I have a nephew in Grand Rapids, and he is strongly GOP. He is in the same strangle hold in Michigan than I have in Minnesota.
Rural areas of Minnesota are largely conservative. Our MN Sixth District goal is to sweep all the state legislative offices for the GOP - 100%. It is actually doable. Not all Minnesotans ot Michiganers are dimwitted Democrats!!!!!!
I'll never get used to Southern heat — hundred-degree days aren't my thing.
But after spending three-fourths of my life in the North with serious winter blizzards in places where Lake Effect snow off Lake Michigan turned crisp cold days into dozen-inch snowstorms, it's kind of nice to see that the worst snowfalls around here are what I would have considered a nice winter day with a couple of inches of fluffy snow outside... ;-)