Best Quotes about Minnesota

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If you were to come to Minnesota, I could have you locked up like that. That’s power.–Jesse Ventura

The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.–Jim Ramstad

After 16 months of teaching, consulting, fellowship, and special project activities on matters ranging from conservation to healthcare to international trade, Gov. Ventura appointed me to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.–David Minge

In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety.–Jim Ramstad

I quite like Low, the band from Minnesota. They’re absolutely mesmerizing. I get much the same feeling from anything that Will Oldham does.–Gavin Rossdale

The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I’m looking at a run for Senate in 2008, but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest.–Al Franken

I have an education degree from the University of Minnesota, and I was a teacher for about a minute.–Loni Anderson

The long, cold Minnesota winters instilled in me a fascination for exotic far off places; I aspired toward a career in tropical diseases and world health problems.–Peter Agre

I never felt like I belonged in Minnesota when I was growing up there. That’s why I was out the door as soon as I turned 18.–Jessica Lange

During my early years at Minnesota I conducted an evening enzyme seminar.–Paul D. Boyer

American families, families back home in Minnesota, know only too well that out-of-pocket expenses for health care have been rising at an astonishing rate.–Jim Ramstad

Made it through high school, went to the University of Minnesota.–Dave Winfield

I was born in 1940 in Minnesota and grew up in the country… dirt roads, swamps, lakes, woods.–Terry Gilliam

When I was three years old I was taken with my family to a little town in Western Minnesota, where I lived a more or less vapid and ordinary life until I was ten.–Mary MacLane

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I have two cats at home in Minnesota with my family. Beau and Skippy–Rachael Leigh Cook

Judy Garland’s father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage.–Judy Davis

I grew up in Minnesota.–Sean William Scott

I grew up in Minnesota and everyone is so nice there. It is like Fargo. Everyone’s so chipper and you make friends just grocery shopping. We kill each other with kindness.–Sean William Scott

When I ran for governor of Minnesota, I only raised $300,000.–Jesse Ventura

In Minnesota it’s so cold some nights you have to wear two condoms.–Bruce Lansky

I’m looking California, And feeling Minnesota…–Chris Cornell

I am a Minnesotan, and not just because I root for the Vikings and the Twins. I like the Minnesota-nice sensibility. I like the liberal tradition; I like the Hubert Humphrey tradition fighting for civil rights.–Al Franken

I even believe [Donald Trump] won a little after – after the election rethinking, I think if we’d spent a little more time in Minnesota, we would’ve won Minnesota.–Rudy Giuliani

I grew up in Minnesota, where we treasure our tradition of civic engagement – and our record of having the nation’s highest voter participation.–Al Franken

I believe in the separation of church and state. We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don’t believe at all. . . . They are citizens of Minnesota, and I have to respect that.–Jesse Ventura

If you go to Minnesota in January, you should know that it’s gonna be cold. You don’t panic when the thermometer falls below zero.–Peter Lynch

I’m from Minnesota. I’m optimistic. I mean, that’s just who I am.–Thomas Friedman

Nobody comes to Minnesota to take their clothes off, at least as far as I know.–Diablo Cody

We are wide open and vulnerable and in all likelihood an activist judge will strike down our Defense of Marriage Act, our state law against gay marriage, this year. And in all likelihood, we will have gay marriage in 2004 in Minnesota , if we don’t get this amendment on the ballot for November.–Michele Bachmann

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What isn’t on my iPod playlist? I have very eclectic tastes. Jazz. Classic Rock. Hip Hop. Ska. Soul. Electronica.World Music. Funk. Blues. Chamber Music. Reggaeton. Gospel. And a whole lot of Prince. (I am a Minnesota gal through and through.)–Michele Norris

Minnesota is a state of public-spirited and polite people, where you can get a good cappucino and eat Thai food and find any book you want and yet live on a quiet tree-lined street with a backyard and send your kids to public school. When a state this good hits the jackpot, it can only be an inspiration to everybody.–Garrison Keillor

