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COUNTRY SCRIBE: Beach culture


 We in the Upper Midwest see Southern California through the lens of television, and frankly, what we often see are a bunch of flakes. 

On the ground in Southern California, the reality is, yes, people here are  unleashed from the constraints we feel back home. And good for them. 

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Eric Bergeson

Eric Bergeson is the third generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn., a business started by his grandfather in 1937. He also writes a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota. He has published four books, including most recently Pirates on the Prairie, which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure." You can read more from Eric at his website, The Country Scribe