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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-19-03....Minnesota ~ "L'Etoile du Nord"
Mama_Bear

Posted on 09/19/2003 5:12:31 AM PDT by Mama_Bear



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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~ Billie, Mama_Bear, dansangel, dutchess, Aquamarine ~










Please join us as we take a cyber-tour of another great state in this Union of ours. As we discover and spotlight each of our 50 states we also salute the proud FReepers who call their state 'home'.

Over the coming months each "Finest" hostess will profile her own home state - I will be presenting all the other states in random order. Please FReepMail me if you would like to participate in spotlighting your state. I would love to have your input on what you would like to see highlighted.

These are the states that have been presented to date:

05-23-03 Alabama
06-27-03 Maryland
07-11-03 Vermont
07-25-03 Utah
08-05-03 Texas
08-22-03 Nevada
08-26-03 Washington DC
09-05-03 Tennessee
09-17-03 Florida

Today we are visiting "The North Star State", aka: the milk and blueberry muffin state. ;-)

Mama_Bear















The White-tailed Deer -
and more Minnesota state symbols...

Click on the Loon above to hear it's call.



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A bit of history.....


In 1848 the Minnesota Territory was formed by the US government. Ten years later, in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the USA as the 32nd state. The state gets its name from the Dakota word "minisota", meaning "water that reflects the sky." Minnesota's state nicknames are the "Gopher State" and the "North Star State", and is the 12th largest state in the US.

Despite the convenient access to the state, immigration was slow until the second half of the 19th century, when people in the east started to hear about Minnesota's woodlands and fertile prairie. Between 1850 and 1857, the state population skyrocketed from 6,077 to more than 150,000. Long before that, the Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Dakota (Sioux) tribes made the land their home. For them state borders were nonexistent, so their territory extended well beyond what is today Minnesota. The French claimed the territory in the mid-1600s. It became U.S. territory through the Treaty of Paris (1783) and the Louisiana Purchase (1803).

What makes this state important? For one, its waterways are vital to the state's and the nation's economies. Besides its quantity of lakes, it is the northernmost stop of the Mississippi River and the westernmost point of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which runs through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Minnesota today is a leader in farming, lumbering, and milling, as well as printing and iron production.




Click on the Capitol Building for some interior panoramic photos.
This is one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings I have seen.




Facts and Trivia
about our 32nd state...

(Yes, there will be a test.)


  • Minnesotan baseball commentator Halsey Hal was the first to say 'Holy Cow' during a baseball broadcast.
     
  • The Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields --- 9.5 million square feet.
     

  • Minnesota Inventions: Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda beauty products, and Green Giant vegetables
     
  • The original name of the settlement that became St. Paul was Pig's Eye. Named for the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, who had led squatters to the settlement.
     

  • Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.
     
  • The climate-controlled Metrodome is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.
     

  • Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
     
  • The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were done at the University of Minnesota.
     
  • Rochester is home of the world famous Mayo Clinic.
     
  • The stapler was invented in Spring Valley.
     
  • Private Milburn Henke of Hutchinson was the first enlisted man to land with the first American Expeditionary Force in Europe in WWII on January 26, 1942.
     
  • The first Automatic Pop-up toaster was marketed in June 1926 by McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis under the name Toastmaster. The retail price was $13.50.
     
  • Tonka Trucks were developed and are continued to be manufactured in Minnetonka.
     
  • Hormel Company of Austin marketed the first canned ham in 1926. Hormel introduced Spam in 1937.
     

    "My friend pork shoulder
    I return to you. This time
    I've brought mayonnaise."

    more funny "Famous Spam Haikus"
    by Michael Lubic

    Yummy Spam Recipes


  • Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people, more than any other state.
     
  • Minnesota's waters flow outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
     
  • The first official hit in the Metrodome in Minneapolis was made by Pete Rose playing for the Cincinnati Reds in a preseason game.
     
  • In 1898, the Kensington Rune stone was found on the farm of Olaf Ohman, near Alexandria. The Kensington Rune stone carvings allegedly tell of a journey of a band of Vikings in North America in 1362.
     
  • Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.
     


More about the Minneapolis Skyways...


Minneapolis is unique in many ways, but the skyway system is one of it's most striking, one-of-a-kind assets. When the weather turns sour, you can use the skyway system to get where you need to go.

