We asked Minnesotans what they love about our state.

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We asked Minnesotans what they love about our state.

We’re inspired by


Minnesota is a special place. It’s more than just our home — our state’s culture and natural beauty inspire us to be stronger, smarter, and more compassionate people. It’s why we are so proud every time our state lands at the top of a “Best Places to Live” list. It’s why we scoff when friends move to New York City. Minnesotans feel like they know a secret: There’s a paradise in the Midwest waiting for those who aren’t afraid of a little snow.

For more than 50 years, Minnesota Public Radio has been inspired by Minnesota. We’ve witnessed the local events that have shaped world history alongside the stories of our neighbors. We’ve made art and held concerts. And none of it would have been possible without Minnesotans who believe in the idea of fostering informed and engaged communities.

We want to find out what inspires

Here’s what others said:

public library systemRita from St. Paul
the MIALinda from Inver Grove Heights
the Mayo ClinicRobert from Maple Grove
diversity of faith communities working togetherVernita from White Bear Lake
wild riceBarrie from Plymouth
the FairEric from St. Louis Park
birch treesMary from Duluth
state parks
Joan from Freeborn
vast beauty of farmlandKatharine from Eagle Lake
Post-it notesKimberly from St. Paul

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