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You know you're from rural Minnesota when....

  1. 0 Hey everyone! I grew up my whole life in Minnesota and just recently moved to California. Anyways, a friend back home sent this to me and I thought that it was pretty funny so I wanted to share it with you. I think many of them are true, what do you think?

    1.The town you grew up in had a bar called Ma's Place.

    2.You know how to polka, but never tried it sober.

    3.FFA was the most popular club in high school.

    4.You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.

    5.You know it's traditional for the bride and groom to go bar
    hopping between the ceremony and the reception.

    6.You were delighted to get a miniature snow shovel for your
    3rd birthday.

    7.You can recognize someone from Iowa by their driving.

    8.You buy Christmas presents at Fleet Farm.

    9.You spent more on beer than you did on food at your wedding.

    10.You hear someone use the word "oof-dah" and you don't
    immediately break into uncontrollable laughter.

    11.You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.

    12.You or someone you know was a "Dairy Princess" at a county

    13.You know that "combine" is a noun.

    14.You let your older siblings talk you into putting your
    tongue on a steel post in the middle of winter.

    15.You think Lutheran and Catholic are THE major religions.

    16.You know that creek rhymes with pick.

    17.Football schedules are checked before wedding dates are set.

    18.A Friday night date is taking you girlfriend shining for
    deer. Saturday you go the the local bowling ally.

    19.There was at least one kid in your class who had to help
    milk cows in the morning...phew!

    20.You have driven your car on a lake.

    21.You can make sense out of the word "upnort" and "batree."

    22.You always believed that vacation meant "going up North."

    23.At every wedding you have been to you have had to dance the
    hokey poky & the chicken dance.

    24.Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.

    25.The local gas station sells live bait.

    26.At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles as a meat
    processing plant.

    27.Your mom asks, "Were you born in a barn?" and you know
    exactly what she means.

    28.You think that the start of deer season is a national holiday.

    29.Pop is not only what you call your dad, but is the ONLY
    name for soda.
    Last edit by chuchie on Mar 2, '06
  2. 13 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  BRemus profile page
    Having lived my whole life in Minnesota and about half of it in rural minnesota I can relate to most of this list sad huh
  4. Visit  rn/writer profile page
    This works for Wisconsin, too, with the following changes.

    7.You can recognize someone from Iowa [change to Illinois] by their driving.

    29.Pop is not only what you call your dad, but is the ONLY
    name for soda. [Nahhhhhh!]

    I loved--

    11.You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.


    23.At every wedding you have been to you have had to dance the
    hokey poky & the chicken dance.

    How about,

    You know the names and ingredients of Norwegian recipes--lefse, ebelskiver, lutefisk.

    The kids not only get "snow days" off school but "wind chill days" as well.

    You like the Lake Woebegon books but don't always see what's so funny.

    Thanks for a good laugh.
  5. Visit  suebird3 profile page
    my husband, born in cook co. illinois, spent many a summer "upnort" in cook co., mn (grand marais). he about spit his coffee laughing over this thread.
  6. Visit  chuchie profile page
    this works for wisconsin, too, with the following changes. can recognize someone from iowa [change to illinois] by their driving.

    hmmm...... i'm not so sure about that one, i've driven through both and i still think people from iowa drive worse to be fair i know of many "minnesota merging morons" lol.
    Last edit by chuchie on Mar 7, '06
  7. Visit  SanskeetRN profile page
    Ok, these are too funny

    I grew up in ND and have been in Mn for 14 yrs. and have to add the following:

    !. You have ever been trick or treating with your costume over a snow suit

    2. You go in the ditch 5 miles out of town and word gets back before you do.

    3. You've passed a combine on main street

    4. You know every dog in town by name, and every dog in town knows you by name.

    5. You never dared do anything wrong because anyones parents could reprimand you and your parents backed them up

    There are more but I can't think of them right now, I"m a little stressed out as I'm headed to my first clinical weekend of the second semester at 4:00 First time I'll be doing meds so I'm a bit nervous..actually more about trying to get all the drug cards and care plan done by 0645 tomorrow morning:uhoh21:

    Love this thread!
  8. Visit  DarlinNurseRed profile page
    I am a Mississippian who recently visited Minnesota...this thread was funny-we feel the same way about the drivers from Alabama...
    The accents were so different from what i am used to...we say everything with 2 syllables of course.
    (I did enjoy the extended visit!)
  9. Visit  suebird3 profile page
    Don't forget this: Summer mode of transportation in very Northern MN is canoe; winter mode of transportation is dogsled or snowmobile. Other than that.....Ooof dah!

  10. Visit  HM2VikingRN profile page
    But the pop usage is much much cooler. Believe it or not there is actually a linguistic study in progress about pop vs soda.
  11. Visit  chuchie profile page
    How about adding this one for number 30 on the list:

    VIKINGS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. Visit  nativehealer profile page
    [FONT=System]You slow down for Moose crossing signs, but ignore Deer crossing signs
  13. Visit  RANCH GIRL profile page
    you listen intently to ole and lena jokes:

    ole in minnesota, while not a brilliant man, was a gifted portrait artist. his fame grew and soon people from all over the country were coming to him for painting. one day a beautiful woman pulled up to his house in a new mercedes. she asked ole if he would paint her in the nude. this was the first time anyone had made that request.

    as he hesitated, she said money was no object; she was willing to pay $5000.
    not wanting to get in trouble with his wife, ole asked the lady to wait while he went in the house to talk it over with lena, his wife. in a few minutes he returned and said to the beautiful young lady, "yah, shure, you betcha. i'll paint you in the nude.

    but i'll haff to leave my socks on so i'll haff a place to vipe my brush".
  14. Visit  MamaTheNurse profile page
    my brother-in-law is from ND so I thought I heard all the Ole and Lena jokes there were but this is a new (but awesome) one!!!