Ten Interesting Things About My Community
I am going to expand this a little from what Carole prompted us. You are getting ten facts about my community. Whether they are interesting or not is up to you.
- I consider the entire county to be my community, not just the tiny village of 917 souls that is my mailing address. We live almost equidistant from three villages, the biggest of which has a population of 1,119. The middle-sized one, population 1,009, has the distinction of being the smallest county seat in the state of Wisconsin.
- My county has ten (10!) municipal libraries, one more than the county to our south, which has roughly twice our population (85 thousand to our 43 thousand).
- Many of the people in and around the little town to our north are of Danish heritage. At one time, a marriage to a non-Dane was considered a mixed marriage.
- My town(ship) clerk was recently charged with torturing and sexually abusing a teenage boy. Our district attorney in the county was arrested for a DUI last month near Milwaukee while driving a county van full of county employees. One of our deputy jailers was charged in November 2014 with sexually assaulting numerous females inmates over a multi-year period.
- The Minneapolis-St Paul area is estimated to run out of hard rock to pulverize for roads by 2020. There are several sites in my county where large basalt ridges protrude above the neighboring farmland. The struggle between hard rock mining and the rural life continues.
- Sen. Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, is from Clear Lake, a village in the southeastern corner of the county.
- A number of Minnesota celebrities have lake cabins in my county — Kent Hrbek, Angela Astore (former KSTP and CNN(?) reporter), Vince Flynn (oops, he died in 2013).
- Being so far north of the state capital, we feel ignored by state government. We are in the Twin Cities media market so all our news is about Gov. Dayton and the Twins and the Vikes.
- Games between the Vikings and the Packers are almost enough to start a Civil War here.
- One of our major industries is tourism. You have got to watch this video.