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Help me adjust to (or tolerate) the Midwest...

I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 - 60 answers

 

What snowblower do I want?

Current snowblower appears to be dead. Looking for a recommendation for a replacement, probably single-stage, at a reasonable price. Machine will be used to clear paved surfaces (sidewalk plus driveway) for a Minnesota home. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Jan 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Tastes of the Midwest: Grocery Edition

I work with a small retailer of non-perishable foodstuffs (among other things). Niche and one-of-a-kind product lines—local/craft/boutique, organic, gluten-free, etc.—do quite well here, and we'd like to carry more of the same. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Dec 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Heating contractor in the Twin Cities

Who is the absolute best heating contractor in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Where should I live?

Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 14, 2013 - 50 answers

Where should I go backpacking in Minnesota this weekend?

I want to go backpacking in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this weekend. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there a large shopping/strolling/dining area in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

Visiting the Twin Cities in a few weeks with my girlfriend. She'd like to check out some walkable shopping districts with a vibrant, dense mix of stores and places to eat. But does this exist on a somewhat-large scale? [more inside]
posted by theory on Jul 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Toddler activities in Twin Cities, Minnesota

Asking for friends: They have a 2-year old and are looking for various toddler activities around the Twin Cities (accessible by public transit a plus, but farther away may be worthwhile for something really awesome), especially both downtowns, Roseville......... Swap groups (clothes, toys), sports/physical classes, play groups, a swimming pool with shallow toddler area, music and art classes, dance (esp. tap dance, including shows if young kids can't participate), etc. TIA.
posted by Ky on Jul 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find a women's backpacking backpack!

Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
posted by mlo on Jul 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Overnight retreats near Minneapolis

Help me relax for a night away near Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by gregglind on Jun 20, 2013 - 5 answers

We're heading to Minneapolis! What should we do?

So my BFF and I have five days in Minneapolis, two of which we're spending at an educational conference (Yay FlipCon13!) in Stillwater. Hope us eat well AND have fun in Minnesota! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

You mean, like, to vote...?

Minnesota-vehicle-noob filter: What sorts of vehicle registration documents do I need to keep in or on my car? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on May 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Special needs teachers deserve a special thank you

We have received services from the school district and we are about to lose our teachers due to our daughter aging out of the program. We'd like to give nice and appropriate gifts to the teachers who have helped our daughter for the last two and a half years. [more inside]
posted by look busy on Apr 18, 2013 - 16 answers

What is becoming a wedding officiant like?

My fiance and I are planning to get married next year, and we would like to ask a dear family friend to officiate the wedding. I want to know if there are any drawbacks/difficulties that we may not have thought of. [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Jan 20, 2013 - 16 answers

St. Paul therapists?

Can you suggest a therapist in or near St. Paul, MN? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2012 - 1 answer

...marked "beware of the leopard."

(US election filter) Is it unlawful for me to post some homemade additional "vote here" signs to make my polling place easier to find? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Oct 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Must-sees in the Twin Cities!

I'll be in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November for a conference over a weekend. What should I do, see, and eat while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Oct 15, 2012 - 22 answers

Debate parties please!

Where can I find a place to watch the presidential/vice-presidential debates? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 20, 2012 - 5 answers

There's a hole in the driveway, dear Lisa, dear Lisa...

Who should I be contacting to fix this sinkhole? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Name one kid-friendly activity between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Norfolk, Nebraska.

Taking a road trip with a 6 year-old and an 8 year-old around Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, it must end in Norfolk. Looking for ways to make it fun for the kids. Open to quick stops or day+ diversions, happy to drive out of the way if the cost/benefit is there as the time-line is open-ended. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by LowellLarson on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city?

How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 19 answers

Translate Me This

Translation Help Please for these gravestones ... (Chinese or Japanese? I'm completely ignorant of Asian languages, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Jul 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Can you suggest a resort near Minneapolis?

I'm looking for a weekend getaway within two hours of Minneapolis. And I just know that you have suggestions. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jul 12, 2012 - 6 answers

If that ain't Lake Minnetonka in "Purple Rain," which lake is it?

In 1984's "Purple Rain," Prince famously tells Apollonia to purify herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. They're standing by a lake, so she jumps in, and only then does he tell her "That ain't Lake Minnetonka." I believe it's not--I'm a native Twin Citian and Lake Minnetonka is huge and ritzy. But my question is: What lake IS it? Another Twin Cities lake? Something in L.A.? A soundstage pool? (Unlikely!) Does anyone have the definitive answer. You can watch the scene here, NSFW because she's topless.
posted by GaelFC on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

"Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." "I was not aware of that."

