This state has very special meaning for Bing and me. We started our married life here and our firstborn son joined us in 1970. This is a state that was explored by Pere Marquette and Joliet for France. There was heavy fighting between the white settlers and the native americans. The state produces one tenth of the nation's food and its farms sell over ten billion dollars worth of crops and livestock annually. It leads the nation in corn, soybean and hog marketing and is third in livestock sales. The capital sports a French name.