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Amazing MN

State Rankings & Unusual Information

Lee Lynch

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  • Hardcover Book: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.50" x 11.00"
  • ISBN: 9781592987986
  • Publication Date: 2017-08-14
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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With less than 2% of the nation's population, Minnesota is a model for prosperity, creativity, and quality of life. This is a book about Minnesota. It's not the usual tourism hype about Paul Bunyan or the best bed-and-breakfasts. It's about the fabric of the state - its constant investment in the arts, its dedication to the environment, its balanced economy, its educational attainment, and, above all, its water. Water. In a world short of water. These 500-plus rankings and facts will surprise even the most well-read Minnesotans. Minnesota is home to: The largest Hindu and Buddhist temples in the nation. The quietest place on Earth. The largest sports complex in the world. The least likely place in the world for an earthquake. The safest drivers in the nation. If you're from Minnesota, send this to an out-of-state friend to explain why you put up with about 50 stinky days a year. If you're not a Minnesotan, come join us. We're the state of the future.

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"Minnesotans are brought up to be self-effacing and sheepish and hangdog about our state—it's the curse of Lutheranism—and finally Lee Lynch has broken through this plywood ceiling and come right out and shown how terrific we are. This is a far, far better book than I could have written." –Garrison Keillor, graduate of Anoka High School

"Must reading for every CEO recruiting to Minnesota. Eminently readable and delightful."  –Arne H. Carlson, former governor of Minnesota

"This book capsulizes why I'm proud to call Minnesota home." –Alan Page, retired justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Hall of Fame Minnesota Viking

"Lee Lynch has created a gift we've all been waiting for . . . This beautifully designed book will alter the perception of Minnesota more than anything that's come along in decades." –Mark Ritchie, leader of Minnesota's bid to host the 2023 World's Fair and former Minnesota secretary of state

"Shame on you, Lee, for letting our secret out of the bag. After reading this book everyone will want to live in Minnesota. We may need to build a wall around it." –Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former chair and CEO, Carlson, and vice chair, Carlson Family Foundation

"Lee Lynch is through and through our Mr. Minnesota. His unabashed love for his state makes him its foremost reporter and most artful advocate." –Samuel L. Kaplan, former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, and Sylvia Kaplan, civic activist

Lee Lynch

In 1962 Lee Lynch and Jack Carmichael founded Carmichael Lynch Advertising, which rose to become, according to the international journal Graphis, one of the top ten most creative agencies in the world. Lee retired from CL in 2008 and immersed himself in other businesses and nonprofit activities. He was a key player in the renaissance of the historic Hennepin Avenue Theater District in downtown Minneapolis. A civic activist, Lee founded or cofounded four organizations and was chairman of the board for nine others, both for profit and nonprofit. Lee lives on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis with his wife, Dr. Terry Saario.