Minnesota is the king of state rankings. Is the state really among the best, or just among the best at getting good grades?

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Greta Kaul In February, U.S. News and World report ranked Minnesota third best state in the U.S.Cue the chants of “we’re number three, we’re number three.”That’s kind of what happened. Within a few hours, the governor’s office tweeted an animation touting our third place status, and mere hours later, Minnesota’s place was on a slideshow at the unveiling of the state budget forecast..@USnews ranked Minnesota the #3 Best State in America! Let’s celebrate! https://t.co/JJ1p5U7cl7 pic.twitter.com/9c992SW32l— Governor Mark Dayton (@GovMarkDayton) February 28, 2017That kind of spectacle is nothing new for the state (though it might have been a first in terms of gubernatorial GIFs): Minnesota finishes high in a ranking of the fifty states...

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