Tuesday, February 16, 2016


There is snow on the ground right now, but the temps this week are going to be above freezing, and rain is predicted. The ice sculptures in Rice Park, done every year for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, were half-melted when I saw them; and ice fishing events have been cancelled in many places in Minnesota, because the ice on lakes is too thin.

Minnesota has always been a winter state. It looks best -- most natural and like itself -- with ice and snow. But that's ending. I wonder what it will do to the Minnesota personality, which has been shaped by the weather. Minnesotans tend to co-operate, because winter forced them to. Traditionally, we've had one big enemy, and it was weather, not other people.


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