One floor above ground, this system links buildings together with enclosed walkways. It connects most of downtown Minneapolis in climate-controlled bliss.

When the temperature plummets or the rain falls, ditch the coat in the hotel room. Explore downtown Minneapolis through more than 7 miles of glass-enclosed skyways. They provide a lively thoroughfare filled with specialty shops, restaurants and services.




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Last but not least, a link to one of my
favorite teams, the Minnesota Vikings!
Good luck this season!




Thank you to the following websites for information and graphics:

Minnesota History - A Chronology
Minnesota Facts and Trivia
THE KENSINGTON RUNE-STONE





Thank you for joining us on our cyber trip to Minnesota. I am sure I have overlooked many interesting facts and points of interest, so please help us celebrate Minnesota by joining in and posting what you know about this Fine state.

Have a nice FRiday and a great weekend!




THIS WEEK'S THREADS

09-15-03...Military Monday
09-16-03...This One's For You T Man
09-17-03...Florida - The Sunshine State
09-18-03...John's Two Cents - JohnHuang2


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1 posted on 09/19/2003 5:12:33 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; Aquamarine; ..


If you would like to be added to the Finest ping list, we would love to have you! If you would like to be removed, let me know via FReepMail, I will do so immediately.
2 posted on 09/19/2003 5:15:01 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: All

If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Dansangel; Dutchess; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; FreeTheHostages, and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, military personnel, and their families and friends.


3 posted on 09/19/2003 5:23:52 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: scubachick
Good morning! Since I don't have you on my ping list, you get your own personal ping. :-)

Hope you came through the storm okay. I never heard Charlotte mentioned in the news, so that is good. Fortunately, you are far enough inland so that you probably just got the fringes of the storm.

4 posted on 09/19/2003 5:33:33 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear

Coffee tastes better with blueberry muffins : )

5 posted on 09/19/2003 5:55:37 AM PDT by The Mayor (He who waits on the Lord will not be crushed by the weights of adversity.)
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To: Mama_Bear; .45MAN
Absolutely beautiful tribute to the state of Minnesota (((((Mama_Bear))))))

The fact that startled me was the amount of shoreline. When you think about it, the Great Lakes coupled with islands and so on would make for a huge amount. Wow!

And *SPAM*??? LOL! I'll have to check out the "yummy recipes" - watch out .45MAN!!

Excellent post - have a wonderful FRiday!
6 posted on 09/19/2003 5:59:02 AM PDT by dansangel (***Never Forget!****)
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To: The Mayor
Coffee tastes better with blueberry muffins : )

Yours sure does, because it's Finest coffee.

Good morning to you!

7 posted on 09/19/2003 6:00:17 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning! Nice layout Mama Bear, you're really good at this!
8 posted on 09/19/2003 6:08:36 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: lonestar; FreeTheHostages; jwfiv; Billie; Pippin; Libertina; JohnHuang2; Aquamarine; ST.LOUIE1; ...
Morning to the Finest!


9 posted on 09/19/2003 6:10:46 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Mama_Bear
Lovely job today Mama_Bear. I had NO IDEA about the enclosed skyways! Plus you enticed me to consult a map to see what was meant by more shoreline that CA and FL!
10 posted on 09/19/2003 6:12:43 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: dansangel; .45MAN
Absolutely beautiful tribute to the state of Minnesota (((((Mama_Bear))))))

Thank you. :-) :-)

And *SPAM*??? LOL! I'll have to check out the "yummy recipes" - watch out .45MAN!!

LOL!!! Isn't Spam funny? There are even several websites devoted to Spam Haikus! Everyone loves to make fun of Spam.

There is even a Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota


I checked out some of those recipes, but when you get right down to it, no matter what you do to it, it's still Spam. LOL.

Good morning (((((((((((dansy and .45 Man))))))))))))))!

11 posted on 09/19/2003 6:18:41 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear

Lake Superior Facts

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake - a huge, rock-bound lake that is capable of piling ice high against the shore, and producing ocean sized currents and waves. Waves as large as 31 feet have been recorded, and Lake Superior is the grave of more than 325 ships. Lying between the 47th and 49th parallels of latitude, it stretches 380 miles east to west and 160 miles across at its widest. The big lake has 2900 miles of shoreline, 31820 square miles of surface area, an average depth of 489 feet and a maximum sounding depth of 1333 feet. Water clarity is incredible, with visibility recorded to as much as 65 to 75 feet. Average water temperature is 40º F and it can effect a difference in air temperature as much as 20º F as far as 20 miles from its shores.