Road trip: what should we check out in Wisconsin and Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 15, 2012 - 38 answers

Dog-friendly outdoor destinations in the Upper Midwest

Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by compartment on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area.

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Feb 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Suggestions for a winter road trip from MN to OR with little prep!

Driving from Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR at the end of the week. Looking for suggestions on what to do along the way. Bonus: Yellowstone for a day? [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara on Feb 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Who the Hell is Captain John, D'Unger?

Where can I find me a copy of the 1876 Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia? If you're a librarian, please hope me! [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Jan 24, 2012 - 7 answers

winter carnival - best ever - chilly snowy good times

How do I have the best St. Paul MN Winter Carnival Weekend possible? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Jan 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Dim sum in Minnesota

Dim sum in Minnesota--on a weekday? [more inside]
posted by Ky on Dec 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Twin Cities XC ski stores!

I'm in the Twin Cities, and I see a number of great-sounding ski stores in my area: Sisu Nordic, Hoigaard's, Midwest Mountaineering, Hopkins Ski and Cycle, and more. Can anyone help me suss out exactly what makes each store unique? I want to buy skate skis and equipment, both local and new, so help me out. Also, are there any good ski forums for the area?
posted by cothebadger on Nov 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find futuristic Minnesota

I am preparing to do a photo shoot, and am looking for quasi-futuristic or ultramodern places in Minneapolis to use as a backdrop.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Sep 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Feeling California, Shopping Minnesota

What's a good gift certificate for fashionable warm clothes in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Aug 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Places to camp within a day's ride of Minneapolis?

Some friends and I - all new to the area - are looking for a good place to camp within a long day's bike ride of Minneapolis, MN (60-100mi). We're hoping for something where we'll see few other people, and preferably access to a lake or river, hiking trails, and general wilderness (or at least the feeling of being away from civilization for a bit), and good to stay for a couple of days. Any recommendations? I'm having a hard time with the signal to noise ratio of the rest of the internet. Thanks!
posted by entropone on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Minneapolis speed dating

I live in Minneapolis, MN, and I'm interested in giving speed dating a try, but I have to idea where to start. Any suggestions for particular events, organizers, or how to get started with this? [more inside]
posted by great.ideas.$1 on Jun 22, 2011 - 1 answer

What to do in Duluth?

What's a life-long city boy to do in Duluth? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 20, 2011 - 26 answers

where to live in minneapolis

What's a good neighborhood in Minneapolis for post-college life in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Day trip advice: Twin Cities, Minnesota

I'm traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota I'll have a bunch of free time and a rental car. I would love recommendations for a day trip! [more inside]
posted by ReeMonster on Apr 26, 2011 - 23 answers

Good exterminator in Twin Cities

Anyone have a recommendation for an exterminator in the Twin Cities area (St. Paul specifically)? Orkin looks like the main game in town, but I'm wary of simply going with the biggest option around just because it's simple. Reviews/defense of Orkin's service are welcome, too! This is for insects, not rodents.
posted by Bebo on Jan 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Snowball Run II: Electric Boogaloo

How crappy is I-94 from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI going to be tomorrow morning? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Dec 12, 2010 - 5 answers

From Los Angeles breeze to Minneapolis freeze

I am moving to Minneapolis from Los Angeles and the only thing I'm a bit worried about is the weather. Got some tips? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Dec 7, 2010 - 45 answers

Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities?

Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Nov 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Moving to the Great White North - how to be prepared?

What do we need to know about moving to Rochester, Minnesota? Do I need to learn to cook ethnic food if I want to eat it? Do we need engine block heaters? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Oct 22, 2010 - 22 answers

Surely there's more than Funkytown...

MixTapeFilter:Songs about Minnesota? Sorta previously.
posted by advicepig on Sep 18, 2010 - 35 answers

Minneapolis therapist recommendations?

Therapist recommendations for Minneapolis (or western suburbs)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 - 0 answers

Indoor Track in the Twin Cities Minnesota?

Recommend an indoor running track in the Twin Cities, Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror on Sep 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Blue forty-two, hutt hutt!

I want to be an NFL football fan again. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Aug 21, 2010 - 15 answers

How much for the death ray?

Custom build PC in Twin Cities or Online [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Aug 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Endocrinologist advice

Total noob here. I'd like to find a friendly/thorough endocrinologist in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and I'd also like to hear general advice about getting thyroid/hormones tested. [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

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