Saturday, January 23, 2010

A son of the Northern Plains helps you get it

I am a transplant and therefore a permanent outsider, but DC columnist Chuck Raasch was born here. This column ran in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and it should give you some laughs as well as some vital information. Here's a serving (which always comes with potatoes, btw),

"The guy shot back a puzzled look while mumbling something about the movie 'Fargo.'

I started to answer, but since the movie was named after a city in North Dakota and the movie mostly was about Minnesotans, resignation became the better part of valor. Why bother trying to explain the complex differences and relationships among Minnesota and the two Dakotas? Why get into superiority and inferiority complexes and the jokes about the wind, or buffalo chips, or 11 lakes and 9,889 mud puddles?

To him, it's all the Great Cold North, anyway.

Expat South Dakotans understand what I am saying."

I know they do, God bless 'em.

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