Duluth Better Than Minneapolis?


High Bridge by Randen Pederson

Minneapolitans are not used to being surpassed in many categories that start with the word “best,” but our defeat is easier when the victor is just as Minnesotan as we are. Outside Magazine (or voters on its website rather) determined Tuesday night that Duluth, not Minneapolis, is the best place to live in the Midwest. Who would have thunk it?

Without trying to sound bitter and sore about this definitive defeat, I’ll mention that not a single soul among my friend group didn’t move back to the Twin Cities from Duluth after going there for college; and Minneapolitans are way more stylish, have a better nightlife, have a better food scene and have the edge in beer quality (though admittedly not that large… Duluth has good beer). In a non-scientific poll with an outdoorsy slant, Duluth may have won; but Dulutians shouldn’t let it go to their heads simply because they cared more about voting… okay, sounding a little bitter.

Duluth Skyline by Randen Pederson

Moving forward, Minnesotans should be sure to vote for our semi-lovable Iron Range friends in their current battle with Asheville, North Carolina (which, let’s be honest, isn’t much competition). The other two going head-to-head are Provo, Utah (yawn) and Ithaca, New York. (Who? Oh… right, some college town.)

Voting for this round ends on Sunday, June 8th.


Photos by: Randen Pederson



About Author

Erik Bergs

Erik fancies himself first and foremost a fiction writer (which is his focus while completing a Master of Fine Arts at Hamline University). As for completed education, he attended Southwest High School in Minneapolis and later majored in both Religion and English at Pacific Lutheran University. He currently lives in South Minneapolis, but has also lived in Tacoma, Washington and Yamagata City, Japan. Erik holds a wide array of interests which he compliments with hair-brained ideas and, on rare occasion, thought-provoking angles. His greatest passions include travel, food, stories (in all their forms) and of course his fiancee.

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