The Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Chris Riemenschneider took a poke at Sioux Falls in his May 4 column on Sir Paul McCartney’s concert swing through the Midwest:
For once, you may envy the folks who live in Sioux Falls. They got to experience the city’s first local Paul McCartney concert last night, one of four U.S. cities on his newly launched One on One Tour where he’s making his local debut.
Here in Minneapolis, of course, we saw the 73-year-old Beatle just two summers ago at Target Field. In a word, the show was huge: 39,000 fans, 39 songs, almost three hours and a trove of fireworks and visual effects [Chris Riemenschneider, “5 Reasons to Still Get Excited for Paul McCartney (Besides the Obvious),” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016.05.04].
I’ll say this: I’m envious of a fellow writer who has an even longer German name that offers two examples of the German vowel-combo pronunciation rule (when vowels are paired, say the second!).
Rising to the slight is South Dakota’s greatest pen-wielding knight, Senator Bernie Hunhoff, who notes that South Dakota is gaining population through domestic migration while Minnesota is losing. Amidst his own humorous ribbing of our neighbors, Senator Hunhoff waxes generously philosophical:
Who can say why Paul McCartney chose Sioux Falls as a tour stop? He reportedly wanted to include some smaller venues that normally might not be considered. Obviously, the singer lives the words he wrote so long ago and then performed in Sioux Falls — and 48 hours later in Minneapolis: “For well, you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool … by making his world a little colder.”
Or, as my pastor says, blowing out another’s candle doesn’t make yours shine brighter.
Lots of young Minnesotans are moving to South Dakota, especially to Sioux Falls. Some young Dakotans are emigrating to Minnesota. It’s all cool, as Paul would say. You can love both places [Bernie Hunhoff, “Counterpoint: Gee, Did You Have to Slam South Dakota—Again?” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016.05.05].
Remind me to use that on my middle-schoolers today… and maybe on some blog commenters and Trump voters who think they must denigrate others’ values to affirm their own.