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Finding Sweden in Minnesota and realizing that presidential candidates better kiss Cuban babies in Miami

Finding Sweden in Minnesota and realizing that presidential candidates better kiss Cuban babies in Miami

ELY, MINNESOTA and MIAMI, FLORIDA 

Just a few weeks ago we were nine international journalists in the wilderness area close to the small town of Ely in northern Minnesota, just a few hours south of the Canadian border.

The surroundings are the spitting image of the Swedish forests in my neighboring country. Mind you, when I drive north of the flatter cultivated part, the scenery slowly becomes more raw and hilly.

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Diabetes deep fried on a stick

Diabetes deep fried on a stick

In one of the early books of the series Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura's father Charles Ingalls travels hundreds of miles away to find work after grasshoppers destroyed their crops.

It’s around Christmas and on the way back he gets caught in a horrendous blizzard. He survived by digging himself into a snow bank and by eating all the Christmas candy he bought for Laura and Mary. At one point the blizzard lulls and he spots the light from a lamp in a window and realizes that he is just a few meters from his house.

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Who makes the clown laugh?

According to film director Brian Levant, who worked with Robin Williams when his career took of, everyone was stunned by his energy and creativity. But Levant also remembers how Williams fueled himself with drugs.

"Every time he'd sneeze, he'd say, “there goes a hundred bucks.” You'd never know it on show night, though. An audience was really his drug of choice, and he'd dazzle them."

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