(Closed) What can you tell me about Minnesota?

posted 6 years ago in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@elizabeth2004: I can’t tell you a whole lot about the downtown area or the crime aspect.  We’ve been here since late July and live outside of the city (although we’re planning on moving a little closer if possible).  I can tell you though that we’ve loved everything we’ve done so far and absolutely love living here.  We moved up from South Carolina and it’s been an amazing experience so far. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Check out the suburbs.  I have spent alot of time in Minn/St. Paul for work, my mom lives there and my son goes to college there.  I would check out living in Edina, Eden Prairie and that area.  The schools and living in Hopkins is also good.  I really liked the schools in Hopkins, my son went to HS there and it is the artsy area.  Personally I am not a fan of downtown Minneapolis, playing there is fun, but IMO, not the safest place to live.  Minnetonka is nice also.  I like the areas that are south west of the city.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I lived in Minneapolis for a bit. If you’re going to do an apartment, check out uptown. It’s a younger, hipper kind of neighborhood. I don’t really know much about living downtown, so I can’t give you any advice.

I lived near Powderhorn Park (on the southeast side), which was more of an “up and coming” neighborhood (translation: awesome huge newly renovated apartment for a low price and some questionable neighbors). But I never felt unsafe.

Overall, I really liked Minneapolis. It’s like a much smaller, friendlier version of Manhattan. (Minnesota nice is not an exaggeration).

Also, you are going to LOVE Lake Calhoun!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

It’s cold but the people are nice πŸ™‚ DH’s brother has lived there for several years and seems to really like it. It’s consistently listed as one of the best cities to live in in the nation. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@elizabeth2004: Eh, Lake Calhoun just so happens to be in the city (not outside, not on the border, etc) so it makes for the prefect daytrip without having to actually leave Minneapolis.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@elizabeth2004: Generally I would avoid living in downtown minneapolis, though uptown isn’t bad, and south minneapolis is a pretty good area too. I’ve usually lived in the suburbs though, eagan, edina, eden prairie, hopkins, and plymouth are all good, and I have heard good things about their school systems. I loved living in St. Anthony, though it’s a small area, and new brighton is good area as well, and most areas in roseville. I would deff avoid north minneapolis as that is the worst area for crime, and such, and most areas in St. Paul, esp. the east side seem iffy, though Como Park area is really nice. And Stillwater is also nice, it really depends on what area you want to live in and how far away you’re willing to drive.

Acme comedy club is great, and there are a lot of great restraunts to eat at as well. Darling Husband and I love comedy too, so we go to Acme, there’s also one the MoA, but we haven’t checked that one out yet, though I’ve heard it’s good too. There are a lot of lakes around, and it’s always nice to go to those for walks, etc.

If your into skiing/snowboarding, there are a lot of places around the cities to go, and there’s also cross country skiing, though I have never done that. If you like motorcycling, in the summer there are a lot of great rides/routes to go on along the rivers, etc.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@dolphi99: Acme Comedy Club! Oh, I miss their open mic Mondays so much.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@elizabeth2004: Most deffinately! And like I said there are a lot of great restraunts around here too, depending on what you like. I’ve never been that big into winter sport either but Darling Husband bought me snowboarding lessons, so I’m looking forward to trying it out. Finding a winter sport I like would be nice since it would make the really long winters here not as bad. πŸ™‚

 

At least you’ll be moving here when it’s nicer, so you can kinda ease your way into minnesota winter!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Can you be a little more specific about which city he would be working in? I’ve lived in the Twin Cities metro area since I was 5 years old and I could tell you a lot about the surrounding areas.

The Bees that said to avoid North Minneapolis aren’t kidding…that’s excellent advice. Living Downtown isn’t so bad as long as you stay northwest of Lake St. Head more towards Uptown for a safer, younger, hip neighborhood. There are a lot of really great places to eat in Uptown and I would be more than happy to give you a few names depending on what food you’re looking for. South Minneapolis is pretty tame as well…mostly just north that you want to really avoid.

It’s cold. Hahaha! This winter actually isn’t so bad! We got MURDERED with snow last year, but this year has been pretty mild so far. We have beautiful seasons up here, so you have that to look forward to.

People up here are generally pretty nice. Lots of neighborhood potlucks and things like that.

Also, “casserole” is called “hotdish” up here (ex: “Patty is going to bring a tater tot hotdish to the office party”). Just a heads up πŸ˜‰

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