We had Jesse Ventura in Minnesota win the governorship, nobody thought he was going to win. I’m telling you, stranger things have happened.–Keith Ellison

It was just the best thing in my life, to come to Minnesota.–Thomas Vanek

As for family values, they are whatever they are – some families are tight, others are blown away like dandelion puffs. A main value in Minnesota is still: don’t waste my time, don’t B.S. me, I wasn’t born yesterday.–Garrison Keillor

Minnesotans who bought scenic art usually avoided winter scenes. Hannah didn’t find that surprising. Minnesota winters were long. Why would they want to buy a painting that would constantly remind them of the bone-chilling cold, the heavy snow that had to be shoveled, and the necessity of dressing up in survival gear to do nothing more than take out the garbage?–Joanne Fluke

If you can’t stand the heat, then move to Minnesota. They have snow in May.–Harry S. Truman

I grew up in northern Minnesota on 40 acres of wooded land 20 miles from the nearest town, and so the wilderness was home. It was not an unsafe place. I had that advantage. But there are so many representations of the wilderness being dangerous. You know, depictions of wild animals attacking people. It’s like, “No, we kill those animals in far greater numbers than they kill us.”–Cheryl Strayed

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I started out as the president of a small college in Minnesota in 1947. And I had five years of experience at the college. Then we went to Los Angeles. And the press got to what we were doing. And I went to Boston, which is my next series of meetings. That was in 1950.–Billy Graham

I thought if anyone need a leg up, it was our foster children. So, I started getting involved in education reform, and that was back in 1998. And as a result of all the reform work that I had done, people urged me to run for the Minnesota state Senate. I did, I was there for six years.–Michele Bachmann

Who is ready to be a truly independent representative of Minnesota? Who is free of entangling alliances and big money that allows them to represent? What do we need — that sort of person who can truly independently represent Minnesota, or something else?.–Walter F. Mondale

I was in the Minnesota state Senate from 2000 until 2006. In 2006, I was urged to run for Congress, I did. And I’ve been here ever since.–Michele Bachmann

As the Wall Street Journal called our economic plan, supply-side economics for the working man, is resonating in Minnesota and here in Missouri and across this country.–Rick Santorum

Dad was a chemistry professor at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, then Oxford College in Minnesota, and a very active member of the American Chemical Society education committee, where he sat on the committee with Linus Pauling, who had authored a very phenomenally important textbook of chemistry.–Peter Agre

My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We weren’t rich – but we felt secure.–Al Franken

There is no such thing as a typical season, not for the Cardinals, not for San Diego, not for Minnesota.–Dennis Green

It’s good to go back and look at what other states are doing. For example, Mayo Clinics and the University of Minnesota had a collaborative grant program that we modeled our program after, so we went back to talk to them about the successes of their program. It’s been very successful, the state is going back to fund it again, and it’s resulted in a great deal of collaboration and specifically patented technology.–Brian Thompson

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I grew up in Minnesota. Four generations of my father’s people are buried there.–Peter Agre

This is Democratic bedrock: we don’t let people lie in the ditch and drive past and pretend not to see them dying. Here on the frozen tundra of Minnesota, if your neighbor’s car won’t start, you put on your parka and get the jumper cables out and deliver the Sacred Spark that starts their car. Everybody knows this. The logical extension of this spirit is social welfare and the myriad government programs with long dry names all very uninteresting to you until you suddenly need one.–Garrison Keillor

The I-95 bridges were built in the early 1960s and are now more than 50 years old. The same vintage as the I-35 bridge that collapsed in Minnesota back in 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The antiquated Skagit River Bridge in Washington state that collapsed last May after a truck hit one of the trusses was even older. And it’s not just bridges. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 32 percent of the major roads in America are now in poor condition and in need of major repairs.–Ed Rendell

My family has loved Minnesota and that was one of the big reasons we decided to come back. For me, family decisions were a big part to coming back to the Twins.–Jim Thome

Before we even consider expanding Medicare, or another program based on its rates, we must reform our Medicare payment system so that it rewards value, not volume, and doesn’t disadvantage states like Minnesota that provide high-quality care in an efficient way.–Amy Klobuchar

