Minnesota Proud

Why are you Minnesota Proud?

MN Proud

There are a million reasons to be proud of this extraordinary state.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Minnesota 2nd overall among all the states in the U.S., based on a variety of factors including health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, quality of life, and more.

(We’d complain about not being number 1, but that wouldn’t be very Minnesota Nice of us.)

We’re famous for our winters around these parts—maybe more notorious than famous—but there’s something about summer that reminds us why we’d never want to be anywhere else.

For one thing, we sure appreciate summer here. It’s patio season. It’s walk-around-the-lakes season. It’s cabin season, boat season, emerge-from-hibernation-and-get-moving season.

And we also give summer the ultimate send-off with the legendary Minnesota State Fair. It’s the largest state fair in the country in terms of average daily attendance. The slogan Great Minnesota Get-Together is fitting. Every year, we make national headlines for the creative, over-the-top, ridiculously indulgent foods. It’s not to be missed. (Is it strange for an athletic club focused on wellness to be promoting a fried food haven like the state fair? We don’t think so. To us, wellness—and life—is all about balance.)

These reasons just scratch the surface.

Tell us: Why are you Minnesota proud? Is it the green space? The bike-friendly roads and paths? The friendly people, gourmet foodie scene, vibrant arts and theater community? Deep-fried candy bars on a stick? Something else entirely? We’d love to hear your reasons.