"They love us — they really do LOVE us!" I had to chuckle after reading a (glowing) review of the Minnesota State Fair by a New York Times reporter. As much as we enjoy being tucked away in flyover country, Minnesotans (myself included) tend to bristle at negative reviews of our fair state.

Here's one list I'm glad we're not on: America's 10 Most Disaster-Prone States. California is No. 1, due to quakes, floods and fires. Then come Texas, Oklahoma, Washington state and Florida. Arizona comes in 21st (fire risk) and Iowa 24th (frequent floods). We don't show up, despite our hearty winters, icy commutes and occasional tornadoes. Those cold fronts have a way of immunizing Minnesota from some of the worst weather on Earth.

Today should be the best day of the holiday weekend with enough sun for low 80s. A T-storm may sprout Sunday; more numerous showers and storms expected Labor Day. Would you expect anything else?

No volcanoes, hurricanes, quakes or wildfires anytime soon.