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Brain-eating amoebas

In Minnesota we have some of the crappiest weather on the planet but as a benefit we’ve generally been able to avoid the unpleasantness of things like earthquakes (yes I know earthquakes aren’t weather), hurricanes, tarantulas, giant centipedes, or human bot flies. Yes, it’s colder than a “witch’s tit in a brass bra” six to nine months out of the year but we hardy Minnesotan’s rest easy knowing we typically won’t end up being the host of some nightmarish parasite.

We rest easy no more. According to Katie Drummond of The Verge Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways. I grew up swimming in many of the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota and now I’m fairly positive I’ll never dip another toe in any of these frigid waters again.

Tell me again why I live in Minnesota?

Yeah, I thought so.

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A Good Day

I went to bed last night feeling hopeful after watching the President get reelected  There were still major issues to decide in my home state of Minnesota and honestly I didn’t sleep all that great worrying about what I’d find when I woke. 

In a race that I thought was a lost cause, Rick Nolan beat incumbent Chip Cravaak to take back Minnesota’s 8th district. Chip Cravaak is a Tea Party extremist, a truly awful human being and did nothing but obstruct while representing the 8th. It feels great that we sent him packing.

Minnesota also said no to the hurtful, hate inspired Marriage Amendment proposal and no to the Republican party’s attempt to disenfranchise minority voters and seniors by defeating the Voter ID amendment. 

The Democrats also retook both houses in our state legislature. The future looks bright here in sunny Minnesota!

It’s a good day to be an American and a good day to be a Minnesotan.