A Crash Course In Minnesota Culture
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A Crash Course In Minnesota Culture

What I have learned in my year living in MN.

A Crash Course In Minnesota Culture

Last year I moved from Southeastern Wisconsin to Central Minnesota. You would think culturally there would be no difference. Was I wrong...

1. If you ask for a ponytail, no one will know what you are talking about. Minnesotans call them "hair binders."

2. Chinese restaurants do not deliver.

3. MOA is the commonly used acronym for Mall of America. No one actually says "Mall of America," ever.

4. Boston Store is called Herbergers.

5. Everyone has a family lake house.

6. They really do not know what a bubbler is.

7. Never date a goalie. Apparently goalies are strange.

8. Not everyone constantly speaks with an accent. Some people do. When you hear the accent you have to remind yourself you are in Minnesota, not Canada.

9. Hockey is a religion. Literally, my friend has a parody of the "Our Father" prayer that is redone with "Our Wild" (their hockey team).

10. Minneapolis is scary and St. Paul is cute.

11. A boy will always be holding a door open for you.

12. Most of them actually look forward to winter. Like, it is their favorite season.

13. "SKOL" is some weird Viking chant that the NFL team adopted. Yeah, Vikings fans exist.

14. North Face, Patagonia, Sorel. All three necessary for life in winter.

15. You really can't buy alcohol on Sundays.

16. You can not drink with your guardians even when you're over the age of 18.

17. Another thing about drinking: people do not drink like they do in Wisconsin. At all.

18. Casserole is called "hot dish."

19. Minnesota goodbyes last waaaaaaay too long.

20. A ton of people get married really young here. Its cute and creepy at the same time.

21. There are festivals in freezing cold weather like Winter Days and Crash Ice. People actually go stand around outside and have a good time. Fearless.

Minnesota culture is different but you learn to love this winter wonderland.

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