From across an ocean, poet pines for Minn. honor

11:42 AM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The island dweller who penned a poem decades ago that could find its way into Minnesota law hasn't been shy about promoting "Minnesota Blue."

Cordell Keith Haugen says he's watching intently from Hawaii to see if Minnesota lawmakers honor his work by declaring it the official state poem. A bill introduced in the Legislature would bestow the honor. Some lawmakers question both the quality of the work and the need for a state poem.

Haugen told The Associated Press by email that he didn't press for the bill and was unaware until contacted by a reporter that one had been introduced.

But Haugen says friends from his native Minnesota have promoted it on his behalf. Haugen says he has sent the poem to state officials over the years.

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