38 Things Minnesotans Are Too Nice To Brag About

Gosh darnit, Minnesota, you’ve got a lot to be proud of. So go ahead and toot your own horn!

1. Welcome to Minnesota…

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2. Where everyone is nice.

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3. You know what? Screw it.

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4. Minnesota’s got some bragging to do…

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5. 1. Bob Dylan

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, MN in 1941.

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Bob Dylan, “Girl from the North Country”

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7. 2. The Hockey Haircut

In Minnesota, the mullet doesn’t exist. There is only The Hockey Haircut. And it is glorious.

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Here’s YouTuber Pulltabproductions11’s annual ranking of the best hairstyles at the Minnesota high school hockey tournament.

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9. 3. Red Wing Shoes

Since 1905, Red Wing Shoes has been making the world’s most durable boots. They’re so good that Ryan Gosling trusts them to protect his beautiful feet.

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11. 4. Duck Duck Gray Duck

Everyone in MN knows that Duck Duck Gray Duck is a far superior game to Duck Duck Goose. With Gray Duck, there are so many fake-out options, like “duck, duck, plaid duck” or “duck, duck, green duck.”

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13. 5. Bundt Cake

Bundt cakes, which are basically delicious giant doughnuts, were popularized by Minnesota businessman H. David Dalquist in the 1950s and 60s. The official bundt pan is exclusively produced by Dalquist’s company Nordic Ware, which is based in St. Louis Park.

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15. 6. Zubaz

Zubaz were created in 1988 by two Minnesota bodybuilders.

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17. 7. Jucy Lucy

A cheeseburger with cheese inside the actual burger.

Mind. Blown.

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Just look at that oozing cheese.

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20. 8. The Shopping Mall

Minnesota invented the shopping mall.

Edina’s Southdale mall (above) was the world’s first enclosed shopping center. And of course there’s the Mall of America.

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23. 9. Jessica Biel

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Minnesota created a woman beautiful enough to snag Justin Timberlake. She was born in Ely in 1982.

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25. 10. Scotch Tape

3M, formerly the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, invented Scotch Tape.

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26. 11. Post-It Notes

3M also invented the Post-It Note. As well as masking tape, waterproof sandpaper, and Thinsulate.

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27. 12. 1980 Miracle On Ice

One of the greatest stories in Olympic history was written by a bunch of Minnesotans, including coach Herb Brooks, who was born in St. Paul.

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28. 13. Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker was created by Minneapolis home economist Marjorie Husted in 1921. Since then, Crocker has inspired people everywhere with her cookbooks and cake mixes.

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30. 14. Theater

The Twin Cities is second only to New York City for per capita theater in the U.S. (The Guthrie theater, above).

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32. 15. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul in 1896.

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33. 16. Tater Tot Hotdish


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34. 17. Warming Houses

Minnesota parks are equipped with these magical places, where you can rent ice skates, drink hot chocolate, and play nok hockey.

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37. 18. The Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen were born and raised in St. Louis Park. Two of their most critically acclaimed films — Fargo and A Serious Man — were shot in Minnesota.

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39. 19. The Best Breakfast Cereal

General Mills, based in Golden Valley, produces Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios, Golden Grahams, Count Chocula, and Kix, among others.

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42. 20. The Mighty Ducks

The greatest movie franchise of all time is basically a documentary about Minnesota hockey.

Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It’s beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I’m proud to be a Duck, and I’d be proud to fly with any one of you. -Gordon Bombay

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44. 21. Target

The first Target store opened in 1962 in Roseville. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis.

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(This Prince fashion line didn’t really exist… but it could).

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46. 22. Funfetti

The world’s best cake mix is made by Pillsbury, which was founded in Minnesota in 1872.

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47. 23. Amy Adams

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Adams got her start doing dinner theater in Chanhassen. In 1999, she landed a role in Drop Dead Gorgeous, which was being filmed in Minnesota. She’s been amazing in every movie since.

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49. 24. The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is the first and largest not-for-profit medical center in the world. And also one of the best.

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50. 25. Praire Home Companion and Garrison Keillor

Born in Anoka, Garrison Keillor is the unofficial mascot of Minnesota.

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51. 26. Fun In The Snow

Video available at: https://vimeo.com/58326678.
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54. 27. And Hilarious Snow Jokes

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57. 28. The Winningest Coach In College Football History

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St. John’s football coach John Gagliardi retired in 2012 after leading the university’s program for 60 years, amassing 489 wins.

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59. 29. Best Buy

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Giving you an excuse to cut out of Thanksgiving early, since 1983.

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60. 30. Lakes, Year-Round

You can go swimming in July and then drive your snowmobile across the lake in December. And there’s fishing year-round.

With over 10,000 lakes, there’s no shortage of places to have fun.

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62. 31. Honeycrisp Apples

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The Honeycrisp apple, aka the most delicious apple in all the land, was invented at the University of Minnesota.

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63. 32. Judy Garland

There’s no place like home, when your home is Minnesota. Garland was born in Grand Rapids in 1922.

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64. 33. Beautiful Butter Sculptures

Every year Princess Kay of the Milky Way gets her image sculpted out of butter at the Minnesota State Fair.

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66. 34. The Mighty Mississippi

The Mississippi river begins at Lake Itasca in Clearwater County.

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70. 35. Biking

Apologies to Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and many other great cities, for Minneapolis being named America’s #1 bike-friendly city by Bicycling magazine.

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74. 36. The Perfect Bloody Mary

Minnesota reveres the Bloody Mary. And it’s an unspoken rule that every bloody is served with a small glass of beer, which is referred to as a snit or beer back.

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76. 37. Eternal Optimism

In Minnesota, things will always get better.

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78. 38. Prince

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Prince, “When You Were Mine”

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Prince, “Darling Nikki”

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