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Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Jerry Holt/Getty Images

You probably know Alan Page for his celebrated career as a Viking defensive lineman, or his two-decade run on the state Supreme Court, or, more recently, his renewed push to promote equity in education.

But the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree has also gained a following for his tweets on pandemic baking.

  • "I was shocked," 75-year-old Page said of the response. "First of all, I don't know even why I posted the first one. The people who watched it and looked at it? I don’t know why they would!"

Given the popularity of his posts, we checked in with Page about his media habits:

  • 📱Device of choice: "iPhone 12 Pro Max. I'm a refugee from Windows phones."
  • 👇 First tap of the day: "New York Times app — I go to their Spelling Bee [game]."
  • 📰 Go-to news source: MSN.com.
  • 🎧 Podcast queue: "CAFE Insider"
  • 📖 Reading list: "Deacon King Kong" and "The House of Broken Angels"
  • 🐦 Most-used app: "It’s a little bit of everything. I’ll check Twitter, I’ll check Facebook. More likely than not, I won’t post anything. I’m more of a voyeur than I am a poster. I use audiobooks. And the Health App — I'll check out my stats."

This story first appeared in the Axios Twin Cities newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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