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November 15, 2017

Our beloved state of Minnesota is more interesting than you think. MN is not just the state that we live in, there are many unique aspects of it that this series of articles will explore.

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Holly Wolff

Chapter one: MN based clothing brands

Sota Clothing

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Sota Clothing is a clothing brand started by Spencer Johnson who came up with the idea to start the brand with pursuing his graphic design degree at UMD. The online store features clothing for adults and children, hats, and accessories such as socks, mugs, water bottles, and more. This brand is sold in many stores in Minnesota, such as Scheels. Sota Clothing has also started the Minnesota Nice Project which is a project where the brand creates shirts to sell to raise money for those struggling with destruction from natural disasters, dealing with broken school systems, or fighting diseases like cancer.


Great Lakes Northern Outfitter

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This brand was co-founded by David Burke and Spencer Barrett. Both men consider the outdoors and family big parts of their lives and were inspired to create Great Lakes Northern Outfitter because of those reasons. The brand is currently in the process of establishing relationships with retailers across the Midwest but as of now, the clothing is mainly sold online. Their products mostly include, but are not limited to, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and crew necks, and winter hats.


Northmade Co.

Image result for Northmade Co.Northmade Co. prides themselves on their sense of community and the fact that their whole team is made up of Minnesotans who are “big-hearted.” This brand was started in Minneapolis in 2012 but have recently updated their look and changed their name from MPLS/ STP Clothing Co. to what it is now. The Northmade Co. warehouse is located in Northeast Minneapolis at Studio #107 in the North Co. building (610 SE 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414). In this location, the Northmade team ships products, creates new designs, and has fun. They have a variety of clothing collections including those named, “Purple and Gold,” “Up North Collection,” and “Minnesota Pride.”


DLH Clothing

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DLH was created by married couple Sarah and Michael Smisek because they wanted a way to represent the city that they love – Duluth. Their goal in starting this company was to create clothing that was not gimmicky and represented more of the local artists and businesses of their beloved city. Sarah runs all of the operations, orders, and shipping, and Mike designs all of the artwork and maintains their website. DLH products mainly highlight shirts and hoodies with minimal, sophisticated designs.


Minnesota Made

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Minnesota Made is a locally owned and operated clothing company run out of Stillwater, MN. The brand was created by  Sarah E. Schroeder who was born and raised in Stillwater and came up with the idea for her brand in the summer of 2013. The idea came to her at a concert in Duluth where she saw many Minnesota inspired shirts and decided that she could create some of her own. Her goal was to create unique designs that Minnesotans could connect with and wear with pride. The Minnesota Made website features many different clothing options including clothing for dogs.

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Chapter two: only-in-Minnesota foods

Jell-o salad

Jell-o salad is not an exclusive Minnesota food but it is what most people in MN mean when they say “bring a salad” to a get-together. Usually including marshmallows, this dessert comes in many forms including fruit Jell-O salads, salads with candy bars and many more.

Strawberry Jello Salad

Prep Time: 5 mins

Course: DessertServings (change # to adjust recipe measurements):4

AuthorChristina Hitchcock


  • 16 oz Cottage cheese
  • 3 oz box instant Jello any flavor
  • 4 oz crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup whipped topping


  1. Combine cottage cheese, Jello and pineapple together in a bowl.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.


This dish that usually requires a large group of people to make is very popular in Minnesota. It is a community-based stew that is made in a large drum and includes pretty much whatever vegetables and meats that you can get your hands on. If you are looking for a place to try this interesting stew, there are many community events in the St. Paul area that annually serve it at church meetings, fundraisers, Festivals, etc.

Tater tot hot dish

Minnesota is considered kind of weird for the fact that this dish is called a “hot dish” and not a “casserole” like in other states. Tater tot hot dish is one of the most popular and uniquely Minnesotan dishes there is. It is often served at large get togethers such as family reunions or potlucks because it is such a large dish. Do not be fooled by its humble appearance, it is a universally likable combination of cream of mushroom soup, corn, green beans, beef, and crispy tater tots.

Sweet Martha’s Cookies from the Minnesota State Fair

Sweet Martha’s Cookies are the most popular food at the Minnesota State Fair. The cookies are only available at the state fair once a year. Martha has been selling her cookies for over 30 years along with her husband and her two friends. The cookie business makes around $4M a year selling for only 12 days at the state fair. They offer three different sizes: Take Home Bucket is $16, a large cone of cookies is $7.00 and a regular size cone is $6.00


Walleye is not only the Minnesota state fish, it is also a beloved food in MN. Whether grilled, deep fried, or whatever other form of walleye you can think of, walleye is one of the most popular foods in MN.

Crispy Baked Walleye


  1. 2 Eggs
  2. 1 Tablespoon water
  3. 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  4. 1/3 cup instant mashed potatoes
  5. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  7. 4 (4 oz) walleye fillets


  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2.  Beat the eggs and water together in a bowl until smooth; set aside. Combine the bread crumbs, potato flakes, and Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl with the seasoned salt until evenly mixed. Dip the walleye fillets into the beaten egg, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3.  Bake in the preheated oven until the fish is opaque in the center and flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.
By Fishing In Minnesota

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Chapter three: sayings

“You betcha”

Every Minnesotan has heard this in his/her lifetime, whether it was from someone making fun of our Minnesotan tendencies or someone saying it in a serious manner. This is the Minnesotan response that shows our strong agreement to something because just saying yes, isn’t enough. The term is used more in older generations, but it is still popular with those who have grown up hearing it.

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If you have ever been to a Vikings game, you have most definitely heard this exclamatory phrase. This Norwegian word used by vikings actually means “cheers” and “to good health.” To Minnesotans, it is our fight song and the only word needed when showing our support for our home football team. There’s a darker meaning too that we won’t go into, but you can read about here
if you want to

“Bag” (Baaaaaayyyyyg)

Many non-Minnesotans are confused by the way that we hold our vowels. When people from pretty much any other place in the country here us say “bag” they may be confused or not even know what we are saying at all because the more common way of saying the word is “b-ag.” The same goes for pretty much any “-ag” words.

“Oh, for cute”

As Minnesotans, we can’t just simply say how cute that little puppy is or how much we enjoy those Christmas decorations, we had to make up our own way of saying it. Minnesotans add “oh for” in front of many different words, including “oh for fun” and “oh for sure,” just to add our own little twist to it and make sure that people know just how cute or fun or sure something is.


It’s not soda or Coke in Minnesota, it’s pop.It’ss a general term to describe a carbonated beverage that usually comes in a can. This is usually followed by the  flavor of pop that you would like. One of the most popular pops in MN is Sun Drop.

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