Cold enough for you? Yeah, us too.

Hi there, visitors. Welcome to our state.

Before you unpack, please understand that one of the reasons why the locals — who love the cold, they say — are talking about how terribly cold it is today is so that you’ll think highly of our ability to ignore the cold and pretend we love it so much we dread the coming summer. Just humor us; it’s a thing.

Minnesota Public Radio today released a video — the first in a series, apparently — with a reminder that we’re really not the “glacial hell”, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described us this week.

But, trust me, we understand why it thinks so.

There are quite a few MPR News staffers in that video. They’ll spend the day inside. Minnesotans aren’t stupid.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Isn’t that Mukhtar Ibrahim with the pink tie?

    • Had to go back and look at the video again so deleted previous messages. It’s Abdi Warsame, pretty much the face of MPR when you walk in the door. he gave up the good life in Tennessee, I believe, to partake of Minnesota full-time.

  • Guest

    “Very hard to get people to move to MN, impossible to get them to leave”

    Ya, we are hard to break into social circles. Not a history of temporary work force or migration in/out. So ask 100 co-workers how many are still in touch with families they knew from high school and many will say yes. We generally aren’t looking to expand our circle of friends. Folks who have lived in the same house for 5 years will still get thought of as the new people by the neighborhood.

    Just don’t ask me to explain how Lutefisk is used as a church fund-raiser. 🙂

    • Jack Ungerleider

      I’m a relative newcomer. I arrived for the first time in the Fall ’79 for college. Came back for good in the spring of ’86. When I saw the forecast for the next several days I knew the questions “Why do you live here? Don’t hate the cold?” would start. Of course my preferred answer is “No, I like the cold. Keeps the riff-raff out.”

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  • Rob

    It’s not glacial hell all the time. Gotta go – need to spend a few extra minutes to find my longies, locate some wool socks, auto-start the car so the interior can get warm before I leave for work, and try to convince my dogs – who have “WTF kind of weather is this?” looks on their faces – to go out to do their business.

    • I’ll just be here by the fire while browsing through seed catalogs.

    • Barton

      I had a panic this morning when I couldn’t find my wool Buff to cover my face with. So I wrapped up in a large scarf. Got to work and there was my Buff sitting on my desk. Glad I didn’t waste a lot of time looking for it this morning.

  • Barton

    Watched the video last night on Facebook. Really loved it AND they had it subtitled which was nice — except that the woman (about 1/4th or less) of the way in says “Tofte” not “toffee” which is what the subtitles said Clear as day.

  • Al

    When I was in college, I used my dad’s old snorkel parka from his college days, because it was cool. And it WAS cool–stuffed with crumbling polyester batting, gaping holes all over–it was literally cold AF. It wasn’t fit for 50 degree days, much less -20 windchills.

    My parents, seeing this, bought me a gorgeous, down-filled parka with a fur hood for college. What did I continue to wear? Dad’s old snorkel parka.

    Now I pull out the down parka in a heartbeat. I still have it, of course. But it’s not nearly as cool as that old snorkel parka.

  • Mike

    We may be a glacial hell in February, but Atlanta is a literal hell in August. Pick your poison.

    • KariBemidji

      It’s easier to warm than it is to cool down. I choose Minnesota in February every year.

      • Kassie

        While true for most of us, let’s not forget that for poor families winter is doubly more difficult than summer. There aren’t days that it is dangerous to walk/bus to school or work in the summer, but there are many in the winter. With plentiful resources, it is easier to heat up than cool down, but not for people just above the poverty line or poorer.

      • Postal Customer

        Disagree, it’s less far efficient to heat your house than to cool it.

        • Jack Ungerleider

          House: yes, person: no. You can always add a sweater or crawl under a quilt, but if its too hot you can only take off so much. 8^)

          My favorite piece about the cold: Charlie Maguire’s “I Like it Here/Oh Cold and Misery”.

  • KariBemidji

    Conversation at our house this morning:
    17 yo, at 6:20 a.m. coming back in from starting his car to get to school by 7: ‘Why does it have to be so cold? This has got to be the worst winter ever in Minnesota! Why?’
    Me: ‘Oh honey. It’s this way every year, you’ve just been chauffeured your whole life.’

    • Jerry

      I got frostbite on my index finger from the metal around the ignition trying to start my car one night after a basketball game in high school. This winter has been nothing so far.

      • There’s no ice on most of Lake Superior. Still shorts weather.

      • Rob

        I’ve been out in shorts and a T-shirt most every day so far, starting in early November.

  • Credit Warrior

    I love and respect the cold of Minnesota. I am retired and live near Rice on Little Rock Lake. Ice fishing has been very good this season. Have a shanty and always dress warm. I like all of the seasons as each are beautiful in their own way.

  • John

    It is pretty cold today.

    I’m trying to decide if I’m going to shorten the dog’s run this afternoon. Four miles feels reasonable, rather than the 5 I was planning.

  • AL287

    Minnesota winters are the chief reason I don’t have a pet dog. I have no desire to let a dog out to answer Nature’s call when it’s colder than a witch’s #@! outside.

    At least with my pet Maine Coon, Bitsy I don”t have to worry when the power goes out. Maine Coons are born and bred for the Bold North and I have enough down comforters, quilts and blankets to keep us both plenty warm.

    My nephew from Louisiana was mighty glad to have that heavy down comforter I gave him for his college graduation when he was in graduate school in Maine.