Journalist moves to MN county he called the 'absolute worst place to live'

Apparently he's had a change of heart.
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Last summer, Christopher Ingraham – a journalist for the Washington Post – said the "absolute worst place to live in America" is Red Lake County, Minnesota. Now, he says he's moving there.

The journalist made the announcement on Facebook Saturday morning.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208584673437087&set=a.1290022933456.2043329.1316707142&type=3&theater

Ingraham's article ranked every county in the U.S. by scenery and climate. To make the rankings, he used the government's "natural amenities index" – a measure that looks at environmental qualities that most people prefer (mild, sunny winters, temperate summers, low humidity, topographic variation, and access to a body of water) and how that enhances a location as a place to live.

Of course, Minnesota didn't do too well based on those standards.

https://twitter.com/_cingraham/status/633258943792447488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The article got a bunch of negative reactions from Minnesotans and Red Lake residents. So Ingraham decided to pay the county a visit.

The county welcomed the journalist, gave him a bus tour and even introduced him to some dairy farm cows.

Apparently a visit was all it took for Ingraham to have a change of heart. He even complimented the cows, describing them as "lovely" and saying he hopes to move near some, the Grand Forks Herald says.

https://www.facebook.com/chrisingraham/posts/10208585812985575?pnref=story

Following his visit, the journalist wrote another article, and he didn't call the northwestern Minnesota county ugly. In fact, he called it "flat out gorgeous."

He complimented several aspects of the area, including how proud people are of their rural region and how strong the community is.

Ingraham told the Herald that the visit played a roll in his decision to move from Maryland to the Midwest. He says he and his wife want to take some time to raise their 2-year-old twin sons in the country, the paper notes.

The journalist posted to Facebook that he will move to Minnesota in May and he plans to continue working remotely for The Post.

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