Minnesota is one of the most provincial of states. It's been said before that if someone once made a connecting flight in Minneapolis, we'll seek to claim them as "one of our own." And towns and cities often vie to be known as the "Home of ____."
So what it does it say when the Albert Lea Tribune seeks to distance their town from being too closely associated with Al Franken:
Comedian Al Franken is running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. We have heard people remark, "Hey, Al Franken is from Albert Lea."
Al Franken lived in Albert Lea for two years as a small child. He moved away at 6. While we and most anyone appreciate that the Franken family lived here for a time and we like other folks appreciate that Al Franken remembers our fair city, let's be honest here. He is not really from Albert Lea in the way that, for instance, actress Marion Ross is from Albert Lea or musician Eddie Cochran is from Albert Lea. Franken is from St. Louis Park.
As a current resident of St. Louis Park, I don't think we should let Albert Lea off the hook so easily. He's all yours.