Last summer, Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham wrote a story about the Department of Agriculture’s natural amenities index. Red Lake County, Minn., ended up dead last in the ranking, which was enough to warrant Ingraham dubbing it the “absolute worst place to live in America.” Now, seven months later, he’s moving to that exact county. (Insert record scratch.)

That can’t possibly be true.

Right. Well then.

This kind of flip-flop can confuse editorial boards that love their coastal cities (read: the masthead of any publication): What’s so great about Minnesota anyway? How can it be so magnetic that it uprooted and attracted a D.C. data journalist who’d just mocked the shit out of it?