Welcome, detractor: Reporter who labeled it 'ugliest' gets red carpet in Red Lake


When Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham statistically determined Red Lake County to be the ugliest county in America, he got an earful from the locals.

Now he's getting an eyeful.

Ingraham crunched federal government numbers on climate and topography to measure "the environmental qualities most people prefer" in every U.S. county. Several counties in the Red River valley were near bottom of his rankings and Red Lake County finished dead last.

"I write a lot about contentious topics ... but I've never been disagreed with so much and so politely," Ingraham said during his visit to Red Lake Falls, KVRR reports.

The Grand Forks Herald reports Ingraham was met with a red carpet at the Red Lake County courthouse while a drumline from Lafayette High School performed for him.

Later he was picked up by a bus with a sign welcoming him to "America's worst tour," for a look at the county.

The Herald says a visit to a dairy farm and kayaking on the Red Lake River were also on his itinerary.

Much of Ingraham's reporting for the Washington Post involves scrutinizing data and revealing the stories told by the numbers.

But while statistics on climate and topography may tell us something, they don't tell the story of a county and its people.

The Herald says Ingraham acknowledged that his field trip to Red Lake County was valuable in that regard:

"It's a good reminder for me, as someone who spends most of my day at my desk doodling around on spreadsheets, that these numbers all really correlate to real people," he said.

Next Up

Target Field

Twins: Target Field to return to 100% capacity from July 5

The Twins are increasing capacity for its May and June games, too.

Bob Kroll

Minneapolis City Council committee votes not to provide Bob Kroll defense in lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Policy and Government Oversight Committee voted to deny Kroll indemnification in four lawsuits he is named in.


Pandemic program gives eligible households $50 off monthly internet bills

The Emergency Broadband Program was passed by Congress as part of a COVID-19 relief package in December.

Twitter -  Jennifer McDermed glitch - FOX 9

FOX 9 meteorologist's glitchy, laugh-filled forecast goes viral, features on Fallon

The FOX 9 meteorologist's clip was shared on 'Jimmy Fallon' and 'GMA.'

police lights

Suspects, possibly armed, flee after gunshots and car crash in Bemidji

Police say they may be armed, and are asking the public for tips.

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Spencer Silver

Chemist who co-invented Post-it Notes dies at home in St. Paul

He developed an adhesive that could stick to paper – repeatedly – without damaging the paper.