Lake Superior Geology

Lake Superior is located in a downward fold, or trough, of Precambrian rock. The basin resulted from a combination of geologic events. The gradual processes that formed the Lake Superior basin began during the Late Precambrian Period some 1150 million years ago when the earth's crust split apart, with great floods of molten rock spewing forth on the surface as lava flows or cooling off and hardening below. This activity continued for some 20 million years. As the flows congealed into new earth crust, the bedrock beneath gradually sank, tilting the overlying mass eastward. The depression continued to sink even after the volcanic period, developing into an impressive basin. Wind and water erosion over the next millions of years laid down a thick layer of mud, sand, and gravel until the basin was a broad low plain. About a million years ago, the great glaciers of the Ice Age began their slow work of carving the coast. Four successive waves of mile-thick ice gouged out the basin, exposing the intricate and varied volcanic formations of the basin rim while depositing the sediments hundreds of miles to the southeast. During glacial retreat, meltwaters filled this basin far above present levels. The Lake Superior of that time (about 12,000 years ago) is called Glacial Lake Duluth by geologists. As outlets to the south and east opened, the lake level subsided. Eventually the lake reached its present surface elevation of 602 feet above sea level.

Virtually all of the bedrock of the North Shore consists of Upper Precambrian volcanic rocks poured out from a giant rift about 1.1 billion years ago, as the continent started to tear itself apart. A few intrusive rocks exist, such as the massive jointed sill at Silver Cliff, and irregular intrusive bodies such as the diabase at Silver Bay and Beaver Bay. These diabase bodies host very large inclusions, such as the white one that Split Rock Light House is built upon

12 posted on 09/19/2003 6:20:01 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Mama_Bear
I checked out some of those recipes, but when you get right down to it, no matter what you do to it, it's still Spam. LOL.

I agree! :-)

Kind of like - and I know I'm going to get flamed for this - grits. You *can't* do a whole lot with grits!

13 posted on 09/19/2003 6:22:48 AM PDT by dansangel (***Never Forget!****)
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To: Aquamarine
Nice layout Mama Bear, you're really good at this!

Awwww........thank you. :-)

Good morning, sistah Aqua. Happy FRiday to you!

14 posted on 09/19/2003 6:24:04 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Calpernia
Good morning, Calpernia!

I had NO IDEA about the enclosed skyways!

Isn't that the most creative idea? People shopping in downtown Minneapolis just don't need to deal with the weather at all.

Did you get much of the hurricane up your way?

15 posted on 09/19/2003 6:31:05 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; All
PING!!!!!!!!!!! Click here for a great story.

Greetings from Iceland and all us Sailors, Airmen, and Soldiers serving here!

16 posted on 09/19/2003 6:32:23 AM PDT by Long Cut (Even in Summertime, Iceland is COLD!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; SpookBrat; nicmarlo; LadyX; Pippin
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Friday !!

note to self: no wellstone posts here today ...


17 posted on 09/19/2003 6:36:13 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Long Cut
Why is it that Greenland is more icy than green, and the Iceland is more green that ice ?? :O)

My Dad was stationed in Thule 'Top of the World', Greenland and Goose Bay, Labrador in 1964 ...


18 posted on 09/19/2003 6:39:44 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama_Bear and all. Hurricane Isabel paid us a visit last night and deposited This 75-year-old spruce tree in our front yard.

The beautiful tree had graced the mini-park across from us until this hussy--obviously a Democrat-- did her dirty work.

19 posted on 09/19/2003 6:41:13 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Calpernia
Thanks for the post about Lake Superior. So many interesting facts!

Waves as large as 31 feet have been recorded, and Lake Superior is the grave of more than 325 ships.

Wow! I have never seen any of the Great Lakes, but it is hard to imagine lakes that are so huge they are like oceans.

I was wondering which lake is the eternal resting place of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and it is Lake Superior.

The sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald - November 10, 197

"The lake it is said never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy."

