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Minnesota hates us: who knew?

I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life and only recently did I learn that Minnesota hates us. Well, OK, that's a bit of an overstatement. However, I did recently realize that some Minnesotans have a beef with us.

While visiting the Mall of America I saw a T-shirt that said "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive To Wisconsin."

Huh.

I asked my Minnesotan friends about this and they said that a lot of their people don't dig Wisco because of the Brett Favre shenanigans and because a lot of folks live in Wisconsin but work in Minnesota.

"Your provincial-type Minnesotans see that as outsourcing or something," one friend said.

A weekly paper in Minneapolis goes so far as to keep a blog called "Weird Wisconsin," to which writers contribute stories about news items they find humorous.

Granted, the recent stories about Dane County residents Melinda Drabek-Chritton and Chad Chritton locking their daughter in the basement and starving her are weird, if not disturbing, but taken as a whole, the blogs paint an even bleaker picture: these Minnesotans have odd opinions about their neighbors to the east.

Perhaps these Minnesotans are not familiar with the contents of the book "Weird Minnesota."

Big concepts like "identity crisis" and "inferiority complex" are mixing with my other thoughts on Minnesota right now. It's funny, because in the southeasten part of the state, we sometimes have animosity towards Chicago-ans, but Minnesotans usually don't even make it onto our radar.

If anything, we don't think about Minnesota, particularly Minneapolis, enough.

Up until recently, when I heard Minneapolis, I thought, "Prince" and "harsh winter." That's about it. I have gone to the city a few more times in the past couple of years and I have enjoyed many places including Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Diamonds Coffee Shoppe, Nye's Polonaise Room, Holy Land and more.

My unsolicited advice? Go there if you can ... but beware.

Talkbacks

sandstorm | April 2, 2012 at 8:09 a.m. (report)

angel, no problem, and thanks for not calling me out for being a grammar nazi and having a sense of humor about it!
and trust me, i wish these talkbacks had an edit feature as well.
i probably would have eliminated entire posts of mine after thinking more about 'em.

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angelamb825 | March 30, 2012 at 1:08 p.m. (report)

Damn - Sandstorm - at first I thought you were getting on my case about a simple incorrect spelling, but going back and reading how many times I did it, that's embarrassing! LOL Too bad I can't go back and edit it.

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sandstorm | March 29, 2012 at 3:57 p.m. (report)

wow.
does 10255101131 take life just a tad too seriously?
and angel honey, the word you want is "border".
a boarder is someone who lives in your house and pays you rent.

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angelamb825 | March 29, 2012 at 11:44 a.m. (report)

I enjoyed the article Molly!

I think it is a boarder state thing. The closer you get to the boarder of the state, the more there is a rivalry type relationship. I've heard from friends who went to college closer to the boarder of MN experienced the same thing you experienced. In Milwaukee we live closer to IL and therefore hear more of the beef with them (i.e. F.I.B.). I have a friend who lives in Beloit that proudly wears a shirt that has a picture of IL and says "Worst State Ever." A bit extreme yes, but kinda funny too. I think it is all in fun and while I may cringe at a shirt that makes fun of Milwaukee or Wisconsin, I don't think it is meant to hurt anyone's feelings or show true feelings of hate.

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Molly Snyder | March 28, 2012 at 8:05 p.m. (report)

I'm sorry this was such a problematic post for you. Honestly, it was meant a little tongue-and-cheek. I attempted to soften it up and prove that I really do like Minneapolis at the end, but seriously, I just found it humorous that there was this rivalry that I had no idea about.

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