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Old 08-14-2014, 02:17 PM
Location: Milwaukee
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Originally Posted by peterinminneapolis View Post
I don't think it matters too much, but the driftless area starts at Red Wing Minnesota and points south. St. Paul can look like that because the river cuts through bluffs. Get any distance from the river, however, and that's gone. Within the driftless area, it doesn't matter if you are near or far from a river, it has bluffs. St. Paul and Minneapolis are actually on the south end of the Canadian Shield geologically.
Well yes, obviously, though somehow we are both "wrong."

The only reason it matters is because the heart and land-mass majority of the rural blue "anomaly" that is referenced in the OP is geologically in the Driftless. I don't believe the Twin Cities are as influencial on this area as Madison, to name one city. Twin Cities celebrate their lake culture and thus focus north (similar to Chicago/Milwaukee with northern WI). Because it's a large metro near the edge of the region, obviously it exerts influence. However, this vast rural blue-voting region is not as such due to the Twin Cities, it has its own distinct culture to go with its distinct geography.
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