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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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.
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Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

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That Boy Won’t Cure Your Loneliness Or Fix All Your Problems— So Please Stop Expecting Him To

You need to find yourself first and really fall in love with that self before you can find your person and fall in love with him.

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The biggest misconception I had about love is that it would fix all the problems in my life. I inevitably thought love would give me a lifelong soulmate so I wouldn't feel so goddamn lonely all the time.

That happily ever after. A forever ride or die.

Once we fall in love with someone, we experience that euphoric feeling of passion and admiration. It's a great feeling, isn't it? That there's that boy who's all about you, just as you, are heads-over-heels about him. The world seems to be spinning in the right direction, and you suddenly believe that perhaps this boy was your lucky charm, a special omen brought exclusively from the heavens.

This boy knows all your tiny little secrets, calls you beautiful and stares at you lovingly when you walk alongside each other, hand in hand. With him, you feel as if you aren't lonely anymore. That you won't be that sad pathetic girl alone at a New Year's Eve Party anymore. That you'll have this boy to lean onto no matter what.

He says he's all yours, anyway. He puts your number in as "Babygirl" on his phone. He never misses the chance to text you good morning and be the last one to end a conversation before you drift off to sleep.

Let me get real with you, ladies. But this boy probably won't cure your sad loneliness or fix all the problems in your life. He won't become your soulmate, but instead, he's going to be a distraction. He's going to be a lesson, whether he breaks your heart or not.

Because once you start fully depending on this boy for emotional and moral support, he's going to start becoming distant. He's most likely not going to be there for you when shit happens, for one reason or another. He's not going to know what to say when you start crying other than a simple "It's going to be okay". Don't necessarily blame him for that. I guarantee that you're going to start blaming yourself about his behavior. And the more you start blaming yourself for how he's changed, it's only going to distract you from actually realizing the true reasons behind your problems and acting on them.

I know this all sounds a bit startling.

Try flipping the tables and think of it this way:

You just met this amazing guy. He's good looking, educated, passionate and respectful, etc. You have so much fun around him, and you come to fall in love with all his imperfections. But as time drags on, he begins to rant about how miserable school/work is and how much he hates these littlest of things you find a bit ridiculous. Imagine how confused and overwhelmed you would feel if he begins piling that stress onto you, telling you "But dating you is going to make me feel better about _____ since you're going to be here with me through it, right?"

I don't know about you but after hearing that, I would be running away at full tilt.

Now I'm not saying you have to be happy and bubbly around a boy 24/7. I'm not promoting some type of relationship where everything is perfect—of course, you'll come to find differences, have arguments and lean on each other during tough times.

I guess what I'm saying is that you shouldn't have to depend on someone in order to find your way through life or to feel less lonely.

Why should you feel that only a man would have the capabilities to change your problems? We're strong independent women, after all.

In most situations, you will only have yourself to lean on since not everyone's going to be there for you.

A boy isn't willing to fix all the problems in your life by licking your wounds and bandaging them up. Sure, he might be around to express sympathy and hold you when all you want to do is cry. But he's mainly going to be a part of your life to support you. He'll support your decisions and support you for how well you handle yourself. He'll love you for your independence, not how dependent you are. He fell in love with that free spirit from the beginning.

And if he left your life, he may have done so because *news flash* men aren't good with all that emotional baggage. Simple as that. So erase all those crazy thoughts about him secretly cheating on you or being a dick for wanting to end things.

My mom once told me this about love: "You need to find yourself first and really fall in love with that self before you can find your person and fall in love with him."

So, my friends, if you haven't found a boy yet, don't lose hope—he's going to come along.

But you need to find yourself first.

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