T.J. Oshie, the start of the USA's victory over Russia, grew up in Warroad, Minn. Warroad is so far out of the way most Minnesotans have never been there. It's about 375 miles north of Minneapolis on the southwest corner of large and pristine Lake of the Woods. The little thing on the top of the state that sticks up, that's where Warroad is.
I went on assignment for the Minneapolis Tribune. We flew to Grand Forks, N.D., rented a car and made the 140-mile drive. If you hit Winnipeg, you've gone too far.
Hockey rules. Curling also is big. If ice is involved, it's important. Turn on the TV in the morning and you get Canada news. Pick up a $2 newspaper and it's Canada Today, if such a paper exists, I mean.
In Minnesota, high school hockey is huge, and Warroad, with a population of only 1,781, is a power. Gigi Marvin, who grew up in Warroad, plays for the U.S. women's team.
If you're looking for a vacation spot to which none of your friends have been, I recommend it.Nobody goes there by accident. Unless you're decidedly pro-ice, you might want to wait until July.