K-Shaped State

Minnesota’s northern and eastern regions have grown more conservative over the years, and Republicans won two House seats in the state during the 2018 midterm elections ” a rare bright spot during an election characterized by an anti-Trump wave.”

–“Minnesota Seemed Ripe for a Trump Breakout. It Has Not Arrived”; The New York Times (9/13/2020).

You didn’t need to see the newspaper banner to know that the journalist who wrote the article excerpted above is unfamiliar with Minnesota.

Ditto their editor(s).

That’s because locals know that, while there is “Northern Minnesota” and “Southern Minnesota,” and even “Southwestern Minnesota” and “Southeastern Minnesota,” there’s no such thing as “Eastern Minnesota” . . .

Unless, of course, the writer was referring to Wisconsin . . . 🙂

See also, “Check-in Nurse: “Have You Left the Country in the Last 3 Weeks?”; “Minneapolis’ Quirky Geography: Neighborhood Names for Newcomers (and New Drivers**)“; and “Calhoun Lake??” Is that by Isles Lake?

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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