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Why do you live in MN?

A sweet Twin Cities video asks locals “Why We’re Here.” Watch and see if you agree.

Why do you live in MN?

In the midst of the most, well, wintry winter in decades, it’s a valid question to ask: Why, of all the places we could live, do we live in Minnesota?

It’s also, at least in the testimonials collected in this short film, rather reaffirming: Yes, there is a defensible rationale. A darn good one, in fact. Which may help explain why it’s caught fire on the Internet, or gone viral, or whatever metaphor you’d like: We need to collectively remind ourselves—and agree—on this stuff.

But the short documentary itself, called Why We’re Here, may be the best argument. It’s very well-made by locals Susan Bernstein and Mary McGreevy, reflecting the bounty of film talent here, and features a very engaging soundtrack by John Munson (Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare, etc.), the man recently described at a dialogue on Minnesota identity and the arts as the lynchpin of goodness in local arts: the Munson Quotient.

See if you agree with the agreeably diverse, attractive interviewees, then offer your own reasons in the comments.

Why We're Here: Twin Cities from Seven and Sixty Productions on Vimeo.

Comments may be edited for length, clarity, or appropriateness.

Feb 14, 2011 10:59 am
 Posted by  frances_t

I am currently in Chicago for school but I can say with absolute certainty that these three years away from my home state have reminded me of all the things I love about Minnesota. The people, the parks and lakes (Lake Michigan has nothing on the love I have for Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun), the rich culture and love for the state's roots, and, of course, the summers. Nothing beats a Minnesota summer. I cannot wait to move back.

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