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Minnesota nice

This is my first visit to the US. Everything I knew about this country was what I saw on television or what I read in books. But thanks to the World Press Institute fellowship, I have the opportunity to see it first-hand. Before I came here, I stereotyped Americans as...

Mississippi reflections

One of the joys of being in Minneapolis and St Paul is walking next to the Mississippi River.  I didn’t know before I came here that the river flowed through this part of the world. (In my mind the river only existed in the south somewhere, courtesy of Mark...

ELY

Photo by Wilson Vega Sunrise in Ely   Ely An Eden in the heart of Minnesota A serenity of forest and water A beckon of visitors far and wide To canoe on its fresh water tide   Ely Beneath its canopy lies peace A place to cuddle and kiss Enjoying the golden sunset...

Land of the barbarian’s sword

Hello America, My name is Olavi and I’m from Finland. I’m staying in the USA until October, travelling around the country and learning about the society. It’s easy for me to be open-minded, because I already have a good feeling about you guys. That is because of one...

The hunt returns to wolf country

Gerald Tyler lives up at Ely, northern Minnesota, a town of about 3,500 people just shy of the Canadian border. It’s wilderness country, canoe country, and, most controversially, wolf country. Tyler is a retired property developer who put himself through law school,...

The lost wallet

A few years ago, when I came to America for the first time, I went on a driving holiday with my then girlfriend.  We went for a couple of days – New York City to Connecticut. It  was short trip to look at the autumn leaves. On the way back we pulled in to a...

Daybreakers – the Minnesotean Vampire Lifestyle

 Vampires grew to be the majority of the world populace in a movie called “Daybreakers” (2009). They were not hunted down anymore, but instead grew accustomed to living a normal “human” life, with the important difference, that they wouldn’t...

Getting to know each other

The first fellow I’ve met after disembarking in United States was Neha Dixit, from India. For the very first time I’ve put my eyes on her I knew we would get along. And it was not because she has tried to be nice or she has made me laugh with some stupid joke – the...