Out-of-towners search for the real Minnesota

Let’s check in to see how the out-of-towners are telling the world about us.

PJ Fleck, who moved here a year ago, tells Dan Patrick that jumping into the freezing water in winter is known here as a “Minnesota bath.” Minnesota bath? Anybody?

Al’s Breakfast, told accurately. The St. Olaf sweatshirt? Nice touch.

The obligatory ice-fishing story comes from NBC sports, whose participants revealed their out-of-towner status by paying attention to the “thin ice” sign on Lake Minnetonka. Rookies.

Other media outlets also went ice fishing. Deadspin’s Drew Magary, who grew up on Lake Minnetonka and should know better, fled to Lake Minnetonka to drink beer and observe that fish are stupid.

“I always figured that people didn’t really like ice fishing, they just hated their families,” a commenter observed.

Must be from here.

  • BReynolds33

    Things like this make me wonder what kind of falsehoods we are hearing about when we read / watch about other states.

    Oh, and the line about hating their families is stolen from somewhere. I can’t remember where, though.

    • Also worth pointing out that I haven’t seen a SINGLE piece in any out-of-town media writing about Minnesota that came to St. Paul and took note of the ice castle in Rice Park.

      • Jim in RF

        I’m walking the Torchlight parade Sat night with a group and wondering if crowds will be +/- than usual. Do it every year, and weather never seems to make much of a difference.

        • Gary F

          Just waiting for that story on the news of some tough gal from Philly knocking some Vulcan out cold.

          • Rob

            I think you buried the lede.

          • Kassie

            Please god, let this happen. I hate Vulcan’s so much.

      • Rob

        You’d think that St.Paul’s $400,000 Ice Castle endeavor would’ve budgeted enough for marketing/PR to lure a few more major media outlets to cover it. And if we ship the melted water from the Ice Castle to Cape Town, South Africa, that wouldn’t be a terrible idea.

      • Gary F

        I went to the Ice Palace on Tuesday night and couldn’t see much of it because of all the cars, trucks, and car dealership signs plastered all over it. I know someone has to pay for it, but it just wasn’t that great,.

        The main beer for sale was Old Style, which I haven’t drank since my WIlliam’s Peanut Bar days 30+ years ago. Come on.

        You walk up and look at it for ten minutes, find the frozen fish, look at the pennies stuck in the side, and say to yourself “Yep, it’s and Ice Palace all right” then move on.

        I didn’t see any Patriots or Eagles clothing. Just the usual local stuff.

    • Jerry

      I know some people think it must be freezing in July here because they never see any other depictions of Minnesota than that of a frozen hellscape.

      • Rob

        It ain’t freezing in July, but let’s remember to bear in mind that total ice-out in Minnesota doesn’t typically happen ’til early May. That’s enough to make anybody weep.

  • jon

    Get to the grape salad!

  • Robert Moffitt

    NBC got it wrong. We don’t say “bubbler”