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The current regions and their names don't make sense to me. For example, why "North Central"? Doesn't that imply there should be a "North West"? If the "North East" doesn't include the, um, northeast shoreline of the state and its most northeasterly cities (e.g. Grand Portage), then isn't that "North Central"? The "Gunflint Trail" seems less like a region than an itinerary. And if there's a "Southeastern", doesn't that make the other part "Southwestern" (not "Southern")? It's almost as if someone's hidden the entire western portion of the state. Is that the part of Minnesota where all the children are "below average"? :) Plus there's the inconsistency between "North East" and "Southeastern". The Minnesota Tourism people [1] divide the state into Northwest MN, Northeast MN, Twin Cities, and South MN. Any reason this wouldn't work? - Todd VerBeek 12:52, 8 May 2006 (EDT)

I've merged Southeastern into Southern, renamed North Central and North East, and made North Shore and Gunflint Trail subregions of Northeastern. - Todd VerBeek 17:34, 16 May 2006 (EDT)

-I live in Minnesota, and I think some of the "Minnesotan" vocabulary posted is a little exaggerated. I've never heard most of the words/phrases. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:39, 24 December 2007

-I lived in Upper Michigan and would get over to norther Minnesota (Duluth, Bemidge, Aitkin, others) at least once a month. The listed phrases were very prominent in the northern region (and in northern Wisconsin and Michigan too). Now when I get back to Minnesota, it's usually in the Minneapolis area, and I haven't noticed the accents or stereotypical vocabulary as listed in this article. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:59, 2 April 2008

-- Could the regions be based more on the actual geography? So, the South East Driftless Region would showcase the valleys and streams. The Iron Range (Da Range, ya know) might be included in the "Arrowhead Region" -- a designation the state of Minnesota actually uses. Just a thought!


Aside from the list of vocabulary, the 'Talk' section of this article strikes me as ridiculous - over-generalized and far more than the traveler needs to be prepared for. Am I off-base? Gorilla Jones 23:01, 24 December 2008 (EST)

No. I had no idea that any of the stuff below (now cut out) is "Minnesotan", or even unusual. Jpatokal 02:08, 25 December 2008 (EST)
Much of the time, words are used differently than in the rest of the continental United States. "Anyways" is often used instead of "Anyway" even though the latter is correct. "Bring" and "Take" are often used interchangeably. When people "bring" something home, they often really mean that they are "taking" something home. The words "borrow" and "lend" are also used interchangeably, with the former being used often for both meanings.
"There you go!" means "here it is" usually when someone is giving you an item such as a cashier handing you change. She will say to the customer, "There you go." Another use of it is to give praise for attaining a goal or a level of understanding. A teacher might praise the effort of a student upon their success with "there you go."

Map typo[edit]

The map has Northwest Minnesota twice ... the one should read Northeast. Simple mistake and obvious. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Fixed. --Peter Talk 23:37, 23 July 2009 (EDT)

False stereotypes in "Talk"[edit]

I have lived in Minnesota all my life, and haven't heard almost all of the words listed in the "talk" section. The only words that I have heard that are on the list are the first four and the "20 below" example. (For the first four, I have never heard anyone use them in serious conversations) Other than those, I think most should be removed, since there are false stereotypes, or something that someone who knows nothing about the state added. Also, with the "pop" and "soda" thing, I would say it is not rare to hear someone say soda. Actually, I hear people say "soda" more than "pop" here in Rochester. --Tornado9989 21:31, 3 September 2012 (EDT)