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Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous are among my favorite movies simply because they take place in Minnesota dontchya know. Please read the duration of this article in the heaviest Minnesotan accent. If you need an example just turn to Drop Dead Gorgeous. Besides the accent, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis also makes this state shine.
Oh You Bet. School For Sure!
Okie-dokie, where to begin? The University of Minnesota, located smack dab in the middle of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is one of the biggest schools in the US, with programs offered in a wide range of fields. With all the options, students may get overwhelmed, but better to have too many choices than not enough. With a 16:1 student to professor ratio, it is not a challenge to be engaged with the class and the professor and form bonds in office hours. Does Minnesota have a great football team? Oh you betcha! Goldy the Golden Gopher is not kidding around with this Big 10 University. Fans come out en masse for hockey and football to support the Gophers and boo the opposing teams. Ya know, Star Trek TNG Data fans will be happy to find that the U holds the biggest collection of Sherlock Holmes literature and memorabilia. Oh ya, for sure they do! Once getting your hands on an original manuscript, take it home (don’t really) to read it by candlelight in your new off-campus apartment!
Oh For Cute, Apartments
In case you thought I meant to say, “Oh how cute,” I didn’t. “Oh for cute,” is a common Minnesotan phrase I don’t quite understand, but what ken ya do? Anyway, living off campus in Minneapolis offers students endless perks. The choices of things to do run the gamut from concert-going to barhopping to hiking and exploring the natural Minnesotan beauty. The Twin Cities is a place made for college students to enjoy, but housing options can be limited and a bit pricey. That’s why our apartment guide is a great tool to help you learn how to find apartments that suit your needs. Students generally gravitate toward areas like Dinkytown and the Como Avenue for places close to campus. For a cheaper pad, try searching a little further from campus and gather some roommates to help split the cost of rent. Students that live far from school can use the Metro Transit system to go almost anywhere in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The University shuttle and good ol’ fashion bikes are also helpful ways to get around.
Not so Dinky Dinkytown
The area of Dinkytown has a happening nightlife. Oh, you bet it does! The Kitty Cat Klub is a popular student hangout thanks to its bar, live music and dancing. Check the calendar to see if your favorite bands are coming through the Klub. For some beer and game watching, try The Big 10 Restaurant & Bar. Oofda! So much to do! Don’t forget to also head to areas like Downtown and the Super Block area for more bars and clubs.
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Why should I move to Minneapolis?
As the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle, and with five Fortune 500 headquarters situated here, the economy of Minneapolis is flourishing. The city is celebrated for its rich arts and culture, being second only to New York City in live theater per capita, and home to several renowned art museums including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Weisman Art Museum designed by Frank Gehry. Minneapolis is also distinguished for its superbly maintained parks and recreation, and in 2008 was ranked as the city with the most parkland per resident within cities of similar population densities. The hospitals are ranked among the best in the nation, the public transportation is reliable, and if you need yet another reason to move here, Minnesota is home to its own MLB and NFL teams, the Twins and the Vikings.
What are some quiet neighborhoods in Minneapolis?
Marcy-Holmes, wedged between downtown and the University of Minnesota, is a great neighborhood for quiet living with reliable transportation options, a safe reputation, and a younger demographic. If you seek a more artsy locale, lower northeast Minneapolis is a safe and peaceful neighborhood with a bit more personality and a few local bars. Prospect Park, located in southeast Minneapolis is ideal for families- safe, beautiful, and only a quick commute into the heart of downtown.
Are there any good places for brunch in Audubon Park?
With an inspired menu and a charming, laid-back ambiance, Mill City Café is a true Minneapolis gem, located less than two miles from Audubon Park on California Street. The menu is simple, yet well-executed, offering affordable and tasty dishes like the cinnamon wild rice pancakes, served with walnuts, blueberries, bananas, and rhubarb, and the Ecuadorian egg bake- two fried eggs served over black beans, topped with cheese and sour cream and served with a side of Mill City’s delectable potatoes. Soak up the sun on Mill City’s double-decker outdoor patio and enjoy your brunch amidst the charming wall of flowers.
How far is the airport from downtown Minneapolis and can I get there easily and cheaply?
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is a major transportation hub within the nation and located right in Minneapolis, about seven miles from downtown. The driving cost to the airport is less than $2 each way. Many smaller local airports are within 40 miles of the city as well including Minn Heliport, Crystal Heliport, Saint Paul Downtown Airport, South Saint Paul Municipal Airport, and Stanton Airfield. For those who would prefer not to drive to the airport, an array of alternative modes of transportation are available to fit any budget including shuttle buses, local taxis, and limousine services.
What's the weather like in Minneapolis?
The climate in Minneapolis is humid continental with hot, humid summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures average in the 70s, while winters bring temperatures averaging in the 10s. Winters bring heavy snow, yet the area sees more sunlight hours in mid-winter than many other parts of the country. The dry snow and long daylight hours of Minneapolis winters allow for excellent winter recreation, like skiing at the nearby Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area. During the warm summer months residents can take advantage of the beachside activities and spectacular views of the local Lake Calhoun.
What areas of Minneapolis are safe for walking around at night?
Downtown Minneapolis is a safe area for walking around at night, but housing prices can be a tad expensive in this area. Uptown Minneapolis is another safe alternative, especially the areas around Lindale, Nicollet, Penn, and West 7. Other safe Minneapolis neighborhoods include Whittier, with a nice assortment of restaurants as well as a large greenway, and Seward, with a mix of housing bordered by the Mississippi River.
What kinds of outdoor activities are either in or around Minneapolis?
With a multitude of parks and lakes in Minneapolis, the outdoor enthusiast shall not want for adventure. One option is to walk, bike, drive, swim, or paddle around the chain of lakes running north to south along the western side of the city. Some are connected by lagoons and creeks which eventually feed into the Mississippi River at Minnehaha Falls. During the cold winter months, popular pastimes include sledding, skating, hockey, and ice fishing.
Are there museums in Minneapolis or nearby?
Yes. Perhaps one of its best-known museums is the Walker Art Center, which operates and is adjacent to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden featuring the Minneapolis' iconic "Spoonbridge and Cherry." Other notable art museums include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum, which was designed by architect Frank Gehry, and the Museum of Russian Art. Minneapolis is also home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Bell Museum of Natural History, and the Mill City Museum, a museum dedicated to milling flour. The Bakken Museum's goal is to help people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.
Are there local sporting events in Minneapolis?
Yes, there is a wealth of local sporting events in Minneapolis. Minneapolis is home to several professional sports teams, including the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League, who play at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball, who play at Target Field. Both the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association and the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association play at Target Center. Neighboring St. Paul also hosts a number of professional, semi-professional, and amateur sports teams.