Sunday, March 15, 2015

Minnesota Myths

Myth #1… Minnesota is always cold.

It's a brisk Saturday morning, with a promising high of 60 degrees. There is a chill in the air, but the sun is out and that only means one thing... Ditch all things that remind you it's the middle of March, and embrace the day in your summer essentials. With shorts on and no coat in hand, you're ready for, where else? The lake.

It's no secret that Minnesota is cold. And I'd be willing to bet that "bitter wind chills" and "snow" are some of the most common associations with the state. However, don't be fooled. Every once in a while, Minnesota will be treated (or teased) with a little taste of summer in the middle of winter. 

After walking around Lake Calhoun on Saturday, I'd argue that the cold brings out the best in Minnesotans. First of all, we begin to appreciate things as simple as a 50 degree day. Second, the state's level of "Minnesota Nice" increases by 10 fold when the weather improves. You begin to say hi to every stranger you pass on the street. Why? Because it's not -20 outside. And if that wasn't enough to make you want to seize the day, you also begin to realize how lucky you are to live in a state that experiences every season to its fullest.

So despite Minnesota's terrible reputation for always being cold. I'd like to debunk that myth and encourage you to leave your coat at home and go outside! Because there is nothing better than a promising 60 degree day in the middle of March. 

The "Minnesota Myths" is a series of posts that attempt to debunk the most common and infamous myths about the state of Minnesota. If you have any myths that you'd like busted, please leave a comment below!

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