Minnesota Made Easy—Things You Should Know

Due to the overwhelming requests for more Minnesota info, here are some important facts that all visitors to Minnesota should know.

The so-called “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul are not really twins at all! In fact, they are two completely different cities with so little in common that residents of each city know virtually nothing about the other. However, there are no border restrictions and anyone who has a mind to can easily go back and forth between the two cities without a passport or other documentation.

Though Scandinavians are considered to be rampant in the Gopher State, the largest single nationality is German! It may be a coincidence, but a large prisoner-of-war camp was located near New Ulm during World War II. Many of the prisoners stayed on after the war, and some of their descendants can still be seen buying sauerkraut at local supermarkets around Southern Minnesota.

What’s the deal with Jell-O?  Jell-O is common at most Minnesota meals, either as a sumptuous side dish or a delightful dessert.  Here’s how to tell which is which, thus avoiding a potentially serious social gaffe:

    • Salad:  The Jell-O contains slices of carrot or fruit cocktail, is served on a leaf of lettuce, and is topped with a dollop of Miracle Whip.
    • Dessert:  The Jell-O contains slices of banana or marshmallows, is served on a bed of Nilla Wafers, and is topped with a dollop of Cool Whip.

Armed now with this valuable info, you’re sure to fit in like a Native. Yah, you betcha.

Today’s Fact-Cetera

Minnesotans Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz became YouTube sensations in 2009 with the video of their bridal party dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever”.


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