I have come across several local news items in recent days that make me happy and proud to be a Minnesotan. Our family has made some pretty dramatic work and lifestyle changes in order to get settled back in Minnesota. We have always argued that the air and water here are clean, and that the schools and roads are (largely) cared for as they should be. However, it has been a bumpy path finding the right professional situation allowing us to stay permanently, causing me to question at times our stubborn single-mindedness.
While living in other cities and regions, it felt more difficult to care about local politics, or to feel like getting involved in local challenges. I was less likely to trust institutions, feel the importance of voting, or to notice community resources. But when I'm here at home, I naturally want to keep the water clean, get to know my neighbors, vote in local elections, plant things, and make sure that we are caring for our soil. Especially in a political climate like this one.