I used to be sick of the backroads of Minnesota. I had to drive 30 miles to get home every day, take the schoolbus for two hours. But to drive through America and see the backroads, from Nashville to Memphis, Lovick to New Mexico, was incredible. It was probably the greatest trip of my life.–Garrett Hedlund

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The first time I came to the Comedy Festival some nutcase shot a bunch of people in Tasmania. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s just Tasmania.’ The second time I came, some nut shot up Columbine High School. Now I’m here again, and another nut just shot up a high school in Minnesota. If you can’t see the connection between me playing the Comedy Festival and mass murder, you’re no good at conspiracy theories.–Rich Hall

The longest road trip I’ve ever been on is from Minnesota to Los Angeles.–Sean William Scott

I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota in a proud Catholic family.–Denis McDonough

I’m indebted to the teachers who shaped me – from the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Croix Catholic elementary to the monks of St. John’s in Minnesota to my professors at Georgetown.–Denis McDonough

I’m a lifelong Vikings and Packers fan because I lived in both Minnesota and Wisconsin as a kid.–Mark Batterson

I’m from Minnesota! I used to work Knuckleheads at the Mall of America as a stand-up. I spent New Year’s there once. I’m not trying to namedrop.–Billy Gardell

Someone handed me Mexico City Blues in St. Paul [Minnesota] in 1959 and it blew my mind. It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.–Bob Dylan

Flip’s a player’s coach, and I do know one thing, he motivates better than anybody I know. His system is very oriented around the point guard. He and Steph (Marbury) had a great relationship when Steph was in Minnesota.–Kevin Garnett

The problem with party politics is that people get involved every two or four years and that is it. In the meantime, the legislature and Minnesota politics are on a separate track.–Paul Wellstone

After Blood Simple, everybody thought I was from Texas. After Mississippi Burning, everybody thought I was from Mississippi and uneducated. After Fargo, everybody’s going to think I’m from Minnesota, pregnant, and have blonde hair. I don’t think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you’re the character you’re trying to be.–Frances McDormand

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A Minneapolis, Minnesota high school teacher hung this sign under the clock in her classroom. “Time will pass…Will you?”–James E. Myers

The way I see it, I’m not going to Washington to be the 60th Democratic senator. I’m going to Washington to be the second senator from the state of Minnesota.–Al Franken

Midwestern people stick together. Gee willikers, they work hard. There’s no glitz, no glamour. When I was a girl in Duluth, Minnesota, I used to get up early and milk cows, so I know what hard work is.–Gena Lee Nolin

I played seven years in Minnesota and I’m looking forward to a better, greater seven years down in Miami. I’m back home. It’s great.–Daunte Culpepper

It was the Buffalo Bills at the Minnesota Vikings on NBC. It went to about five markets.–Al Michaels

Minnesota is very important. You’re going to have a competitive race for the Senate, a competitive governor’s race, you have an open seat in the 6th (Congressional) District, a state legislature that is closely divided, and a state that was very competitive in 2000 and 2004 and is likely to be again in 2008.–Ken Mehlman

I’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses.–Anna Wintour

Spending comes just as natural to liberals in Minnesota and the Minnesota legislature as bashing decency comes to the editorial board of our major metropolitan newspapers.–Michele Bachmann

I require silence to write the way an apple tree requires winter to make fruit. Being with people is intimate and joyous, but at some point, I’ll wander off by myself. The paradox is that what began in childhood as an act of necessary solitude has led me straight to a life with others, in which I fly to China or Lithuania or northern Minnesota to read my poems and talk with other people who love language made into a lathe on which a life can be tuned and be turned.–Jane Hirshfield

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I campaigned for [Barack] Obama for more than a year. I was in Iowa, Minnesota, California, Arizona – just traveling around to help get the word out. It was such a huge, spirited campaign, and so positive. But you travel around to cities in the U.S. now and there’s just this hopelessness that has set in. It makes it hard to understand why it seems so impossible to make any kind of progressive change with an administration that is seemingly progressive, or why we keep encountering such political roadblocks to change.–Scarlett Johansson

