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#1 Making Snow:

When it gets -8 degrees Fahrenheit, take some warm water (not hot, not cold), throw it up into the air. You get snow. Cool huh?  (There's more to it than this, obviously... you can't throw a whole pot of water up or you're gonna get wet. A spray bottle or mister works especially well.)

#2 People Hate the Cold:

I assumed people up here all love the cold weather, or are at least used to it. So it constantly surprises me to hear people complain about it, just like they did back in South Carolina, when it dropped below 50F. Granted, now it's dropping below -10F but still...

#3 Minnesota Nice

People who aren't from around here, myself included, often marvel at just how nice everyone is. It's a fact. Apparently there's a term for it, it's called Minnesota Nice. You hear a lot about Southern Manners and Southern Charm, but I can't tell you how many times I've held the door open for someone back in SC and they just waltzed right through without even so much as a smile. That may happen up here, but it hasn't yet... without fail, every single time I hold the door for someone, they smile, say thank you, and even grab the next one if there's more than one. It's great to live somewhere where people are so nice, even if they can't handle the cold... :)

#4 You Have Traffic Lights On Your On-ramps?

This was definitely a new one for me. Not only do they have stoplights on the onramp, but most ramps have one on each side, and people actually take turns. (In all fairness, the lamp cycles are staggered, but still...) In SC that's just double the opportunity to run a red light.

#5 Traffic

As long as I'm on the subject of traffic, I can't help but chuckle every time someone fusses about how bad traffic has gotten here. If I can get from work to home in under half an hour, I'm definitely not complaining. I may have lived in SC, but I drove in Atlanta enough times to know you couldn't pay me enough to move there and fight that traffic every day. OMG it was bad. Even with 5+ lanes in EACH direction there were times traffic was at a complete standstill. One time it took me 4 HOURS (no joke) just to get to dinner.

#6 Businesses

There's a hell of a lot of businesses based up here. Not just small ones, but big stores like Best Buy, Target, etc... are all headquartered here. I have no idea why, but if I had to guess I'd say it's probably tax related.


Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 12:21 AM General Interest | Back to top

Comments on this post: Things I've learned from living in Minnesota (so far)

# re: Things I've learned from living in Minnesota (so far)
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Minnesota Nice...

What's even more impressive is that if you're visiting someone at their home, when you leave, they will stand on their front porch and wait until you are out of sight before they go back into the house. EVEN if the temp is -5.

I've opened a door for someone, and they stopped and started up a conversation with me...

Drivers in Minnesota actually let you merge. I live in WI (Milwaukee area), no way that's happening. It's getting almost as bad as Chicago...

Left by Kyle on Jan 21, 2008 8:53 AM

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I forgot about the merging thing. You're absolutely right. That took some getting used to also. People actually let you get over.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Jan 21, 2008 9:55 AM

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Who let you in? I didn't get to vote. :-)

Ken from MN
Currently -16 (f).
Love the snow, but THIS cold is a bit much.
Left by Ken on Jan 30, 2008 7:51 AM

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They are not stationed here because of the taxes. Taxes are VERY high in Minnesota. It's just a fluke that Best Buy and Target started here. Just one of those things, like Wal Mart starting in Arkansas. 3M used to be a mining company, so they are based here because of the iron range.
Left by walrus on Jan 15, 2009 4:17 PM

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I have lived in Minnesota my whole life, on the topic of 'Minnesota nice', we can also have conversations on the phone with people who had the wrong number and the person who said that we wait outside 'till the person is out of sight, it works both ways, if your dropping a person off, you wait intill they are inside before you leave. And something I have also noticed, people arnt afraid to tell you things, meaning if your pants are below your butt, the old lady at walmart is going to yell at you to pull up your pants, but if you have something in your hair the old lady would say soemthing like 'Hunny, you have a little something in your hair, you might want to take it out sweetie'. Always there to help a neighbor. Awkward doesnt exist in relatives minds, Yup, thats the Minnesota I know!
Left by Mary on Mar 23, 2009 11:04 PM

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