I also started in Minnesota. at least the interest.
a couple of us in Sherburn high school formed a radio club.
no one got licensed but we played with radios and electricity a bit.
I went on to get 2nd phone by the time i was 21. joined the army.
got conditional there. went on to advanced 25 years later.
I have GROL since '85
I worked backwards from commercial to an amateur license.