I think some teams shied away because of it, … But Minnesota stuck with me and I was happy about that.–Eddie Griffin

Minnesota’s a great city.–Ray Allen

I love Minnesota, and I’d love to play my whole career here.–Justin Morneau

..people (in Minnesota) avoid stupidity when possible, not wanting to be a $10 haircut on a 50 cent head.–Garrison Keillor

Jesse Ventura is basically proof that the people of Minnesota are not social drinkers… they are obviously alcoholics.–Lewis Black

I know I have an awful lot to learn from the people of Minnesota.–Al Franken

When it comes to finding available men in Minnesota, the odds are good, but the goods are odd.–Garrison Keillor

Stores are the same everywhere; small downtowns are done. Not just in America, but globally. You hear the same music on every station, all our building materials look the same, and all our clothes look the same. But I thought that it couldn’t be that simple, because Arizona is not Minnesota. There is this other reality, which is a reality of landscape.–Cynthia Daignault

I’m the New York Jew who actually grew up in Minnesota.–Al Franken

The last man to try to run for president advocating a tax increase was Walter Mondale. He lost 49 states in 1984, and the “I’ll raise your taxes” reputation haunted him all the way to Minnesota last year, where he lost his 50th state in the Senate election.–Dick Morris

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According to some Eastern religion, there is a belt that goes across the world, and I’ve heard that Minnesota is right in the heart of this spiritual-creative belt of energy.–Melody Beattie

I don’t care if it’s five dead cops, a dead black citizen in Minnesota or in Louisiana, there are people trying to profit from it, politically profit from it. It’s undeniable. I think it’s cheap and I think it’s sick. But they are there. And you and I both know who they are.–Rush Limbaugh

When I was in Minnesota serving in the state Senate and in Washington, DC, I did everything I could to defeat cap and trade. I didn’t work to implement cap and trade.–Michele Bachmann

The Minnesota Republican hierarchy didn’t want me to run against their incumbent in 2000; they didn’t know who I was. And once many party bigwigs did get to know me, they weren’t sure that I could win the seat.–Michele Bachmann

I didn’t know at the time I was writing Because of Winn-Dixie where the story came from, but in retrospect I can see that it was a response to a terribly harsh winter here in Minnesota.–Kate DiCamillo

Minnesota has been so good to me and so pleased that I love Minnesota.–Kate DiCamillo

Some of the people in my caucus, some of the people in the state party in Minnesota have basically said, “We don’t want to deal with these guys because they’re too conservative,” or “We don’t agree with them on social issues.”–Collin Peterson

You can’t have a majority party in Minnesota or throughout the country without [support from] the people in these [rural] districts. Given the position [the Democratic Party] has taken, it’s very hard to see how you can do that.–Collin Peterson

Now [in 2016] I have the highest turnout in the state of Minnesota. And Minnesota is the highest turnout state in the country.–Keith Ellison

I’m particularly good at turnout. So in my district, I had the lowest voter turnout in 2006. And now I have the highest turnout in the state of Minnesota. And Minnesota is the highest turnout state in the country.–Keith Ellison

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I go to a church here in New Jersey that is just a very exciting place, and I just love to be there on Sunday morning – I just sit there in a pew with my wife, that’s all I do, but I’m very much a part of that congregation. We’ve got a fantastic rector,she brings in people from places like the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota, where you’ve got good teaching, and our people are being introduced to great material and they really respond. They’re able to believe without crossing their fingers. And I think that’s a real step forward.–John Shelby Spong

Well-established Supreme Court precedents indicate that states – like the states of Washington and Minnesota – have no equal-protection rights of their own, nor can they vindicate equal-protection rights of their citizens. The same is true about being able to challenge alleged religious discrimination. This limitation on the states’ authority to champion such claims is fundamental to our separation-of-powers architecture.–David B. Rivkin

Up here (on the North Shore of Minnesota) on the land we have two communication portals, and a Lemurian portal straight out from the house, and then a big stargate has just recently opened up in our meadow.–Christine McCormick Day

