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We Minnesotans have a great ability to recognize our unique ways and to laugh at ourselves.

Minnesota Jokes and Stories

Minnesota jokes and stories are passed from family to family and down through the generations.

The Scandinavians among us have given rise to the "Ole and Lena" jokes.

Minnesota Vikings jokes help us ease the pain of the many "so close, yet so far away" results of the football season.

We really know that the joke is on us as we make fun of our accent, our weather, our habits and more.

Several well known Minnesota entertainers have made sharing Minnesota "distinctiveness" their life's work. Garrison Keillor, of A Prairie Home Companion fame, makes his living by recognizing the humor in Minnesota's Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, Lutheran Pastors, Scandinavian cooking and those of us who haunt the local café to eat rhubarb pie.

“Two- to four-finger waves are commonly used between fast-moving vehicles, but the nicely executed single-finger wave is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. To me, it perfectly sums up the Minnesota character that I love so much. The finger wave from the steering wheel: when you get it right, you'll know you've arrived and you don't ever have to leave again if you don't want to.” 
~ Howard Mohr, How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor's Guide

Signs You Are From Minnesota

  1. You own only 3 spices...salt, pepper, and ketchup.
  2. You have more miles on your snowblower than on your car.
  3. You design your halloween costumes to fit over snowmobile suits.
  4. You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
  5. You know the 4 seasons... winter, still winter, not winter, and almost winter.You owe more money on your snowmobile than your car.
  6. You thought the movie Grumpy Old Men was a documentary.
  7. You think everyone from a different state has an accent.
  8. Your husband thinks sexy lingerie is a flannel nightgown with only 8 buttons.
  9. You have 10 favorite recipes for venison
  10. You think wild rice is exotic and white rice is a hot dish.
  11. Somewhere in the state is a piece of frozen metal with bits of your tongue stuck to it.

There are thousands more Minnesota jokes and stories about our state and its residents.  Many of them are about winter.

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My husband and I purchased an old home in Northern Minnesota from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and I was concerned about the house's lack of insulation. "If they could live here all those years, so can we!" my husband confidently declared. One November night the temperature plunged to below zero, and we woke up to find interior walls covered with frost. My husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a rather brief conversation, he hung up. "For the past 30 years," he muttered, "they've gone to Florida for the winter."

Winters are fierce in Minnesota where he lives, so the owner of a construction project felt he was doing a good deed when he bought earmuffs for his foreman. Noticing, however, that the foreman wasn't wearing the earmuffs even on the bitterest day, the project manager asked, "Didn't you like the muffs?" The Foreman said, "They're a thing of beauty." "Why don't you wear them?" The Project Manager said. The Foreman explained, "I was wearing them the first day, and somebody offered to buy me lunch, but I didn't hear him! Never again, never again!" More Minnesota Jokes About Winter

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