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Report: Minnesota ranks as '12th sanest' state

Despite our political leaders running for president, a government shutdown and three horrific professional sports teams -- we're not as crazy as you may think.
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Despite our political leaders running for president, a government shutdown and three horrific professional sports teams -- we're not as crazy as you may think.

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