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A best town to raise family

A Facebook post by Buffalo native and former Journal-Press sports and school news editor Sam (Lefebvre) Erkkila led your reporter to the Web address of the 2015 Niche Rankings.  Now working at the Duluth News Tribune, Sam expressed pride for her hometown, which is rated tenth among the 55 Best Towns to Raise a Family in Minnesota.

The top rated towns are Eden Prairie, Jordan, Kasson, Northfield, and New Prague.  Buffalo is tenth between Mankato and Glencoe on the list.

An assessment process was used to grade the towns.  Factors include: public education, safety, community involvement, and access to family necessities.

A Google search revealed a Niche.com list of the towns with the best rated school systems in Minnesota.  Delano is ranked third, Monticello is thirteenth, and Buffalo Hanover Montrose is fifteenth.


Dubious weather recap

Light rain was persistent over the weekend.  The rain gauge out on the deck measured .1 inches Sunday morning, May 24, followed by .35 inches Monday morning.

The daytime high temperatures dropped from about 74 on Sunday, May 17 to around 48 the next day.  We were in the 70s Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23.  The overnight lows dipped into the 30s by sunrise on Monday and Tuesday, May 11 and 12, and then steady rose into the 40s and 50s last week.


Thanks for the tip

Thanks, Carol Busse, for mentioning your husband, Tim, who is working on the new Vikings stadium.  See the feature page story about operating a couple of the world’s largest cranes at the site.