National Geographic : 1976 Feb
I had watched, wincing, as Fran Bennett put her actors and actresses through two hours of excruciating yogalike exercises (page 223). Imagine being tied into a knot, rocking back and forth on the floor, and maneuvering your vocal cords through an almost endless series of sounds from what Fran calls "your basement to your attic." Culturally, St. Paul is a close rival of its twin, but its dramatics take other forms: The St. Paul Winter Carnival is the show of the year. But St. Paul, in its conservatism, places more emphasis on its venerated architecture, as well as on the treasures of its museums. Even so, it is St. Paul that is the seat of the state's liberal government-marked, perhaps, by high taxes, but also by notable results in education and social services, and in balancing the protection of the environment with the promotion of industry. To the East Coast and to the Far East fly planes of Minnesota-born Northwest Orient Airlines. North Central Airlines, from its Twin Cities home, brackets eight states and two Canadian provinces. From here the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Rail roads opened the Northwest, pushing their steel across the mountains to Portland and Seattle. Even (Continued on page 222) Minnesota, Where Water Is the Magic Word During the flood, the stillness of disbelief hovered over the Red River Valley last July. Here at Kragnes (above), grain storage sheds, right, awaited bumper crops; then 14 inches of rain in a week destroyed barley (below), wheat, oats, sugar beets, and potatoes, as well as buildings and equipment -a loss estimated at $95,000,000. But farmers have cleaned up and planted again, gambling on good weather this summer.