20 posted on 09/19/2003 6:41:16 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
G'morning, (((((((((Mama_Bear))))))))))

Superb layout!

21 posted on 09/19/2003 6:44:11 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Mama_Bear
>>>Did you get much of the hurricane up your way?

Just a windy we mess. No problem at all since this hurricane was such a monster. I'm about to go out now to clean up the yard and fix some plants.
22 posted on 09/19/2003 6:47:02 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Temple Owl
Front lawn is better than landing on the house! Can you using the wood for firewood?
23 posted on 09/19/2003 6:49:00 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Mama_Bear
LOL!

>>>>>Waves as large as 31 feet have been recorded, and Lake Superior is the grave of more than 325 ships.

That is the SAME sentence that caught MY eye!
24 posted on 09/19/2003 6:49:49 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Calpernia; Mama_Bear
>>>Just a windy we mess

That was suppose to be a windy wet mess!

I'm off to clean the backyard. Be back later.
25 posted on 09/19/2003 6:50:59 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Aquamarine; dansangel; The Mayor; Calpernia; MeeknMing; Temple Owl
A hardy G'morning to all y'all :-)

Calperinia, great to see you made it through Isabel okay.

26 posted on 09/19/2003 6:51:02 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Long Cut
Thank you for that link.

It is heartwarming to read about the guard's dedication and to know that they consider their vigil in guarding the tombs an honor. May we always cherish the memory our military who gave all.

Warm greetings to you, way up there in Iceland. :-)

27 posted on 09/19/2003 6:51:47 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: JohnHuang2
A hardy G'morning to all y'all :-)

And to you too!

28 posted on 09/19/2003 6:58:31 AM PDT by The Mayor (He who waits on the Lord will not be crushed by the weights of adversity.)
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To: Temple Owl
Oh, my goodness!

I wouldn't have thought the storm would still be causing damage by the time it got all the way up to Pennsylvania. But, in looking at the weather maps, Isabel was one HUGE hurricane. Fortunately, it did not hit with category 5 force. As a category 2 hurricane, it did enough damage as it was.

29 posted on 09/19/2003 7:01:36 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: MeeknMing
Hey there, Meekie. Happy FRiday to you!
30 posted on 09/19/2003 7:03:44 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good Morning FRiends

Coffee's on


31 posted on 09/19/2003 7:04:46 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: Temple Owl
Front lawn is better than landing on the house! Can you using the wood for firewood?

You are so right! The township workers are out there now clearing the stuff away. I guess we will keep some of it for the fireplace though.

32 posted on 09/19/2003 7:06:01 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: JohnHuang2
Superb layout!

Thank you so much! I try to do with graphics what you so expertly and eloquently do with words.

Yesterday's "Two Cents" was your best.......(and will remain so until your next one which will surely surpass it.) :-)

((((((((((((((JH2)))))))))))))))))

33 posted on 09/19/2003 7:11:10 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Yesterday's "Two Cents" was your best.......(and will remain so until your next one which will surely surpass it.)

Aw, shucks! Cut that out! ;-)

((((((((((((((Mama_Bear)))))))))))))))))

34 posted on 09/19/2003 7:12:48 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: GailA
G'morning, friend
35 posted on 09/19/2003 7:13:21 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Calpernia
Just a windy we mess. No problem at all since this hurricane was such a monster. I'm about to go out now to clean up the yard and fix some plants.

Well, that's good. I'm glad you didn't suffer any serious damage.

36 posted on 09/19/2003 7:13:43 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: GailA; dansangel
Gail has arrived with our biscuits and gravy! Now we need someone to bring some yummy grits for dansy and Eggs Benedict with a side of crisp bacon for me. Along with the blueberry muffins, we are putting together a rather nice little breakfast buffet. :-)

Happy FRiday!

37 posted on 09/19/2003 7:19:05 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Calpernia
Good morning. See you are dry.
38 posted on 09/19/2003 7:19:33 AM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans!)
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To: Aeronaut; The Thin Man
Okay, so where is aeronaut?? And, TTM??

We missed your early morning flyover, aeronaut...of all days to be off flying somewhere else, the day your state is in the spotlight!

