Minnesota Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Friday, September 17, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours on the campus of the University of Minnesota and in the surrounding area.

Highlights of the Minnesota leg of the tour:

  • Things don’t always work out as planned.  I got to my hotel early and I set my clock to let me have EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP.  – Mind you,  most nights I’m getting 4 or 5, so 8 was like a dream.  Well, after 1 1/2 hours of sleep, my phone rings.  It’s the hotel saying I left the lights on in my car.
  • Evidently the parking lights were left on on my car.  I turned them off, but the car wouldn’t start.  I waited until 3:30 AM when I got up again and tried it again.  It ALMOST started, but wouldn’t quite do it.  So I called AAA Road Service.
  • After a few calls, AAA was supposed to be on the way.  They were going to call me on my cell phone before they came.  Instead, the dispatcher gave the driver my wife’s phone number and he woke her up.  Oh well.
  • When the driver showed up, I had to completely unload my trunk, as the battery for my car is located in the trunk.  Some cars are starting to do that as it removes the battery from the heat of the engine and supposedly increases battery life.
  • After unloading the trunk, I stepped backwards and fell over some of the stuff from my trunk.  Fell on my butt, but nothing was injured (just my pride).
  • On the bright side, the car started right away after being jumped.  I sat in it for about 15 minutes and let the car charge the battery up.  Everything was back to normal after that.
  • Weather. Once again, the weather held up for me. It was dreary  most of the day, but the sun peeked out a few times. A little drizzle, but no major rain.  I’m not complaining.
  • The campus was gorgeous.  Very interesting.
  • The campus was large and spread out, so I was able to occupy the 5 hours without have to retrace my steps very much.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to
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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Minnesota:

  • Minnesota is the twelfth largest state of the U.S. by area.  It is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.27 million residents.
  • Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state on May 11, 1858.
  • Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, the state’s name comes from a Dakota word for “sky-tinted water”. Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • Nearly sixty percent of Minnesota’s residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area  known as the “Twin Cities”, the center of transportation, business and industry, education and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now cleared, farmed and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation.
  • The state is known for its moderate to progressive politics and social policies, civic involvement, and high voter turnout. Minnesota ranks among the healthiest states, and has a highly literate population.

    Next stop, Madison, Wisconsin – The University of Wisconsin.