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Old 12-13-2014, 06:23 PM
 
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Maybe it's a problem in some circumstances. Maybe it's because I am swedish (born in the USA by a couple generations but maybe still somewhat friendly but distant). But I am finally in minnesota and everyone is so nice, so helpful. I mean, even the liquor store employees were so nice! I don't mind it. I don't want them for best friends. I am coming from southern hospitality. And, man, people so far have blown my socks off they are just polite. Kind, friendly. Helpful. Sharing in personal details, without being weird.

I love it.
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:10 PM
 
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Maybe it's a problem in some circumstances. Maybe it's because I am swedish (born in the USA by a couple generations but maybe still somewhat friendly but distant). But I am finally in minnesota and everyone is so nice, so helpful. I mean, even the liquor store employees were so nice! I don't mind it. I don't want them for best friends. I am coming from southern hospitality. And, man, people so far have blown my socks off they are just polite. Kind, friendly. Helpful. Sharing in personal details, without being weird.

I love it.
Yep I agree. About the only complaint I have since returning (in AZ for 6.5 yrs) is mannnn people love to talk and talk and talk. I have to rope in group discussions in the professional setting and politely curtail them in the personal setting. I love to talk to but am busy but ONE DAY i will talk ears off too... When life isn't so busy I suppose.
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:18 PM
 
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I hear you.. people LOVE to talk, and when people make fun of the loooong Minnesota goodbye they aren't kidding (I admit, I too have fallen into that habit at times)!
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Maybe it's a problem in some circumstances. Maybe it's because I am swedish (born in the USA by a couple generations but maybe still somewhat friendly but distant). But I am finally in minnesota and everyone is so nice, so helpful. I mean, even the liquor store employees were so nice! I don't mind it. I don't want them for best friends. I am coming from southern hospitality. And, man, people so far have blown my socks off they are just polite. Kind, friendly. Helpful. Sharing in personal details, without being weird.

I love it.
Around here it's the norm. People will help you and ask for nothing in return. It was a big adjustment coming here from city life. Seven years later, I'm used to it.

It is this pace, laid back and slow where people do talk (face to face) like it should be. It's like this way of life is being preserved, in this age of Smart Phones and Texting. The almost lost art of communication is alive and well in these parts.
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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We had such a nice time in Minnesota! I think I clicked with more people there then anywhere else in my life.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Maybe it's a problem in some circumstances. Maybe it's because I am swedish (born in the USA by a couple generations but maybe still somewhat friendly but distant). But I am finally in minnesota and everyone is so nice, so helpful. I mean, even the liquor store employees were so nice! I don't mind it. I don't want them for best friends. I am coming from southern hospitality. And, man, people so far have blown my socks off they are just polite. Kind, friendly. Helpful. Sharing in personal details, without being weird.

I love it.
The whole Upper Midwest is like that. One of the pleasures of living there. I was actually born in Norway, so I totally understand the cultural novelty of it all for you. When I first moved to Chicago I was shocked at how frank and friendly and upfront people were. But I learned to love it. And unlike in the South, when people ask you "to drop by any time", they actually mean it.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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No Minnesotan would ever say "drop by any time." Flagged for misinformation.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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No Minnesotan would ever say "drop by any time." Flagged for misinformation.
Haha, that is so painfully true! Never, ever show up unannounced at a Minnesotan's door. EVER. That's basically considered an egregious invasion of privacy.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:29 PM
 
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No Minnesotan would ever say "drop by any time." Flagged for misinformation.
You can drop by any time.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Haha, that is so painfully true! Never, ever show up unannounced at a Minnesotan's door. EVER. That's basically considered an egregious invasion of privacy.
Agreed x10000.
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