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Old 04-08-2016, 10:43 AM
 
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No, not everybody is nice. But I can tell you-- having lived a bit elsewhere, now-- that it is a cultural value that is unique to Minnesota and/or the Upper Midwest to not say things that are contentious, and to be able to infer messages based on context and understatement. A lot of Americans are more direct than your typical (or stereotypical) Minnesotan, in what they choose to say. Minnesotans do seem more likely to operate on the idea of "Just because I have an opinion, doesn't mean it's right or worth sharing." This is how Minnesota manages the paradox of being a heavily Christian state, with high church attendance and relatively socially conservative values, and yet people there don't have the same types of hang-ups about same sex marriage, biracial couples, alternative lifestyles, etc. My only hypothesis on this is that when you need to contend with the weather to succeed, you need to coexist peaceably with your neighbors....you can't make vendettas against them based on what they do with their lives, because you're going to need them to help you out, and they need you.
Which to me is extremely obnoxious. I grew up in the Northeast and that kind of reading context clues to read between the lines on actual meaning (what we would call passive aggressive) is not acceptable - Especially in the business world. Not saying you are, I'm speaking in generalities.

Regarding Scandinavian's, MN has the most at 1.6 million but CA is a close #2 at 1.2 million: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_Americans

MN also has a surprisingly decent Polish population which is fragmented between only a handful of states: WI, IL, NJ, NY, PA etc.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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Sven, I would assume. Possibly Ole.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:21 PM
 
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Sven, I would assume. Possibly Ole.
You betcha !
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:25 PM
 
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Stereotypes are perpetuated by ignorance.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:58 PM
 
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MN also has a surprisingly decent Polish population which is fragmented between only a handful of states: WI, IL, NJ, NY, PA etc.


Along with Michigan and Connecticut.
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