The Hazards of Wishing

When we lived in North Dakota 16 years ago, the whole state had this love/hate relationship with its population.   On the one hand, they wished they had more people, larger cities, more economic development. On the other hand, they really liked being the small town state, a place where all of its inhabitants could comfortably fit into the combined space of Minneapolis and St. Paul.   Back then, the state was dying, you see. They were losing anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 people per year, and the addition...

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