People have mentioned just about every essential point about Minnesoootans. In the past two months of living here since graduating college and trying to get an internship and such, I've learned that the Minnesota Nice perspective really doesn't exist (as people already mentioned- I've met a good portion of people in the past couple months alone who are actually asshole-ish upon first encounter), Minnesotans are the worst drivers (that we've experienced-we're from Pittsburgh, but we've traveled quite a bit in the past 20 or so years, and both my parents say that drivers here are the worst of anywhere) and-I already know this from 4 years of being back here on breaks from school (my family moved here when I was in school)-but the winters here are fucking brutal (I'm experienced in the means of brutal weather, going to school in upstate NY on the shore of a Finger Lake), primarily because of the extreme cold (there's cold in NY, but not like here), and the wind (which definitely does exist in NY). I also do enjoy that this state is pretty environmentally friendly (understandably, because of the lakes everywhere) in that there's a pretty nice sized park about a 5 minute jog from our house. I don't know what people are saying about the extreme conservatism (liberalism was also mentioned, I believe) but I do know that MN is a historically liberal state because of all the farmers (DFL, anyone?) that is turning red slowly but surely, although on my flight back here from a summer job in the southwest, there was a woman sitting in the same row as me who was a "Christian" and "very offended" by what we were talking about the whole flight (considering the girl I was talking to told me about some orgies and the like that her friend was in at Macalester). Not crap, though.