It has to be something in the water, something in those 10,000 lakes that makes Minnesota capable of fostering the deluge of personalities and cultures. What other state in the entire country could have been equally nurturing to Prairie Home Companion as it was Prince. According to one survey the state’s workforce is among the best-educated and with a higher standard of living as well, not only that, but according to multiple health studies they all live longer too. The phrase “Minnesota nice” really does permeate the culture and lend to some of the most unique places.
Speaking with Cindy Habedank of Visit Bemidji we learned about The Curling Capital of the World. “Curling has been a popular sport in Bemidji since the early 1900’s.” Habedank went on to tout their Olympic curling achievements, “Bemidji Curling teams have represented the USA in the 2002 and 2006.” Not an easy feat in any sport, but Bemidji knows what it knows, and curling is one of those things. The scene around the area is capable of handling all manner of events, conventions, and meetings, Habedank gave us this last nugget, “A common remark from visitors and meeting attendees is they are surprised at what a vibrant town Bemidji is. From major franchise hotels to art/entertainment and the stellar GW Neilson Convention Center, they are glad they came and will be back.” Bemidji is also an artsy college city, coffee shops and public art run rampant through the streets, it’s almost literally alive with art. Not exactly what you’d expect from an area with a giant Paul Bunyan statue.