Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

What’s the Matter with Fargo?

(Andy King/Reuters)

I drove up to Fargo the other day, and I can see the eyes of the right-thinking people narrow: You . . . drove? The Arctic is ice-free for the first time ever in the history of the universe, and you drove?

Yes. Sorry! Took Highway Ten the breadth of the state of Minnesota, threading through small communities that must rely on cars because Koch-funded Republicans have cruelly refused to pay for rail systems that connect the hamlets and towns. Decades of pro-auto propaganda long ago convinced the rural people to abandon their horses for cars; I imagine the country was

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