By Jim Heffernan
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(Photo by Derek Montogomery for MPR News)
Well, the big holiday looms.
As I venture out each morning to get the newspaper and mail, I walk through a canyon of snow banks, some of them taller than I.
Briskly walking through the canyons of snow, braving sub-zero temperatures, I’ve been thinking that this white winter scene is precisely what people from other parts of the country think it is like in Duluth all the time.
When I travel to other parts of the country – almost always to the south of here – and tell people where I’m from, they usually respond by saying things like, “Brrrr, it’s cold up there.” People in Minneapolis-St. Paul react that way. Never mind the people way down south. To them, these conditions are unimaginable.
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It’s a perception thing that Duluth can’t fight. We might as well just accept it.
So let me just take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July.