Tuesday, August 7, 2012
in the heartland
Exploring my ancestral homeland this past weekend in Fargo, North Dakota and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. My dad was born there but his parents left for the warmer, more preservative temperatures of Arizona before I was born, so I had never been before. The Fargo/Moorhead area has the dubious distinction of being the location for the Cohen brother's movie of the same name, yet it has also been named one of the safest cities in America. People have the curious habit of saying 'hi' to you on the street, even if they don't know you. It's filled with small-town values and picturesque vignettes that are just begging to become campaign photo-ops. I'd totally go there again.