There are American citizens who have been inspired to commit acts of terror on American soil, the latest incident, of course, the bombings we just saw in New York and New Jersey, the knife attack at a mall in Minnesota, in the last year, deadly attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando.–Lester Holt

Eventually I gave up teaching at the St. Paul Gallery because of disagreements with the philosophy of that museum, and I got a job at the University of Minnesota, which was very fortunate because it was a part-time job and that gave us a great deal of time in our studio to work together and to make the pots we wanted to make.–Warren MacKenzie

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I am happiest in the brush and by myself – whether that’s the woods of northern Minnesota or the wilds of Alaska behind a dogteam, picking through the foothills of the mountains by my ranch in New Mexico on horseback, or on the ship of my sailboat on the Pacific – so I guess it made sense to me that both Brian and Samuel would find their challenges and adventures, if that’s what you call them, in the woods.–Gary Paulsen

I moved from Minnesota out to Los Angeles and I thought I was going to hate it out there, but I really like it.–Jonny Lang

Post office closures in the Dakotas and Minnesota will impact many communities‚ but the White Earth reservation villages‚ and other tribal towns of Squaw Lake‚ Ponemah‚ Brookston in Minnesota‚ and Manderson‚ Wounded Knee and Wakpala (South Dakota) as well as Mandaree in North Dakota will mean hardships for a largely Native community.–Winona LaDuke

Larry Fitzgerald is one of the hardest-working guys I’ve ever seen. We spent some time training in Minnesota last offseason, and to see what he does to get better, he has to be the best.–Kerry Rhodes

I went to the University of Minnesota to study art. I left the university to come to New York and live in Soho. I got involved with like a small kind of like experimental theater-mime company and we discovered that Étienne Decroux, a great mime, was still teaching in Paris so I went to study with him for several years.–Jessica Lange

I grew up a fat kid in a small town in Minnesota who was a tomboy and happened to play a mean violin. My goal was to be a famous concert artist some day.–Gretchen Carlson

For me, one of my earliest memories of politics where I thought that I could do anything was when Walter Mondale of Minnesota picked Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. I literally remember what she wore – the red dress, the white pearls. And I saw that, and I thought anything is possible.–Amy Klobuchar

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A bag of quality marijuana in Minnesota will cost you 400 bucks, in Colorado it’ll cost you 100 and a quarter. Medical Marijuana, a pill that you’ve got to pay for – which, it’s allowed in Minnesota, but it’s so restricted – costs $600 a month. If you live in Colorado you can get the same medical marijuana for $30 a month. See why it needs to be legalized across the board?–Jesse Ventura

In 1993, 40 percent of Minnesota restaurateurs reported declines attributed to casinos–John Warren Kindt

The governor of Minnesota [Mark Dayton], a couple of months ago he said that the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable. He’s a staunch Democrat. Very strong Democrat. He said it’s no longer affordable. He made that statement. And Bill Clinton on the campaign trail – and he probably had a bad night that night when he went home – but he said, “Obamacare is crazy. It’s crazy.” And you know what, they were both right.–Donald Trump

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota–James Wright

Minnesota has a proud tradition of having two Senators on the Ag committee – a tradition I’d like very much to continue.–Al Franken

I think that Minnesota is different because we are proving that tri-partisan government could work, that you do not need to necessarily be a Democrat or a Republican to be successful at governing.–Jesse Ventura

Peter Geye has rendered the Minnesota north shore in all its stark, dangerous beauty, and it is the perfect backdrop for this deeply moving story of conflict and forgiveness. Safe from the Sea is a remarkable debut.–Ron Rash

At the Mirage Sportsbook, you can get a line on 2 kid playing wiffleball in the backyard in Minnesota–Artie Lange

My hope is next year Terry and I can work out a contract. I have no problem with the Minnesota Twins.–Scott Boras

Casey Blake (a former Minnesota Twin, now with the Indians) is a good friend of mine, I’d like to see the Indians win.–Corey Koskie

