New Year’s Resolutions for Famous Minnesotans

We channel the mindset for 2015 of several notable Minnesota figures—expressed in the Japanese poetry’s succinct 5-7-5 form.


Minneapolis Mayor
Betsy Hodges

Won office but now

Criticism from all sides

Might try crowd surfing



Bull’s-eye once trusted

Data breaches mean unease

Hand out more Red Cards?


Governor Mark Dayton

Governor again

Feels like swimming upriver

What would Jesse do? 


Guthrie Director
Joe Dowling

A twentieth year

Helming the blue battleship

Aw, hell: Lion King.


Timberwolves Rookie
Andrew Wiggins

This team has a weight

No wolf howls can make vanish

Can I try hockey? 

Quinton Skinner is a writer and editor based in the Twin Cities. A former senior editor of Minnesota Monthly, he held the same post at Twin Cities METRO and 
has written for major national and local publications. He is the co-founder of Logosphere Storysmiths and author of several novels, including his latest, Odd One Out.