Chief Justice Lori Gildea: The Twin Cities is not "real Minnesota" [MAP]

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Lori Gildea is a powerful woman who just insulted you.
The Minnesota Supreme Court visited Brainerd last night, as part of a "community dinner."

Borrowing a page from Sarah "real Americans" Palin, Chief Justice Lori Gildea took the opportunity to insult the Twin Cities, flatter Brainerd, and embarrass herself.

Fortunately -- or, in Gildea's case, unfortunately -- a reporter for the Brainerd Dispatch was there and caught Gildea's odd assertion.

"I'm so happy to be in real Minnesota," Gildea said.

Okay, well, maybe Gildea was just coming down from an acid trip, and couldn't tell if she'd actually been in the state of her birth. Let's give her a chance to explain.

"Outside of the Twin Cities," Gildea clarified.

Objection, your honor!

Gildea, you see, is originally from a tiny town called Plummer in northwest Minnesota, which, because it is not in Minneapolis or St. Paul, is also part of "real Minnesota."

In fact, every part of Minnesota is real. Except the part with, like, the State Capitol, the professional sports teams, the enormous public university, the cool music scene, the nice restaurants and bars... none of that is real. Well, it's real, but it's not "Minnesota," you know?

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Pictured: A typical downtown scene in Minneapolis, Not Minnesota.
According to the Dispatch, Gildea had only good things to say about her hometown of  Plummer, which she described as having "270 people, including my mom and dad who live there and it's never far from my heart."

Gildea's heart, you see, spends a lot of time in the Twin Cities. It is unclear what state the Twin Cities are actually in -- Gildea did not specify. As this story went to press, geographers were scrambling to remake maps of Minnesota, and the United States, to reflect the true location of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Early speculation is that the Twin Cities lie in some sort of netherworld, a den of gay friend-having, bike-loving, Democrat-voting hipsters.

Did we mention that this woman is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota? And that, as part of her job, she, like, lives, works, and rules on cases of serious importance to the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

No, you're out of order! This whole court is out of order! Hoo-ahh, Chief Justice Gildea!

City Pages declares there are only two options for the Twin Cities: Recall Gildea... or secede from the state!

In the meantime, City Pages' Mike Kooiman has helpfully updated the map of this area, which can be found below.

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43 comments
bjmacaoidh
bjmacaoidh

Good Grief! How Petty of the writer of this editorial to rag on this woman for being "real"! Anyone who travels and then lives in a place that doesn't feel like where he or she grew up will feel like a place that IS like that one where he or she grew up is REAL. It is a subsurface comfort that she just happened to express. She will have told people all her life, I am from Minnesota, and when she says that, she feels and visualizes the place she is from. That is Minnesota to her. Shame on you for criticizing someone for just letting her guard down for a moment and saying something not quite in line with your idea of P.C.!

Andrew
Andrew

Seriously though, it's a sound byte with no context that you all are using to jump to conclusions. Maybe she meant it and maybe she didn't, knid of hard to tell when the author only gives you 11 words to base your opinion off of. Another exemplary job of reporting by the great City Pages!

I live in the cities, born and raised. Also spent two years in a small town for college before transferring back home to the U. I can't stand it when people trash the beautiful TC, but I hate it even more when our self-proclaimed tolerant and erudite citizens slander our own city by giving in to unclear reactionary and inflammatory comments found in poor journalism.

That once great publication is now a bad blog, it's only redeeming qualities being the info on shows and art and Dan Savage's column. The call girl classified have more reliable info than most of their articles.

Leigh
Leigh

Just to let you all know, she said it as a sort of inside joke. There is a state representative from Brainerd who refers to Greater MN as "real MN" and she was borrowing the term from him. He was in the crowd. It's really more of a joke than anything. Way to get carried away, everyone. (disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the people involved, I just happened to be in attendance).

Molly
Molly

What a dork.  Figures. Pawlenty appointee.

Erick
Erick

Why didnt she just say "White Minnesota?"

Phoenix
Phoenix

Don't play into Gildea's divide-and-conquer game, where she plays "let's you and him fight" so she can hoodwink both city and country dwellers. 

