At last official count, there were only 699 residents of Hendricks, Minnesota, aka ‘The Little Town By the Lake,’ so the idea of a “flash mob” isn’t a practical notion, especially given the weather these days.

Our pal in the town, Steve Hemmingsen, gave it a shot anyway today, sending out an e-mail to town residents urging them to head for the drug store. He didn’t say why, other than it would be fun.

He said in a follow-up email to residents that about 5 percent of the “ambulatory population” of the community showed up. Read more