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Old 07-13-2012, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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What is the world's perception of Minnesota?
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Based entirely on stereotype and absolutely zero first-hand experience: flat, relatively empty, lakes, mostly white German/Scandinavian-descended population, fairly safe/clean/boring, heavy drinking common, cold winters and weather extremes in general. That sound about right?
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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I know next to nothing about it, I know its on the Canadian border and imagine it as a quite rural/farming kind of state, and not really diverse by american standards.

I could not name a city in Minnesota without doing a google search.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:55 AM
 
Location: EU
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The world probably knows very little or nothing about Minnesota, apart from its name.

Maybe people have some ideas about it after watching the movie Fargo: Flat, cold, sparsly populated, people speaking a funny accent (but only if you watched the non-dubbed version).

I haven't been to MN but to the neighbouring states of Iowa and Wisconsin and I guess it is not that different there.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:57 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Most people in the world have probably never even heard of it.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:10 AM
 
Location: London unfortunately.
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Cold, lakes and Prince.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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They have hockey.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:11 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Based entirely on stereotype and absolutely zero first-hand experience: flat, relatively empty, lakes, mostly white German/Scandinavian-descended population, fairly safe/clean/boring, heavy drinking common, cold winters and weather extremes in general. That sound about right?
I live in the far northwest part of the state along the North Dakota border.

your pretty much on target. Minnesota is divided between the hilly and forested northeast half and the more prairie and open farm land of the southwest and far west. Generally draw a line from Rochester to Minneapolis to Alexandria to Roseau Minnesota (if you look at a map)....west of this is mostly farmland and open prairie -- though not totally flat....east of this is rolling hills and more trees and many many lakes. A true pine to prairie land as call it in my local area.

But yes majority decendent of german/scandinavian....safe/clean/cold winters and mild to warm summers. Add mosquitos and many lakes for recreation. I wont comment on the drinking as I dont drink. The term Minnesota nice is often used to describe the area. North Dakota nice....you can insert many northern states in that. Mainly because of the heritage of Germans and Scandinavians being a bit more aloof than some other cultures in the U.S. We are a friendly bunch and willing to help anyone out, but can be hard to make friends as many like to stay within their own known friend circle. Minneapolis-St Paul is the big city in the region and is much more ethnically diverse than one would think. Lutheran social services have brought many refugees into the state for settlement from Somalia, Bhutan and other countries. Even rural areas are seeing a change, not just the big cities.

But I do say, the winters are not likely as cold as you imagine. Only the far northern part of the state gets really really cold where -30sF are pretty common on winter nights.

oh yes, ice hockey is very big from youth on up.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:11 AM
 
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Most people would have heard the name and be able to say it was somewhere in America, but that's all. Was Fargo set in Minnesota?
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:17 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Most people would have heard the name and be able to say it was somewhere in America, but that's all. Was Fargo set in Minnesota?
Fargo (1996) - Filming locations

Here is a list of filming locations....
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