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Old 12-29-2014, 07:10 AM
 
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Be nice.
I'm always nice
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: District of Columbia
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As a transplant from a warmer area of the country I would recommend the follow:

Buy a warm insulating jacket.
Wear a hat/gloves/scarf/boots.
Practice driving in the snow (very slow at first and learn what your car is capable of doing).
Don't stay locked up in the house, get out and enjoy winter activities, or go to a museum, the theater, a new restaurant, a taproom, etc...
If you can afford to, take a trip somewhere warm and sunny (Florida, Mexico, Caribbean, etc.) for a winter vacation.

Other than that enjoy Minnesota!
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:07 PM
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I don't think he should try to bring warm clothes. A coat you buy in Georgia is not going to be as warm as one bought for a northern winter.
Good tires is excellent advice.
Looking up what lutefisk is and knowing it is the butt of half the jokes you will hear.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:52 AM
 
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Making friends can be hard here. Find activities that will get you out and mingling.
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Be nice.
Being nice usually does help.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:55 AM
 
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Take Vitamin D.
People who live in the upper Midwest and colder states tend to be low in Vitamin D.



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We’re not entirely sure about this either, but as many as 91% of Americans with dark skin pigmentation are deficient because darker skin requires more sun to generate the same D as fairer skin. Generally, all people who work indoors, wear extensive clothing, avoid the sun (shaded hats, sunblock), live in polluted cities, and get their sunlight only through window glass are also at increased risk for deficiency.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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Cars:

Keep your gas tank full or close to full during the winter. Also put a snow brush / ice scraper in your car. Buy the best battery that is available for your car, unless you are going to sell it soon. Be careful driving outstate during snow storms. The Twin Cities metro area plowing is totally different than outstate. The plowing is lousy outstate. The plowing is also poor in the core Minneapolis and St Paul cities. Keep a winter survival kit in your car. Keep jumper cables in your car. A poorly maintained car will get you into trouble if you're caught in a bad storm. There are people who freeze to death in Minnesota. Avoid driving in bad snow storms. Pay attention to snow emergencies, so you never get your car tagged and towed. Dont' tailgate. Leave enough room to stop. Your car might not stop when you hit the breaks! Avoid driving during first couple snow storms of the season when people forget how to drive in the snow and ice, and end up crashing into you!

Lakes:

Avoid walking or driving on the lakes before the ice is thick enough. The ice thickness is not uniform everywhere. If you are walking on the lake, bring along a cord you can drape over your neck with two ice picks on it. If you fall through the lake, you have a chance to pull yourself out. Don't go out on the lake alone. In the spring, after the ice melts, the water is still cold. Wear a PDF, otherwise if you fall into the cold water, your system will be shocked by the cold water, you will not be able to swim and you will not survive. In the summer when boating, wear a PDF, otherwise, if you fall in, you could be tangled in the weeds, you cannot swim and you will not survive.

Other things:

Forget about talking Minnesotan. People don't do that here. Forget about eating Lutefisk, people don't eat that garbage here. Minnesota nice usually doesn't exist on the freeways. People drive very rudely here compared to most other parts of the county.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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I don't think he should try to bring warm clothes. A coat you buy in Georgia is not going to be as warm as one bought for a northern winter.
Good tires is excellent advice.
Looking up what lutefisk is and knowing it is the butt of half the jokes you will hear.
"Bring Warm Clothes" is a collection of letters by early Swedish immigrants to their friends and family back in Sweden. The title of the book was taken from one of those letters, so it was an early piece of advice to a prospective transplant.

That said, you are right that one might be wiser to buy winter clothes here or by mail order.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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Help Others. It will go a long way.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Today it would be: Don't.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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If you could give one tip about life in Minnesota to a new transplant (especially from some place warm), what would it be?
No problem whatsoever to learn what to wear for the different seasons.

Learning to participate in Minnesota sport is probably toughest. Which is: don't ever go a day without belly aching about the weather during any season of the year.

Terrible depression in the winter if the sun goes behind the cloud for a few days or temperature goes below freezing for few days. Hundreds of wrecks on snowy or icy days to cheer you up if you watch the news.

In the summer time it is the terrible heat and humidity if it goes over 90 degrees.

A vast number of Minnesotan have found the solution. TV news (infomercials) is loaded with the best bars and restaurants. These are perfect places to solve depression problems and commiserate.
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