It's the same one the local Republicans used to cut Local Government Aid money from all of Minnesota's larger cities, the sole exception being (of course) the Republican stronghold of Rochester:  http://www.bluestemprairie.com...

guest
guest

Re-name "Unreal Minnesota" to "Wiscee-N-Sota"

E K
E K

Minneapolis is the real Minnesota.  After all, 99% of the Applebee's in the state are within a 25 minute drive from here.

Who is Ceelo
Who is Ceelo

Does she not understand that nearly the entire state budget comes from the wealthy taxpayers (multi-millionaires) of Hennepin County?  There wouldn't be highways in the state if the metro did not subsidize the DOT budget.  There wouldn't be convention centers or state parks or anything.  You can easily switch the word subsidize for "support" or "create."  We create the State, you benefit, get that to your head ruralites.   If we seceded, we could perhaps finally create a metropolitan area of 3.3 million people worthy of the world stage that HONORS our Scandinavian ancestors, and not the backwards hickville fjord mentality of "Real Minnesota."  The Norwegian Royalty would laugh at the rest of the state.

B H Obama
B H Obama

Amazing! The open minded bigots. Real hateful. You would think the well educated would be willing to give a woman a break. From the article I suspect this judge is a conservative and deserving of the sexist elitest attacks.

Dukedevil914
Dukedevil914

Minneapolists shouldn't all be lumped in together, the whole downtown area is just not Minneapolis enough. I submit that the rest of Minneapolis is the REAL Unreal Minnesota, and the downtown area is just the Unreal Unreal Minnesota. And don't get me started on those bastards in St. Paul...

Tim
Tim

She's a justice - she gets to keep her job for as long as she wants it. Why would she go out of her way to pander so obsequiously?

haecceitic
haecceitic

Lori Gildea is an idiot and always has been.

and MN can get along a lot better with all the little butt cracks like Plummer than it could without the cities.

Erica
Erica

Plummer, MN can keep her. Geographics should not define the quality of a state but what would Lori Gildea know about that concept. If she thinks the Twin Cities isn't "real Minnesota". Maybe she should find a new line of work.

Mike W.
Mike W.

Sentiments like those espoused by Justice Gildea are part of the reason this state has so much dysfunction.  Did Justice Gildea happen to mention that some of the worst counties for poverty rates, DUI arrests, and domestic abuse cases when measured per capita can be found outside the 494/694 loop?

I grew up in and live outside the metro area, and despite my dislike of driving there, I also recognize that this state needs vibrancy in both rural AND urban areas.  We need each other, so casting aspersions like the ones heard from Madam Chief Justice do us far more harm than good.

She needs to apologize for the insult to all Minnesotan, not just the residents of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical District.

Alirox
Alirox

I'm from TRF -- the next shit-hole north of Plummer.

Everyone looks like they're 20 years older than their actual age.

Driving beyond 694 is like falling off the edge of the world....

Anonymous
Anonymous

Any chance she simply forgot the difference between "real" and "rural"?  The cynic in me doesn't want to give her the benefit of the doubt, but it also acknowledges people are stupid and sometimes say the wrong word.

Dominique Lewis
Dominique Lewis

I love Minneapolis, I graduated from North High School in North Minneapolis, its a very ruff neighborhood but not everybody living there is a drug dealer, gangbanger, etc...my family eventually moved to Anoka because my parents wanted a better life for their children. When we first moved to Anoka we were the only black family on the block and our first greeting was from a police officer who said he'd got a call that people had broken into this beautiful newly built house, so my mom had to show him that we were in fact moving into the house and we had a key which she had to put into the lock to prove that it was the actual key, that was in 2004, my family still lives in the same house and even when people tried to run us out of town we never moved and now there are so many black people in Anoka you wouldn't beleive it!! See not all black people are ignorant and lazy, some of us are tired of living in the hood, we cant send our children outside to play in fear that something bad might happen, so we move to the suburbs and even though we may not be embraced by some of the people there we continue to live our lives. I guess some things never change, there will always be racism and thats a tuff pill for some people to swallow. Just live your life and put God first, thats all any of us can do.

thrashmaster
thrashmaster

All multicultural urban areas in the Western Hemisphere are interchangeable.  The real deep-rooted cultures will always be small town and rural in character, whether that is Minnesota, Georgia, New Mexico or British Columbia.

