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I like Minnesota

November 4, 2009 - Nikki Younk
No, I don’t mean the Minnesota Vikings. But. . .with all of this football and Brett Favre nonsense going around, I thought I should point out the good in our fellow Midwestern state.

Mystery Science Theater 3000, possibly the greatest TV show of all time, was created and filmed in Minnesota. You remember it, right? Mike Nelson (or Joel Robinson in the earlier seasons) and his robot friends are trapped in space and forced to watch (and mock) hilariously bad movies. It aired on Comedy Central in the mid-90s and on the Sci-Fi channel in the late 90s.

Then we have that quintessential Minnesota TV show: The Mary Tyler Moore Show! Mary Richards was so hip, Lou Grant was so creepy, Sue Ann Nivens was so irritating, and the Chuckles the Clown episode was so funny (It deserves the hype). Really, what’s not to love?

Do you think the 80s music scene was all about synth music, Madonna, and Michael Jackson? No! Thanks to Minnesota, it wasn’t. Classic alt rock and punk bands like the Replacements and Husker Du hailed from the Twin Cities area, putting the Midwest on the cool map for once.

Minnesota is home to one of the best-named, best independent record stores in the country—the Electric Fetus. Seriously. Shop there. Thank me later.

For these gifts and so much more, I thank you, Minnesota.


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