Minnesota Nice(st place in the Midwest)
Why Minnesota Produces the Best People
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 09:02
“Minnesota Nice.” It is an expression that is commonly used, but what does it mean? Is it a reference to the kindness shown by those who inhabit the land of 10,000 lakes?
Or is it a reference to the nicety of the landscape ranging from woodland forests, both deciduous and coniferous, or even the prairie grasslands of southwestern Minnesota?
It may even be interpreted as a nice place to shop, home of the Mall of America with its abundance of shops and attractions.
Or, maybe the strong moral compass we Minnesotans pride ourselves with.
I believe that it is, quite simply, all of the above.
Minnesota produces great people. We are both vastly diverse yet, simultaneously, homogenous. There are the big-city people from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Then there is the more urban crowd of the northern suburbs and cities like Saint Cloud and Duluth. And finally, the smaller-town folks like those of the far north and the far south.
Yet, we all come together as one in the wonderful land of sky-blue waters.
It is not uncommon to see someone holding the door open for a group of people or starting a conversation in line with a stranger while waiting for morning coffee. This is “Minnesota nice.”
We as Minnesotans know the importance of hard work, both in the workplace and in school. Children work hard to ensure their continuation on to higher education or their entrance into full-time employment. Whether staying within the borders of our great state or going elsewhere, we hold these values dearly.
Minnesota has some of the best education in the country. As a state, we are ranked 9th in the country for the highest ACT and state test scores according to act.org. It is ranked No. 1 amongst the states of the Midwest.
A generation that is educated is essential for carrying on important values to future generations. Minnesota does just that.
It is also important to remember that we are the state of hockey. From young ages, many kids can remember lacing up skates and going to a nearby park to play a pick-up game of hockey. You may not have even known the kids you played with, but it never mattered.
There is something to be said about the toughness of a state that thrives on cruising upon hard ice with blades on their feet. However, we are not merely just athletic brutes, we have a strong cultural influence as well.
The Guthrie Theater and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts showcase some of the most beautiful shows and pieces of art in the country. Minneapolis and St. Paul are a hotspot for anyone who loves art and architecture. Made up from things such as the silver skyline of the city to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
All in all, I believe that Minnesota is the best state in the Midwest. It breeds a collection of diverse people who are both social and thoughtful. In the summer, you can be out on the boat enjoying the warm sun with friends on one of the many lakes. In the winter, you can enjoy hot chocolate and a pick-up game of hockey at the park without the fear of being blown away by the wind.
Minnesotans are intelligent, wholesome folks. We host an environment of art and spectacle that attracts travellers from all around the world to see our malls or one of our many shows downtown.
The natural beauty of Boundary Waters is unparalleled, and we take pride in our tall forest and sweeping plains.
Though best of all, in Minnesota, we like knowing that we keep the winter melt in our lakes, not our streets.