Jason Little
Jason Little

Those of us from small towns can appreciate that there are advantages and disadvantages to both, and even discuss them like adults most of the time. For someone wish so much education, and such a high-profile position to make such a childish and unbalanced comment is simply flabbergasting. It raises concerns about the judgment skills of the number one judge in the state...

Elton Scott Bradford
Elton Scott Bradford

I think what she meant to say is that she's grateful to live in a part of Minnesota that has far less people of color. Sure is easy to pretend you aren't racist and classist when you never actually have to engage with the material realities of institutional and structural violence against working class folk and people of color. Right?

Jakefromthemetro
Jakefromthemetro

Yes please have Minneapolis leave! Than maybe Minnesota would have some money.. not spent on garbage. 

Albatross
Albatross

Apparently "real" in this context means "1950's."  But then why isn't she home baking cookies?

guest
guest

File under: Who cares? 

Matt
Matt

What the article fails to mention (and doesn't need to, but I like this fact) is that 60.0% of the state's population lives in the metropolitan area and 40.0% in the remainder of the state.

Sees This Every Day
Sees This Every Day

I am from the Cities, but currently live 20 minutes south of Plummer, in a tiny little place called Erskine. I hate it up here, and can't wait to move back to the Cities. Why? Because everyone up here thinks just like she does. They are snobbish, sheletered, and even though they call themselves Democrats (because they're all farmers or related to farmers), they're ultra-conservative and largely ignorant as to how most of the world of today moves and thinks. When we were debating moving up here, we were told (by residents) that it's a "great place, very family-oriented, great schools" ... Family-oriented turns out to mean they enroll their kids in every sport possible, so they don't have to spend any time actually talking to them and can go out and get drunk and hit on everyone else's spouse every night. It's really quite disgusting. I won't even get started on their "great schools" ... and I went to Anoka-Hennepin District 11, so that should be saying something.

Andrew
Andrew

I've been to Plummer. It is a dump. Good to see that she is giving back to her hometown...

Chadarmstrong
Chadarmstrong

You've gotta feel sorry for somebody who's lack of exposure to the rest of the world makes them think the Twin Cities are too outrageously cosmopolitan to be considered native. Was it the neighbor from Wisconsin or the neighbor from North Dakota who made her feel this way? Seriously, what a hillbilly...

No We CAINT
No We CAINT

Is this kind of like Herman Cain's joke to build an electric fence along the border.  If a comment is racist, prejudicial, or disrespectful, it doesn't make it any better to simply call it a "joke."

MRW
MRW

She gets to keep it until she turns 70 or resigns, which ever comes first.

Sees This Every Day
Sees This Every Day

Sadly, I'm quite sure she said what she meant. I've been told a few times since moving up here that, "the rest of the world isn't like that," in various conversations where I mention differences between urban and rural Minnesotan ideologies. It's almost painful to talk to people up here sometimes. I'm now basically a hermit, aside from when we go home to the metro.

Sees This Every Day
Sees This Every Day

Dominique, I'm glad your family stayed. I can't believe you had to put up with that in 2004. :(

Redmond Jennings
Redmond Jennings

Brainard and Hibbing have distinct, "real deep-rooted cultures" while Minneapolis, New Orleans, Havana and Santiago are all the same. Got it.

fisherfox
fisherfox

You are correct that local culture are usually more pronounced in rural areas (until the walmarts arrive) but if you believe that the urban areas are interchangeable then you surely haven't traveled much.

oZ
oZ

No, probably not, since most of the income comes from the Twin Cities as well.

Redmond Jennings
Redmond Jennings

1950's and white. Or if not white, quietly out of the way.

THN
THN

Who cares?! You should if you live in the Twin Cities metro area. If this is the Chief Justice's true feeling about Minnesota, she's not going to treat the Twin Cities very well when deciding law that impact such vital issues such as real estate taxes, funding for TC public projects, schools/education, public services, etc. If she's bias against the TC, she will make your life more difficult and expensive. Well, unless you live in Real Minnesota. Still don't care?

guest
guest

It's a quote that was overheard by one person, probably taken out of context, and not that big of a deal. Calm down.

Guest
Guest

I hope dictionary.com links to this article from the definition for "demagoguery."  And apparently "demagogy," for the Brits out there.

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