The contagion threat, clear eyes and full hearts on the campaign trail, the joy of not having kids, ready, fire, aim, and if you can't honor a 91-year-old waitress, who can you honor?
Want a free trip to Fargo? Diss Fargo.
Reporter Mandi Woodruff of Business Insider has found -- to her soon-to-be-discovered delight, perhaps -- that it works.
In August, she wrote "Why I'd Never Move to North Dakota."
The job market. No one can simply look at employment rates for a state and count on finding a job in their field. North Dakota's economy may be booming, but that's mostly due to its mining and shale industry. I didn't go to journalism school to work on an oil rig. And according to Salary.com, the average reporter in Fargo, N.D. nets only a little more than $31,000 per year.
The social scene. Though the state has one of the highest ratios of 20-24 year olds to the rest of the population, its largest city, Fargo, has fewer than 200,000 residents. Although I do have a couple of friends there who claim they love it, let's just say they visit me more than I visit them.
And then there's that diversity thing. And the vibe, or lack of it, she says.
That ticked off the people of Fargo. A Fargo Forum columnist took particular exception and now the convention and visitors bureau there is going to fly her out to NoDak this weekend.
She's thrilled. Sort of.
I plan on hanging out with a ton of locals, checking out a college football game, the nightlife, the business scene, and hitting the streets on my own to see exactly why everyone seems to think this is the best state to be young in America.
As far as pre-trip research goes, just about everyone's ordered me to watch the 1996 eponymous film, "Fargo," and I've had some help from The Inforum columnist Sam Benshoof in rounding up tips from locals on where to visit. Later this afternoon, I'll chat with radio host Christopher Gabriel on W-DAY.
It's not the first time someone took a shot at North Dakota and got a reaction.
In January 2008, National Geographic's "The Emptied Prairie" suggested the state was full of people waiting to die...
What happens is that some people cash in on their property and move someplace warmer and easier. The rest grow old and die. There are constant funerals: One guy leaving the bar stops by and Perry asks him if he is going to a service, and he says, "No, I'm all funeraled up this week." Church attendance dwindles, congregations become mixtures of various denominations, and when those numbers fall too far, the doors shut. Sometimes a congregation decides to burn the building to end the pain.
The magazine followed it up a few months later with "The Ghost Towns of North Dakota."
That earned a sharp rebuke from Gov. John Hoeven ...
There is certainly growth and opportunity in North Dakota these days, but more importantly, there is a mood of optimism across the land. At the same time, we are working hard to take our efforts to the next level, and an article that showcases the spirit, inventiveness and progress we're making would certainly be in order. I encourage you to take a broader look at our state and help us convey to the world what North Dakotans already know: that North Dakota is a great place in which to live, work, visit, study, have fun, and do business.
Other North Dakotans piped up, too, in defense of their state.
You don't have to live there, but don't mess with North Dakota.(10 Comments)
Did I mention earlier that this was the last story from Bus 52's stop in Minnesota couple of weeks ago? Nope. This is.
In Waverly, Minnesota, women veterans who have returned from duty are finding the support and friendship essential to their recovery from the wounds, both emotional and physical, they sustained in combat. This healing is being achieved not primarily because of therapy but thanks to the horses at Freedom Farm.
The Latino vote is increasingly recognized as important in U.S. elections. The number of Hispanics eligible to vote is now up to 11% of the electorate. But Hispanics tend not to vote and not to think about voting to the same degree that other groups do, a survey out today says.
The Pew Research Center says 61 percent of the Latino voters surveyed say they've thought a lot about the election, an unfavorable comparison to the registered voters in the electorate.
The study also points out that the turnout rate for eligible Latinos tends to lag historically and it probably will this year, too. Seventy-seven percent of Latinos surveyed say they are "absolutely certain" they will vote this year. Eighty-nine percent of all registered voters in the survey say they will.
And the Voter ID laws that are in effect. Most don't think that will affect them, the respondents said. And most Latinos favor the idea.
One recent development that could potentially have an impact on the Latino turnout rate is the passage of state laws that require voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot. This year 11 states--Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Tennessee--have such laws in effect.1 Together, these states are home to 15% of all Latino eligible voters.2
According to the new survey, fully 97% of all Latino registered voters--as well as a nearly identical 95% of Latino registered voters in those 11 states--say they are confident they have the identification they will need to vote on Election Day.
The survey also finds broad support among Latino registered voters for voter photo ID laws; 71% favor them, nearly as high a share as among the general public (77%).4 Comments)
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