I kind of fell in love with Red Lake County when I visited last year and we’ve always wanted to raise the boys in the country,” he announced over the weekend on his Facebook page.

Ingraham is going to be “one of us” while still working for the Washington Post.

“The plan is to stay for a year or two and see how it goes. I’ll still be doing my usual thing for the Post, just remotely. But who knows maybe living up there will inspire a story or two,” he wrote.

“We are just trying to find a place to stay, and once we have that ironed out, we’ll be heading out there,” he tells the Grand Forks Herald.

“The cows were lovely,” he said. “Hopefully, we can move next to the cows.”

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    Great story! I suspect there will be a lot more coming from this guy over the next year or two…

  • John

    He didn’t visit in January/February, did he?

    • I’m pretty sure Washington DC had more snow this year than Red Lake County.

      • John

        I went to school in Moorhead for four years (granted, that’s farther south, and probably has fewer trees). It wasn’t the snow that was tough, it was the bitter wind that blew across the city.

        That’s what I think will be the more difficult thing for him (and his family). I know I don’t want to move north again, and I don’t mind the cold most of the time.

  • Gary F

    I wish more out of touch east coast media elites would move to flyover land. They might learn something.

    • You’re talking about Bob, aren’t you?


      • Gary F

        Still not sure why he like the Cleveland Indians though.

        • That IS puzzling.

          Perhaps he just likes to root for losers, which is why he moved to Minnesota.


          • Pretty much because THIS guy liked the Cleveland Indians, and I looked up to him.


          • I’m sorry I was so flippant. I forgot about why you are a fan of Cleveland’s baseball team.

            And with that, I give you that photo of the great Bobby Orr from the “Hair” thread.

          • I didn’t take any offense. At this point, however, the thing with me and the Tribe is more about holding onto a bad stock. You can’t dump it; it might pay off as soon as you do.

            Orr was like nothing I’ve ever see and still haven’t seen. I’ve never seen anyone dominant the ice the way he did. It was a crime he ended his career as a Blackhawk. A crime.

            And he didn’t need a goon to protect him. He could do everything himself.


  • Khatti

    Guys he apologized already. This masochistic atonement has got to stop!

  • Rob

    We need to remember that his original story was based on data aggregation, not his personal, on-site fact- or impression-gathering. There’s less irony (eyerony?) here than meets the eye.

  • crystals

    I would love to think this is all out of a true respect and appreciation for Red Lake and its people, and rooted in a desire to truly become a member of the community. Unfortunately, I fear it is a book in the making and that makes me queasy.

    • ChrisF

      I was thinking TV not book but, yeah, self-publicitity for some sort of project was my first thought as well.

  • Eric

    I grew up on a farm in Red Lake County. I followed this whole story from its beginning, with bemusement at first (I knew from my childhood that this county had plenty of beauty to offer, especially around the Red Lake River that flows through it), and then with tears as Ingraham visited, and interviewed so many people I’d been acquainted with in my youth. The most colorful character he interviewed was the 101 yo Al Buse, who I frequently shot trap with at the Red Lake Falls Sportsmen club with my father and grandpa.

    I think he’ll like his stay, if only he realizes sooner rather than later that there is a dark side to Minnesota Nice. His east coast bluntness could be a liability. If he does move, I have a few people in mind I’ll send his way that can help him acclimate.