“Exotic” Minnesota

“I was debating whether to go to the Turkish-Syrian border this week or to visit my old high school in Minnesota. I decided to make the exotic foreign trip and go to Minnesota.”

–Tom Friedman, “Minnesota Mirror“; The New York Times (10/31/2012)

You may not agree with everything New York Times columnist (and St. Louis Park native) Tom Friedman says.

But, if you’re not at least aware of Friedman’s take on things . . . you’re not really well-informed (at least in my opinion).

In that vein, I recommend his most recent column discussing the various cross-currents evident in Minnesota politics today.

Notably omitted from said column:  any discussion of Minnesota’s recent governors.

That includes current Governor Mark Dayton; his immediate predecessor, former Governor (and Presidential candidate) Tim Pawlenty; and former Governor (and pro wrestler) Jesse Ventura.

A Democrat, a Republican, and a very Independent.

How’s that for cross-currents?

Three Pulitzers to Zero

Trivia alert . . . Friedman and I have something in common:  we’re both graduates of St. Louis Park Senior High School — and both wrote for the school newspaper, The Echo.

Whereas Friedman (Class of ’71) was only a page editor, I was Editor-in-Chief seven years later (Class of ’78).

He’s got more Pulitzers than I do, though:  3 to 0.

(I did say Friedman was seven years ahead of me, didn’t I? 🙂 )

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About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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