25 Things You'll Only 'Dontcha Know' If You're From Minnesota

25 Things You'll Only 'Dontcha Know' If You're From Minnesota

You know you say "uff-da" and don't pretend like you don't.
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Fair warning before indulging yourself in this article, this is strictly intended for Minnesotan's. And if you pass that test, get ready to be exposed. As much as us Minnesotan's like to think we are nothing like our stereotype, we are almost past that. We all know hotdish is one of the most popular dinner's at home and you betcha we love spending our weekends up north on the lake. Even though we may be mildly embarrassed on some occasions by how deeply we pronounce our "o"s, there is no other state that is as proud as Minnesota.

1. State pride like no one else

You ever tried bashing Minnesota or saying that another state is better? Then heard a proud Minnesotan come back with a list of things we have that you don’t? That's more than typical, we love our state and believe no other compares.

2. Minnesota summers

We really wait nine months for three nice months a year. No one else understands how perfect a Minnesota summer is except Minnesotans.

3. Vacations at the cabin

Yes, going to the cabin is considered a vacation. We’d live secluded in the northern woods on a lake if we could. We love cabin life.

4. Lake days

Seriously underrated by every other state. But until you’ve been on a pontoon on a big lake celebrating the fourth of July, you haven’t lived.

5. "Uff-da"

Yes, we actually use this phrase and probably more than we’d like to admit.

6. Hot dish

What’s casserole? I'll take some tater tot hot dish for dinner, please.

7. The importance of ranch

We will put ranch on anything and everything. I’m not kidding.

8. Caribou Coffee

You’re not really from Minnesota if you don’t have a serious love for Caribou Coffee and prefer it over Starbucks.

9. Being disappointed every year with our professional sports

*Twins lose playoffs* “At least we still have the Vikings” *Vikings lose playoffs* “At least we still have the Wild” *Wild lose playoffs* “At least we still have the Wolves” *Wolves lose playoffs* “… at least we have the Twins”

10. Minnesota nice

“Ope sorry! Can I help you with that? Oh, just let me help you. No problem at all.” It's no joke.

11. Bipolar weather

We might have twenty inches of snow today, but I promise it will be seventy-five and sunny in two days.

12. 'Snow day'

They’re almost nonexistent, but if we are lucky enough to get one it’s because there are at least three feet of snow outside of our door.

13. Juicy Lucy

14. Mall of America

Low key it’s the only reason any of us actually go to the state fair. We wait all year for a bucket of cookies and a glass of milk – that’s how good they are.

16. "You Betcha"

You’re lying if you haven’t caught yourself saying this. So stereotypical, but we really do use it.

17. Being overly passive-aggressive

“Is it too passive-aggressive of me to complain vaguely about someone else’s passive-aggressive behavior?”

18. The difference between Minneapolis and St. Paul

St. Paul is our capital, not Minneapolis and yes, they are two separate cities.

19. "Dontcha know"

This is a shout out to the majority of northern Minnesota, thank you for using this phrase as frequently as you do.

20. We drink pop, not soda

We call it pop and that’s just the way it is, argue with us all you want, it’s never changing.

21. Duck duck grey duck

Again, it’s the way it is and it’s not changing.

22. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

That urban legend that every Minnesotan basically learns at birth and now we all have a picture next to their statues.

23. Prince

Purple Rain came straight out of Minnesota and we never miss a chance to gush how proud we are of that.

24. Shorts weather

Pretty much as soon as the weather is above freezing (thirty-two degrees), we consider that spring and shorts weather.

25. Four seasons

This is truly the main reason why we all stay in Minnesota. We love living somewhere that we get to experience all four seasons, even though some years it feels like it’s winter almost all year long.
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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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I'm The College Girl Who Is Old Enough To Know She Doesn't Want Kids, Please Respect That

Yes, I am a real woman, and yes, I have a heart.

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"I don't think I'm going to have kids." This was the sentence that sent my family into a frenzy. But you love kids, your so good with them, don't you think that's a bit selfish? Was the first of the remarks, followed by: you don't know what your missing, is your boyfriend okay with it, you're robbing the world of great kids, you'll never be happy, you'll change your mind; each came hurtling at me, one after the next. But me not wanting kids is something that I've given a lot of thought to, for the past decade, so am I really just "saying it for a reaction"?

"But you love kids, your so good with them, don't you think that's a bit selfish?" Yes. I do love kids. I think children are amazing. But that is the thing. I'm not being selfish. While it may be a bit selfish of me to not want to have to sew my body back up while sitting in an ice bath for a month afterward. Is it really so selfish to not want to raise a child in this messed up world? There is a school shooting almost every week in this country. Also, there's this thing called "rape culture" and it permeates every aspect of our society. Many of the children of today will likely be its victims or perpetrators in the not-so-distant future.

"You don't know what you're missing." According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs $241,080 for a middle-income family to raise a kid to 18 years of age — and that's before you toss in college, grad school, helping them get on their feet after graduation, bailing them out of jail after a wild weekend in Cabo, and all the rest of the unexpected expenses that come along with being a parent. I know what I am missing out on: temper tantrums and more college loans.

"Is your boyfriend okay with it?" This one always puzzles me. I'm not saying that we haven't talked about it. Of course he knows. But I am confused by the idea that if he wanted kids, I would change my mind to appease him. I was always taught that I am the sovereign of my own body. But then my aunt tells me that I have to give the decision of whether or not pushing a melon out of my uterus is best for me to any person I plan on dating?

"You're robbing the world of great kids." I'm actually not robbing the world of anything. I'm thinking about how having kids would impact the environment, over-consumption, over-population, and whether it would be fair to bring a child into this world. By not having kids, I'm allowing for the world to have one less person slowly ripping it apart. Mother Jones stated that one American child produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as 106 kids in Haiti. So, if you're concerned about bringing your the world's carbon footprint down, you could just skip having a kid.

"You'll never be happy." I fervently disagree with that statement. An international 2014 Gallup study found that overall, people with children had a "lower life evaluation," meaning they feel less happy with their lives in general. I know so many older women who do not have children and are incredibly happy. They felt fulfilled by other things; careers, spouses, volunteering, hobbies, pets, literally anything else. I understand that many people feel that they need children in order to feel happy, but some of us are not in the majority. But more women are child-free in the U.S. now that at any other time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. Almost half, 47.6 percent, of women between the ages of 15 and 44 did not have children in 2014. So how small is the minority I'm in?

"You'll change your mind." And I know that. A lot of people do. My dad didn't want kids, and yet here I am. Some people change their minds, but some people don't. If my mind changes I'm okay with that, but don't TELL me that my mind will definitely change. It hasn't changed for the past 10 years and it doesn't look like it will anytime soon.

As a young woman in an age that tells me I can be anything, I can do anything, that I am in charge of my own destiny; I am often surprised by the number of people who tell me what to think and how I should be living my life. I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I'm past the age of someone trying to shape mine. If you want a moldable mind, go have your own child Susan.

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