My Adventures In ‘Minne-snow-ta’


Roy Exum recently wrote a comical editorial for the website Here are a few pieces from his article:

Several years ago I was an in-house guest at the famed Mayo Clinic, which is about 90 miles south of Minneapolis in the state of “Minne-snow-ta”…

It has never been lost on me that – every winter – about 15,000 Mayo Clinic employees battle the worst weather imaginable to take care of patients like me. So this week I checked on my blue-eared chums and they’ve already had 60 inches of snow this winter. Yesterday the wind chill was minus-45 degrees…

Mayo Clinic sprawls for almost ten blocks in downtown Rochester but the main buildings are connected by a web of amazing underground hallways, all brightly lit and warm and sprinkled with pleasant art so people don’t have to brave the elements and become lab specimens. But the next time you grumble about a “wintery mix” in Tennessee, I’m here to tell you it could be a whole lot worse. The Minnesota people are a hardy bunch…

It’s something to see. Every kid goes to school every day. One time I was there and the wind chills got to almost 70 below so the governor called off school in the entire state. What makes that odd was that it was only something like the tenth time they’d done it in the last 50 years…

To read the entire article, click here.

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One Response to “My Adventures In ‘Minne-snow-ta’”

  1. Carolyn Thomas Says:

    Hi Roy – in 2008, I spent five glorious autumn days at Mayo Clinic in Rochester (attending the “WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium For Women With Heart Disease”. More at: )

    I highly recommend that future “in-house guests” at Mayo try to get admitted in the fall! It’s so lovely then in Rochester. First, there’s the magnificent fall colours (which we don’t really get here on the balmy yet wimpy West Coast of Canada, where we close our schools and go home early at the first sign of the first snowflake!) There are the many strolling paths along the Zumbro River, and Mayo’s historic Assissi Heights venue with its stunning views over the city – all absolutely gorgeous in October.

    Winter?!? Minus 45 temperatures? Yikes! Those hardy Minnesotans who work at Mayo are made of sterner stuff than I am!


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