In March, 1993, I visited Michael in Red Wing, Minnesota, where he and Karen were living. It was my first time in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Of course, my purpose was to spend time with my son, not to grind out another paper. In Red Wing, we bowled and went down to the Mississippi River. Karen drove me to the airport, and I flew to Vegas.
I returned to Minnesota in August, 1994, and Michael and I saw the New York Yankees play the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. We moved from the third baseline to behind home plate around to center field. It was blue seats and green artificial turf. The Twins won. We saw Yankees Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs & Paul O'Neill. I bought Michael a Yankees cap.
In Red Wing, we climbed Barn Bluff to look down on the town. Red Wing was celebrating River City Days.
There is a Scandinavian, Viking influence out here because it is where the Swedish emigrants ended up in the 1850s. The farms are immaculate!
Michael showed me his school, Jefferson Elementary.
The Minnesota trips coincided with my reading Vilhelm Moberg's novels, the Swedish Emigrants movies & Benny and Bjorn's Kristina musical.