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Old 09-06-2014, 08:05 PM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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I have read some pretty tough things about MN, from never ending, brutally cold winters, to mosquito infested short summers, to people who are generally not overtly friendly, and extremely standoffish and aloof. I driven thru the state a few times over the years, and thought it looked clean and nice. I know nothing about the state though, as far as living there, which I am considering. Can any transplants chime in and give me their opinions on their new lives as transplants to the state of MN? Much appreciated.
Don't believe everything you read. All of this is exaggerated. I moved here a number of years ago, love it, and wouldn't live anywhere else. Get involved in winter sports, meet people on their own terms, don't come off as an outsider (loud, brassy, nosy) and you may come to love it too.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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well I am concerned....I don't want another "Seattle Freeze" social situation.....would be nice to live somewhere with friendly and more sociable people....in this lifetime...imo...Seattle was a social and dating nightmare for years...cant wait to leave....lol
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Old 09-07-2014, 01:17 AM
 
Location: St. Paul, MN
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well I am concerned....I don't want another "Seattle Freeze" social situation.....would be nice to live somewhere with friendly and more sociable people....in this lifetime...imo...Seattle was a social and dating nightmare for years...cant wait to leave....lol
It's not like Seattle at all in that regards.

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Old 09-07-2014, 02:41 AM
 
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how long and harsh are those winters? I lived in Fargo some years ago for a few months in the winter..and it was brutal....but I like winter but not sure if I want 7 months of it....
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:09 AM
 
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how long and harsh are those winters? I lived in Fargo some years ago for a few months in the winter..and it was brutal....but I like winter but not sure if I want 7 months of it....
If you are worried about the winters, I'd recommend NW Arkansas, where I saw you posting the same types of inquiries not long ago. It's very pretty country, a milder climate, and there's a lot of transplants that have invigorated the area the last 10-15 years. It's still affordable too.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Buckeye
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I was raised in a tiny farm town in southwest Iowa...when I reached adulthood I moved to the San Francisco Bay area and remained there for 30 years. I moved to the suburbs south of the Twin Cities 11 years ago. If my wife and step daughters were not here it's not a place I could call "home". Most Minnesotans are born and raised. As middle aged adults there's a good chance they live within a few minutes of their parents and all the people they went to high school with. Social circles are, to put it kindly, "established". I was used to California where people come and go and, in my opinion, are much more open to making friends. Schools here are great especially if you buy-in to the environmentalist, politically correct philosophies (remember this is a state that elected Al Franken to the U.S. Senate and Jesse Ventura as Governor!). When my youngest step-daughter graduates from high school and gets established at a University we're outta here.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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how long and harsh are those winters? I lived in Fargo some years ago for a few months in the winter..and it was brutal....but I like winter but not sure if I want 7 months of it....
We don't have seven months of winter in southern and central Minnesota. Cold weather generally starts in November and ends in March or April. Still, winter can seem long and I would not recommend that anyone who has experienced winter and dislikes it move here.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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I was raised in a tiny farm town in southwest Iowa...when I reached adulthood I moved to the San Francisco Bay area and remained there for 30 years. I moved to the suburbs south of the Twin Cities 11 years ago. If my wife and step daughters were not here it's not a place I could call "home". Most Minnesotans are born and raised. As middle aged adults there's a good chance they live within a few minutes of their parents and all the people they went to high school with. Social circles are, to put it kindly, "established". I was used to California where people come and go and, in my opinion, are much more open to making friends. Schools here are great especially if you buy-in to the environmentalist, politically correct philosophies (remember this is a state that elected Al Franken to the U.S. Senate and Jesse Ventura as Governor!). When my youngest step-daughter graduates from high school and gets established at a University we're outta here.
So you find the Twin Cities suburbs to be more politically left than the San Francisco area?
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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I was raised in a tiny farm town in southwest Iowa...when I reached adulthood I moved to the San Francisco Bay area and remained there for 30 years. I moved to the suburbs south of the Twin Cities 11 years ago. If my wife and step daughters were not here it's not a place I could call "home". Most Minnesotans are born and raised. As middle aged adults there's a good chance they live within a few minutes of their parents and all the people they went to high school with. Social circles are, to put it kindly, "established". I was used to California where people come and go and, in my opinion, are much more open to making friends. Schools here are great especially if you buy-in to the environmentalist, politically correct philosophies (remember this is a state that elected Al Franken to the U.S. Senate and Jesse Ventura as Governor!). When my youngest step-daughter graduates from high school and gets established at a University we're outta here.
Right, because Jesse Ventura is so very politically correct! Not exactly an environmentalist either, to be honest.

The further you go from the urban core the more likely you are to find the version of MN that you experienced. The OP wants to be in an area that will probably be a bit provincial/ stagnant in regards to the movement of people, and the variety of backgrounds and experience. Becker is not exactly a cosmopolitan or worldly city.

Starrider: wherever you go, rent for your first year.
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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yea I kind of pic MN, the rural areas being very clannish, and aloof, socially, much like North Dakota was......I am very leary of living somewhere so deeply clannish and socially icy cold again....but funny enough, on the other hand, when I spent time in the south, folks were the opposite, but almost too chatty and gossipy, that I ran away from there, after house hunting for a month in southern MO a year ago....like I said I would remain out west if I could afford to do so......
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