Minnesota: Left of Center and Out of Place
“Minnesota’s boundaries enclose more than eighty-four thousand square miles, almost twelve thousand lakes, eighty-seven counties, five cities with a population over fifty thousand, and more than four million people. To single out any one characteristic of the state and call it uniquely Minnesotan would be foolish. But in combination, particular factors do add up to a state’s identity. In Minnesota the most important factors are a distinct political climate, three regions quite different from each other, and a divided consciousness.”
Atkins, Annette. “Minnesota: Left of Center and Out of Place.” In Heartland: Comparative Histories of the Midwestern States, edited by James H. Madison, 9-31. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.