Minnesota Local Customs

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Minnesota Local Customs

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    Minneapolis Local Customs

    It's best not to overgeneralize and expect that the behavior of several Minnesotans represents the people as a whole. We have a lot of diversity (typically more in the twin cities area), which means a lot of different personalities. I've lived here my whole life and have encountered both rudeness and kindness--just like with any other place on the...

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  • Sports / Recreation

    Minneapolis Local Customs

    Many of the great paths around our urban lakes, parks and riverfront areas are split into two: one for walkers/runners and one for bikers/bladers. Look for markings indicating which is which or just watch what others are doing and follow along. These paths can converge at points so if there's just one walkway and it doesn't have indicated lanes for...

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  • Weather / Water

    Minneapolis Local Customs

    The "Twin Cities" have devised many strategies for surviving the cold weather. One is the many "skyways" and connecting tunnels among the buildings in downtown Minneapolis. Another is the covered [if unheated] pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi Riverthat leads to the university. The road is on the level under the pedestrian level.

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  • Driving

    Minneapolis Local Customs

    Not all MN drivers are bad. Actually, most are good drivers. MN nice does apply in traffic. Just put your turn signal on and someone will let you in. You don't need to be an aggressive driver and MN drivers don't like this. Usually, its the tourists who come and don't know how to drive on ice or in snowstorms that end up causing problems. As you...

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  • State Flower – Pink and White Lady...

    Cypripedium calceolusThe pink and white lady’s slipper, also knows as the showy lady’s slipper or queen’s lady slipper is the Minnesota State flower. The Lady's slippers grow slowly and can take 16 years to produce their first flowers. They flower in late June or early July and can live for up to 50 years growing four feet tall.

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  • State Bird – Common Loon

    Gavia immerThe Common Loon became the official state bird symbol of Minnesota in 1961. Minnesota has more loons (roughly 12,000) than any other state except Alaska. The common loon has a black bill and a red eye. In summer months it is black and white spotted with a black and green head, whilst in the winter its coat changes to a grey top and white...

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  • How to clean fish

    This involves killing the fish, so if you dont want to read it, stop now.My dad is really good at this so I usually just let him do it. You hit the fish on the head to kill or stun it and if you have an electric knife start cutting just behind the gills and cut to the spine. Then turn and fillet the fish along the spine towards the tail. Next, put...

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  • Fishing

    After fishing at night we kept the fish we were going to eat in this net like container in the water so they would be alive when we cut and cleaned them the next morning.

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  • Ethanol

    We have some surplus corn in the state of Minnesota. One good use for the extra corn is to turn it into fuel for our cars which should lessen our dependence upon foreign petroleum products. The process is still not quite cost effective, but it does provide an additional market for the farmers' crops and provides some good employment. But the...

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  • One reason why I live in the Midwest

    To my palate there is nothing in this world that tastes better than corn on the cob obtained at a roadside stand that was freshly picked that very morning. The best corn in the world is grown in the upper Midwest (I'll have to give the nod to Illinois corn over Minnesota corn) and I will brook no argument on the subject.How to cook your corn on the...

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  • Vikings

    Everyone here thinks they are descended from Vikings and therefore everyone thinks they need a boat to be true to their heritage.

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  • If you are interested in...

    If you are interested in geology, be sure to check out the NORTH SHORE---Duluth and beyond. It is stunning along Lake Superior. Excellent hiking...Also around Taylors Falls, just north of the twin cities on the Wisconsin border. And also Southern MN, also along the border--Lake City, Red Wing,Wabasha...If you are interested in learning about Native...

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  • Minnesota Crazy LawsA person...

    Minnesota Crazy LawsA person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head. It is illegal to sleep naked.All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.All bathtubs must have feet.Hibbing It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this...

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  • If theres a fair going on...

    If theres a fair going on while you're here, make sure to go, Minnesotans love food on a stick! There's corn on a stick, corn dogs, pork chops on a stick, ribs on a stick, cotton candy on a stick...no if they could only put Tom Thumb donuts on a stick...Tom Thumb donuts are the BEST!!! Have some! ...don't forget the beer garden!

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  • Minnesotans favorite subject...

    Minnesotans favorite subject is the weather...Everybody talks about the weather....If you feel like talking to anybody, mention the cold or the wind and we will most definitely have an opinion=)

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  • LOCAL LINGO TO KNOW: YA SURE...

    LOCAL LINGO TO KNOW: YA SURE YOU BETCHA. OFFDA!!!COLD ENOUGH FOR YA? UP NORTH....IT'S ALSO WISE TO KNOW AT LEAST A COUPLE OLE AND LENA JOKES.HOTDISH IS A DIETARY STAPLE AND GREEN JELLO IS NATIVE TO MINNESOTA!ABOVE ALL, SMILE AND BE YOURSELF. WE LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE FROM!!

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  • The fire hydrants have a red...

    The fire hydrants have a red and white pole attached to them so they can be located in deep snow. They get a lot of snow in Minnesota.

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  • If you are in Minnesota in...

    If you are in Minnesota in January, wear earmuffs... no matter how silly they look. It is important to recognize the wisdom of native cultures. This was the lesson learned by U.N. secretary General Kofi Annan when he went to college there. See 'How U.N. Chief Discovered U.S., and Earmuffs' NYT January 7, 1997.

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