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Our View: Any of you in Duluth want to take credit for choosing 'you'?

So who was responsible for choosing "you" -- i.e., all of us -- as Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year? Why, Duluth, of course, according to a very narrow reading of the selection process as described by Time editor Richard Stengel. In a colu...

So who was responsible for choosing "you" -- i.e., all of us -- as Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year?

Why, Duluth, of course, according to a very narrow reading of the selection process as described by Time editor Richard Stengel.

In a column explaining the process, Stengel said he posted a videotaped call for nominations on YouTube. He identified one respondent as "Tom from Stamford, Conn."

The editor then wrote: "The people who sent in nominations were from Australia and Paris and Duluth."

He probably meant to say "from places including Australia and Paris and Duluth." But he didn't. That places Duluth shoulder-to-shoulder with the City of Lights, the entire continent of Down Under and Stamford, for whatever that's worth, as was responsible for one-quarter of the decision.

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Actually, it may be worth little except as a wildly successful publicity stunt by the magazine. But there is another MInnesota connection to the cover story that likely paid off very handsomely. The state is the home of the unnamed company (spelled with three M's, perhaps?) that manufactured the magazine's 7 million reflective Mylar covers and was sworn to secrecy before publishing, Stengel wrote.

Nonetheless, whatever went into the decision for "you," it was, in part, thanks to you.

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