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January 07, 2007


"We'd remember that if there's a toughness in southern Minnesota and this part of the Midwest, it's the persistance of the notion that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. It's not "macho" or "dem" but cooperative and practical, born out of surviving blizzards and tornadoes, of working in the fields and factories, of building co-op creameries, public schools, and the Mayo Clinic, of reviving grassroots and persisting in the face of impossible odds."

As someone who grew up in Cottonwood County, I would say this was a nearly perfect sentence about my roots. If I could add a friendly amendment it would read, "a district where grown men are expected to know how to use tools well." The one thing I still cannot get used to is meeting people who think they are superior because they are technologically illiterate.

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