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This is a good group of young guys that’s eager to play. When I was coming up with the (Minnesota) Twins, they called us a Triple-A team. But then we made the playoffs. That’s the direction we’re headed.–Corey Koskie

This is important, to represent our country. We’ve also got to be ready for the Minnesota Twins.–Carlos Silva

I remember facing him on opening day in 1987. It was Oakland at the Minnesota Twins, the first time I got him out on a breaking ball down-and-in and next at bat he hit the same pitch for a home run. I was telling my kids that story yesterday.–Curt Young

This is a sad day for the Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball and baseball fans everywhere. I loved Kirby deeply. A tremendous teammate, Kirby will always be remembered for his never-ending hustle, infectious personality, trademark smile and commitment to the community.–Carl Pohlad

I mean, I think we are a better team than last year offensively, but there is always a question with the Minnesota Twins. We’ll just have to wait and see.–Torii Hunter

In February 2003, I signed a three-year contract with MSNBC to host a talk show. Having recently decided not to run again for governor of Minnesota, I was still a pretty hot commodity. The show was originally scheduled for an hour, four nights a week.–Jesse Ventura

When I got drafted by Minnesota, and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I think I felt obligated to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota.–Randy Moss

Colored students at the University of Minnesota partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy.–Harry J. Anslinger

I gave three quiet cheers for Minnesota. In Seattle a dusty inch of anything white and chilly means the city lapses into full-on panic mode, as if each falling flake crashes to earth with its own individual baggie of used hypodermic needles. It’s ridiculous.–Cherie Priest

On October 31, 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Sprewell a 3-year, $21 million contract extension, substantially less than what his then-current contract paid him. Claiming to feel insulted by the offer, he publicly expressed outrage, declaring, “I have a family to feed If Glen Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you’re going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials soon.–Latrell Sprewell

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To deny an entire group of people the ability to be legal couples is anti-American and anti-freedom. As a devoted husband and father of two, I can’t imagine the state of Minnesota not recognizing my love for my wife Isabelle. We would welcome and respect the equal rights for gays to experience the same joy and privileges of marriage that we do.–Chris Kluwe

I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.–Michele Bachmann

Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth, but so far all we’ve gotten is Minnesota and North Dakota.–Garrison Keillor

The 16 years have gone so fast. I came to Minnesota as a 19-year-old kid. Marv Grissom was the pitching coach, an old-timer who taught me quite a bit. Marv didn’t like the way I stepped toward the plate. I had a tendency to throw across my body. So, he took me off to the side at Met Stadium and put a chair on the mound. If I threw across my body, I would step on the chair. Marv was trying to hurt me. I fooled him. I started stepping the right way.–Bert Blyleven

Once a century, all of a certain kind of bamboo flower on the same day. Whether they are in Malaysia or in a greenhouse in Minnesota makes no difference, nor does the age or size of the plant. They flower. Some current of an inner language passes between them, through space and separation, in ways we cannot explain in our language. They are all, somehow, one plant, each with a share of communal knowledge.–Linda Hogan

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There was a point at which I thought I’d never get the most valuable player, especially the years I played at Minnesota. We never won a pennant there, we were far away from the big media centers of Los Angeles and New York, and I wasn’t a flashy power hitter but a guy who hit to spots, who bunted and stole bases.–Rod Carew

I wouldn’t play in Minnesota unless my career was at an end and I had to go to Minnesota to play the game.–Torii Hunter

We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. Those are changes — and they are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers. You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike.–Bill Sali

What a glorious new Scandinavia might not Minnesota become! Here the Swede would find again his clear, romantic lakes, the plains of Scane rich in corn, and the valleys of Norrland; here the Norwegian would find his rapid rivers … The climate, the situation, the character of the scenery agrees with our people better than that of any other American States.–Fredrika Bremer

I live in Minnesota. Lots of people assume that if you want to be an actor, you have to live in Hollywood, but not me.–Chris Massoglia

When you win an election, what you really win is a chance to go to work for working families who need a voice in Minnesota.–Al Franken

