OK. I confess. I obsessively followed the big contest this summer, the Outside magazine Best Outdoors City tournament in which Duluth outshined 63 other American cities. I even jumped off my never-join-a-social-media wagon and posted comments. I believe the Outside magazine contest, including comments posted by voters, led us to two important conclusions, ones that could map our desired future: One, the paramount reason Duluth lags in population growth is our cold and long winters, both real and overstated. And two, Duluthians are passionately proud of their city.