There’s something about celebrating Christmas in Pennsylvania that just feels right, and it seems even folks outside the Keystone State recognize this. The New York Post released a list Friday of the 10 best Christmas towns in the country, and two of them are located in Pennsylvania. Bethlehem and Strasburg, the first a city of 75,000 and the second a town of just under 3,000, both landed on the Post’s list. Pennsylvania was the only state to put two different towns on the list, and also was the only representative from the northeast states. The midwest (Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana) had the most states on the list. Bethlehem feels almost like a shoe-in, considering its name is central to the Christmas story. Incredibly, though, Bethlehem was far from the most Christmas-themed town name on the list: North Pole, Alaska, and Santa Claus, Indiana, are both extremely on the nose. Here’s what the Post had to say about Bethlehem: "Also known as “Christmas … [Read more...] about Bethlehem and Strasburg named among best Christmas towns in U.S.
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After a long career as a Navy pilot, Christian Myrah returned to his hometown of Spring Grove in 2006 to farm and raise a family with his wife, Trisha. It didn’t take him long to settle into the rhythms of this southeastern Minnesota town (his wife, who grew up in the Twin Cities, is still adjusting, he joked), though he confessed that it quickly became “a little lonely sitting on that tractor.” Myrah was plenty busy. He grew crops and raised sheep and cattle on his land; he helped his father on the nearby farm where he grew up; and he served on the school board. But he often wondered if there was something else he could do to break up the solitude of farm life. When Minnesota passed laws to help small brewers and distillers in 2011, he took notice. He didn’t actually know how to make whiskey then — much less sell it. But in one sense, he remembered thinking, distilling was an extension of farming; he could work with grains and add value to the crops he … [Read more...] about Why craft distilleries are finding a home in small-town Minnesota
Last week, MinnPost brought you a highlights reel of the most interesting local questions on ballots across Minnesota. Now that those ballots have been counted, we’re back to report the results. Minneapolis asked residents if they’d like to repeal a century-old ban on some restaurants selling hard liquor. Verdict: Passed with 72 percent of the vote. While this technically takes effect in December, the council usually only grants liquor licenses in the spring. Menahga asked if residents would like to a-) allow liquor sales on Sundays and b-) allow restaurants and hotels to serve alcohol at all. This came up when a restaurant called Wild Walleye asked the council for a license to serve alcohol — and the council couldn’t legally grant it. Verdict: Passed with 58 percent and 63 percent, respectively. Two Tracy questions dealt specifically with city government: One would require elected officials in the southwest Minnesota town to take a yearlong break … [Read more...] about Questions, answered: How voters decided on Minnesota’s most interesting ballot questions
AUSTIN, Minn. – The tall teenager with the buzz cut opened the museum door, extended a large hand and said cheerily, “Welcome to the Spam Museum.” Samuel Ehret is an official “Spambassador”at the museum, a hot spot for tourists who have a taste for the much-mocked canned meat that has been made here by Hormel Foods for 81 years. Samuel is also autistic, and he got this job because he loves all things Spam – its taste, its history, and especially the museum’s showpiece: a motorcycle that runs on bacon grease. He also landed the job because Austin is an autism-friendly town. Ten years ago, it became one of the first in the country to launch a community-wide effort both to reduce the disorder’s stigma and make local businesses aware of the special needs of autistic customers. It is also probably the only small town in America to employ a community autism resource specialist. The mission was “a grass-roots effort to improve our … [Read more...] about The Minnesota town that gave the world Spam is proud to be ‘autism-friendly’
Tim Walz The former Mankato high school coach and history and social studies teacher has been serving as a Democrat in the 1st Congressional District since 2006 and is making his first bid for statewide office. From: Mankato Running mate: Peggy Flanagan (St. Louis Park) Entered the race on: March 27, 2017 Campaign website: http://www.walzforgovernor.org/ Close Erin Murphy Erin Murphy is a St. Paul DFL House representative and nurse who spent two years as the chamber’s majority leader, running campaigns for the caucus. Murphy secured the DFL’s endorsement for governor after seven rounds of balloting at the party’s convention in Rochester. From: St. Paul Running mate: Erin Maye Quade (Apple Valley) Entered the race on: December 13, 2016 Campaign website: http://www.murphyformn.com/ Endorsed by DFL Party Close Captain Jack Sparrow Captain Jack Sparrow ran for mayor of Minneapolis in 2017 and is now seeking the governor's office. From: Minneapolis Entered the … [Read more...] about Minnesota Election 2018: Who’s running