The thought of people in this day and age sitting down to listen to a radio variety show on Saturday evening is rather implausible and was even more so in 1974 when we started “A Prairie Home Companion.” Thank goodness Minnesota Public Radio was too poor to afford good advice or the show never would’ve got on the air. We only did it because we knew it would be fun to do. It was a dumb idea. I wish I knew how to be that dumb again.–Garrison Keillor

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I was an English major at the University of Minnesota, and I was very shy, which many people misinterpreted as intelligence. On the basis of that wrong impression, I became the editor of the campus literary magazine.–Garrison Keillor

If [the Packers] can protect Aaron Rodgers and allow him to throw the ball down the field this game will not even be a contest. But if they do not, and Minnesota can come in here and run the football, we are going to have ourselves a good game tonight.–Marshall Faulk

Anyone can run for office. When I ran for Governor of Minnesota, the only requirement was that you had to be a state resident. I believe you had to be over thirty five years old, something like that. That’s the way our country was founded. That anyone can run for office. That you’re not required to be a lawyer, you’re not required to be anything.–Jesse Ventura

My children were attacked by the Minnesota media when I was governor.–Jesse Ventura

I lived in Minnesota in a small town.–Steve Zahn

The foundation is being laid for the emergence of both wind and solar cells as cornerstones of the new energy economy. World wind generating capacity grew from 7,600 megawatts in 1997 to 9,600 in 1998, an expansion of 26 percent. At a national level, Germany led the way, adding 790 megawatts of capacity, followed by Spain with 380 megawatts, and the United States with 226 megawatts. In the past, U.S. wind generating capacity was concentrated in California, but in 1998, wind farms began generating electricity in Minnesota, Oregon, and Wyoming, broadening the new industry’s geographical base.–Lester R. Brown

It’s a sun lamp. I thought you might be tired of your pasty-pale complexion. (Chris) Christopher, I happen to be a Viking in the middle of winter in Minnesota. Lack of a deep tan goes with the whole Nordic territory. Why do you think we raided Europe anyway? (Wulf) Because it was there? (Chris) No, we wanted to thaw out. (Wulf)–Sherrilyn Kenyon

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I’m 100% Norwegian. Three generations removed and all continuous inbreeding of Norwegian of Minnesota and Iowa, so I traveled to Norway before.–Eric Christian Olsen

And I took a walk and I just went to prayer and I said Lord, what would you have me do in the Minnesota state senate? And just through prayer I knew that I was to introduce the marriage amendment in Minnesota.–Michele Bachmann

I was born in Canada, and then my dad played pro soccer in England and then also on an island off the coast of Portugal. So we lived there for, like, 10 years. And then we moved to Minnesota. So I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of different cultures, and I’m still figuring out who I am. –Kylie Bunbury

Place is so important to me. The Midwest is like a ghost in my life. It’s present as I look out the window now. I see Texas, but if I close my eyes and look out the same window, I’m back in my hometown in Worthington, Minnesota, and I cherish those values and that diction. –Tim O’Brien

When I was three years old I was taken with my family to a little town in Western Minnesota, where I lived a more or less vapid and ordinary life until I was ten. –Mary MacLane

Growing up in a rural setting in Minnesota, I was raised with the outdoors and a sense of adventure. –Ann Bancroft

I’m 100% Norwegian. Three generations removed and all continuous inbreeding of Norwegian of Minnesota and Iowa, so I traveled to Norway before. –Eric Christian Olsen

Judy Garland’s father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage. –Judy Davis

I was born in Evanston, Illinois. I spent my elementary and part of my junior high school years in a D.C. suburb. And then I spent my high school years in Minnesota. And then I spent my college years in Colorado. And then I spent some time living in China. And then I spent three years in Vermont before moving down to Nashville. –Abigail Washburn

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When I played at Minnesota, Green Bay, those northern cities, Buffalo, they wanted to have those championship games at home. It was going to be an advantage to be there with their fans and the cold weather and all that. But when you’ve got a Super Bowl, and it’s the two best teams, you want ideal conditions. You want to play a great game. –Tony Dungy

