15 Things People From Minnesota Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners
By Betsy Rathburn|Updated on December 08, 2022(Originally published December 05, 2022)
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Many out-of-towners forget about Minnesota altogether, so when we’ve grabbed their attention enough to warrant a visit, there are more than a few things we feel the need to explain. Believe it or not, there are a number of Minnesota stereotypes… and they’re things we have to deal with both inside our own borders and when we travel throughout the nation. Here are just a few of them.
What else have you had to explain to an out-of-towner? Are there any misconceptions you’ve had to clear up? Let us know in the comments!
If you enjoyed this analysis of stereotypes about Minnesota, you might be wondering where the rumors of our renowned friendliness first started. To find out, you’ll have to get to know our people!
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What are some interesting things about Minnesota?
There are so many interesting things about Minnesota. We were originally part of the French territory before we were admitted to the Union in 1858. Though nicknamed The Gopher State, we have the largest U.S. population of timber wolves outside of Alaska. As you settle into our culture, you’ll find that Minnesota traits differ from those of other states.
What are Minnesotans known for?
Minnesotans are known for, perhaps most famously, our accent. Living in Minnesota, however, locals know that the accent isn’t prevalent throughout the entirety of the state.
What is the most popular Minnesota stereotype?
The most popular Minnesota stereotype is of our famous friendliness – depending on who you ask, some would say this trait is exaggerated.