TTM, I tried to do an extra special 'error free' good job on Minnesota, just for you.......and aeronaut. :-)

39 posted on 09/19/2003 7:30:41 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Nice tribute Mama Bear! Minnesota is an outstanding place to live, and it ranks in the top two or three in the country in most every measure of health, wealth, education, security and recreation. (Taxes too, unfortunately). Best of all, Minny is becoming MORE conservative and MORE Republican.

But enough shout outs about the state. Shhhhhhh! Everybody thinks we're frozen solid up here, and we don't want to dispel that notion.

40 posted on 09/19/2003 7:51:16 AM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: Calpernia
Front lawn is better than landing on the house! Can you using the wood for firewood? You are so right! The township workers are out there now clearing the stuff away. I guess we will keep some of it for the fireplace though.

For some reason I ended up sending this to myself. I think I'm still a little groggy from Isabel.

41 posted on 09/19/2003 7:58:05 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi Lori. A quick in and out this morning...getting ready for a meeting but had to tell you what a great thread this is today. Visually pleasing and very educational. Never thought I would want to visit Minnisota but it sounds beautiful! Will stop back later.

(((((((mama_bear)))))))
42 posted on 09/19/2003 8:06:13 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess
Never thought I would want to visit Minnisota but it sounds beautiful!

It's funny, every state I spotlight is where I want to visit next. They are all interesting and beautiful in their own way. I just can't imagine 10,000 lakes in one state!

As always, thank you for your sweet compliments. I hope you have a wonderful FRiday.

43 posted on 09/19/2003 8:24:34 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; dansangel
Span the other ahh, white er.. red ahhh red and white..... grey .... Well the other color meat?
44 posted on 09/19/2003 8:40:44 AM PDT by .45MAN (Just say Why!)
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To: ArneFufkin
Best of all, Minny is becoming MORE conservative and MORE Republican.

That is wonderful! I SO wish I could say the same for my poor beleaguered California.

I have found Minnesota to be one of the most interesting states. I had to leave a lot out of this profile, but I discovered there were many inventions that originated in your state. You've got some very smart people up there. And, that climate controlled skyway system in Minneapolis is a brilliant idea, especially since you spend so much of the time frozen up there.

Your state capitol building is beautiful too!

Shhhhhhh! Everybody thinks we're frozen solid up here.

Well, you're right, that's what I've always thought. I am not about to relocate there, but I will visit in the summer and bring my tourist dollars, how's that? ;-)

45 posted on 09/19/2003 8:47:15 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: .45MAN; dansangel
Spam the other ahh, white er.. red ahhh red and white..... grey .... Well the other color meat?

LOL!!!

Another funny Spam Haiku....

Pink tender morsel
Glistening with salty gel
What the h*ll is it?

Just makes you want to pop open a can, huh? LOL

46 posted on 09/19/2003 8:51:40 AM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning, Lori - I think I have a new favorite of your state threads. Love these soft grey colors. Five years ago, my sister and her daughter - who claim shopping as their vocation :) - were given a birthday shopping spree trip to the Mall of Americas! They've shopped in every mall in Texas - only fitting they should 'do' the big one! :)


47 posted on 09/19/2003 8:56:42 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ArneFufkin; Aeronaut; The Thin Man
Texas ((((((Hugs))))) to a Few of Minnesota's Finest, Arne and Aeronaut! (Oh, and you too, T Man) :)


48 posted on 09/19/2003 9:06:57 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear; dansangel
The house that Spam built
with cans I can count
we won't starve
but it sure stinks.
49 posted on 09/19/2003 9:09:20 AM PDT by .45MAN (spam in a can, I'd rather have green eggs and ham.)
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To: Mama_Bear; dansangel; WVNan; Calpernia; MEG33; Aquamarine; dutchess; Billie; FreeTheHostages; ...
"I checked out some of those recipes, but when you get right down to it, no matter what you do to it, it's still Spam. LOL."

Hey - don't knock it!
In the early 50's, it was a new military bride's salvation - cheap inexpensive, and easy to doctor.

You could fry it - cube it and mix in with macaroni and cheese - or slice it - sprinkle brown sugar on it - add crushed pineapple and bake it, and one produced 'Trew Gormay Dining'..:))

Did ya ever do that, MEG??
Oops - forgot you were an 'Occifer's Wife' and could afford Treet...:))

50 posted on 09/19/2003 9:10:45 AM PDT by LadyX (((( Count your blessings - not your woes ))))
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