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Old 08-15-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Which is still much much more than virtually every other place in the US.
But the point he was making was that "Minnesota is not 100% Norwegian".....not even close. That's like saying Illinois is 100% black!
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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German is essentially "Default American" since it the most common ethnicity in the US. Concentrations of other ethnicities, like Norwegian in Minnesota, tend to give a region a distinctive ethnic character.
German is "default American"? Since when? I thought the major areas with heavy German influence was essentially only the Upper Midwest (Chicago, WI, MN, MI and OH)? The reason you don't hear people gloating about their German ancestry is LARGER in part due to World Wars I and II, more than its "default" nature.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Dont forget about the swedish americans
File:Swedish Americans 2000 Census.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I live in Polk county Minnesota up in the far northwest part of the state. 41.7 pct Norwegian according to Wikipedia. But in regards to the movie Fargo accent....no one has that strong of an accent.
The Cohen Bros. have a very dry sarcastic sense of humor, in case nobody noticed it.....the accents in Fargo were SUPPOSED to be thick and comical. It adds to the eeriness of the movie, IMO (the dichotomy of the over-the-top nice and almost brain-dead-stupid people, to the hell-on-Earth greedy and villianous types the movie portrayed so differently -- that's how I see it, anyways).
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Fargo is an incredible movie (one of my favorites ever!), and the accent does work nicely in it, but it hasn't done many favors for the Upper Midwest stereotype.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: southern california
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from TV sitcoms.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:49 PM
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Location: Washington, DC
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Blame it on Garrison Keeler and the movie Fargo.
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:09 PM
 
Location: 406
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Upper Mid-Westerners--namely North Dakotans and Minnesotans--really have made off pretty well in the stereotypes department overall. To my knowledge, they've never been widely stereotyped as illiterate bigots (Southerners/Lower Mid-Westerners), or pushy egoists (Northeasterners), or gun-wielding paranoiacs (Mountain/Interior West), or materialistic a*sholes (Californians), or elitist hipsters (Pacific Northwest).

The question is, how much credit do the Coen Brothers deserve for this?
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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People stereotype the people in your state? Welcome to America.
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I believe that most of the stereotypes emigrated from Scandanavia and Germany
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