The commentary on overhyping the Bold North missed some important facts and, most important, some aspirations (“Overhyped Bold North undersells our true strengths,” Feb. 10).
First, that Minnesota identified as the Midwest before. In fact, until the early 1990s the predominant view was that it was the “Northwest.” Seattle, Portland and Boise were the “Pacific Northwest.” What’s the evidence? More companies than you can count being named some derivative of “Northwest.” Both WCCO and KSTP opened their newscasts in the 1980s claiming to be the best of “the Northwest.” There are reasons for this distinction, including cultural, political, economic and even linguistic (those of us from Lake Superior to Montana don’t talk like Midwesterners).
The author makes a second critical mistake. Culture is not the same as race and ethnicity. Just as many German-Americans up here took on some Scandinavian traits (and vice versa), so do new immigrants to our region.