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View Poll Results: Should Minnesota Be Renamed "Capitol Of The North"?
Yes. 4 20.00%
No. 15 75.00%
Undecided. 1 5.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-17-2015, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by iNviNciBL3 View Post
We are ignored by the rest of the country because we are one of the worst states for pro and college sports located next to one of the best states for pro and college sports
A few first round NCAA tournament losses, an NBADL team, and an Independent League baseball team is hardly one of the best at both the collegiate and professional level. A first-round NCAA upset of Oklahoma, generally strong I-AA football, good hockey programs, and an independent league baseball team is a little better. Maybe you're thinking of a Sweet 16 appearance with something junior college transfers, an upset of Kansas, a football program in a respected conference, several single-A baseball teams, and the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs? The only other neighbor gets far more national attention for its governor than for embarrassing football conference championship losses.

Seriously, ever state in the "north" or "upper Midwest" or whatever else you call it does not get much national attention. While eating at a fast food restaurant just off the interstate in Wisconsin, I overheard somebody who was probably from somewhere on the east coast the area talking on the phone. She described her surroundings as, "I don't know. Farms and stuff." That's what many people think of a big chunk of the country that includes Minnesota and Wisconsin. Unthinkable as it is to the diehard fans, I'd guess that plenty of people in the rest of the country couldn't even tell you that Green Bay is in Wisconsin.

Obviously, branding Minnesota as "The North" doesn't change what it is. It's just a marketing slogan. Everybody does it. Like any marketing slogan, it might seem pointless but it can change perceptions and attract attention. That's the whole point. I think it's a better approach than the, "We know you think it's really cold here, but look at all these other nice things we have!" that dominates most Minnesota marketing. Calling it "The North" stops apologizing for the climate and offers something to distinguish it from the "farms and stuff" people expect in this part of the country. That said, there's no need to call it the capitol. The original "North Star" slogan is good enough.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:31 PM
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I think most midwesterners would say the same thing. I mean, "farms and stuff" are usually what is visible from a McDonalds when you drive across the midwest. Capitol of the North is not such a terrible idea. IMO Minnesota doesn't have that much in common with Missouri, Kansas, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois or even Michigan and Wisconsin. It's more like Canada.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:15 PM
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Minnesota's name is fine just as it is. Its name has a meaning, from the Ojibwe for "land of sky-tinted waters". When I hear the name "Minnesota", I think of all of those lakes, I think of the Twin Cities, I think of all of that snow, the boreal forests, the Peanuts comic strip(aka Charlie Brown), among many things. Leave it as it is. Minnesota wouldn't be Minnesota without its name.
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