A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 13, 1973

The possibility that Minnesota, our cover subject this week, is America's most civilized state began to dawn on Chicago Bureau Chief Gregory H. Wierzynski last year while he was covering pre-election politics in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

What first impressed Wierzynski was the civility and fairness of the precinct caucuses he had been observing. In Chicago, he thought, similar meetings would have been punctuated by shouting and fistfights. Later, as he was packing to leave his Minneapolis hotel and return to Chicago, he watched an early evening news report "of snowmobile accidents, city...

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