What is striking in Minnesota is the invisible horizon line. On a grey day, when there’s snow on the ground, the sky and the ground are one tone. Everyone appears to be hanging in mid-air. –Ethan Coen

I used to be sick of the backroads of Minnesota. I had to drive 30 miles to get home every day, take the schoolbus for two hours. But to drive through America and see the backroads, from Nashville to Memphis, Lovick to New Mexico, was incredible. It was probably the greatest trip of my life. –Garrett Hedlund

I always sort of swooned at the sight of the classic barn structures in central and northern Minnesota, where everything seemed rustic and weathered and made to age gracefully.– Richard Dean Anderson

I grew up in Minnesota and everyone is so nice there. It is like Fargo. Everyone’s so chipper and you make friends just grocery shopping. We kill each other with kindness. –Seann William Scott

I was an English major at the University of Minnesota, and I was very shy, which many people misinterpreted as intelligence. On the basis of that wrong impression, I became the editor of the campus literary magazine. –Garrison Keillor

I have traveled around Minnesota and addressed many issues, and immigration is one of those issues. –Tim Pawlenty

I really enjoy my philanthropic work, traveling around the world and helping people in need. That’s a lot of fun for me. It’s really rewarding. You’re helping people, but it’s helping you, too. It puts life in perspective when you come back and you say, ‘Man, it’s raining again in Minnesota.’ –Larry Fitzgerald

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My father’s grandparents came from Norway and settled in the Scandinavian bastion of Minnesota. As a little girl in Tempe, Arizona, I daydreamed about picking cloudberries by a fjord in a fresh Nordic wind.– Kate Christensen

I’ll never have the seniority of lions of the Senate who’ve been in office for decades. What I do have is a lifetime of experience as a parent and activist, small business owner, and lieutenant governor of Minnesota. –Tina Smith

Two years later, I went to the University of Minnesota from which I was on leave for several years during the war as a member of Statistical Research Group at Columbia University. –George Stigler

Anybody that’s from somewhere that’s made it in music outside of New York or L.A., if it’s a unique enough place, they’ll always say, ‘Dude’s from Minnesota!’ Or wherever, you know? So that’s how I got the Philly connection. –Kurt Vile

In the summer of 1954, after several years in Austin, Minnesota, our family moved across the state to the small, rural town of Worthington, where my dad became regional manager for a life insurance company. To me, at age 7, Worthington seemed a perfectly splendid spot on the earth. –Tim O’Brien

I never thought I would be the oldest quarterback in the National Football League at one point, not in a million years. I never thought I would play as long as I did, either, seventeen years from start to finish, with stops in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle, and Kansas City. –Warren Moon

Quite frankly, Minnesota was where my career kind of turned around, and it all had to do with Flip Saunders and his coaching prowess and his system. –Chauncey Billups

And, actually it was interesting because I had done a lot of traveling in the United States and Canada and Mexico on my motorcycle; and I was really, it was the first time I had really gotten out of the Minnesota area to speak of. –Duane G. Carey

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In Minnesota, we hold our leaders to a higher standard. We demand that the men and women we send to Washington stand above reproach and steer clear of the web of corruption, kickbacks and special favors. –Kurt Bills

As a former resident with strong personal and ministry ties to the North Star State, I pray that the good people of Minnesota will show their support for God’s definition of marriage, between a man and a woman. –Billy Graham

I was born in 1940 in Minnesota and grew up in the country… dirt roads, swamps, lakes, woods. –Terry Gilliam

If you go to Minnesota in January, you should know that it’s gonna be cold. You don’t panic when the thermometer falls below zero. –Peter Lynch

I’ve been defending myself since I left Minnesota. Because I didn’t comply to what they wanted, then it was like, ‘Oh, I’m selfish. I’m this. I’m that.’ I’m like, ‘How can that be? You were just about to give me $71 million! Who gives someone $71 million, and they’re selfish, and they’re jealous of Kevin Garnett and all of this stupid stuff?’ –Stephon Marbury

When I got drafted by Minnesota, and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I think I felt obligated to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota. –Randy Moss

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