Minnesota Proud, don’t cha know.

When we travel people often ask where are we from, to which we reply Minneapolis, MN. We used to be referred to as Midwesterners, now we are called Northerners. Not many people know about Minneapolis other than it’s near Chicago. On our last trip To Japan, I made a photo book about the great things born & bred in Minnesota, here is an extended list.USMap.Minnesota

Cohen Brothers: American film directorsscreenwritersproducers, and editors. Their films include Blood Simple (1984), Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit(2010), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).coen-brothers-oscars

Judy Garland Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota 83495-050-7373ff5d

Winona Ryder
Jessica Biel
Mary Tyler Moore
Vince Vaughn
Jessica Lange
Josh Hartnett

Redwing Shoes

Minnetonka Mocassins Bearfox17
Steger Mukluks photo
Duluth Pack canoe-packs

Prince  Born/ currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Purple Rain is regularly ranked among the best albums in music history. 0081227991494

Bob Dylan Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, raised in Hibbing and moved to Minneapolis,  where he enrolled and then dropped out of  the University of Minnesota.bob-dylan-dig-yourself1

The Replacements
Husker Dü
Jimmy Jam & Terry Louis

Pachyderm Studio: 
Nirvana’s In Utero, Live’s Throwing Copper, P.J. Harvey’s Rid of Me, Soul Asylum’s Grave Dancer’s Union, Mudvayne’s End Of All Things To Come, The Jayhawks’ Hollywood Town Hall and numerous other recordings by such artists as They Might Be Giants, Alkaline Trio, Indigenous, Alice Peacock, Palace and Son Volt were recorded at Pachyderm Studio.482461_10152557806625527_1832433167_n

Brian Setzer  Singer & guitarist of the Stray Catsstray-cats

Little House on the Prairie


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Chocolate Rain: Tay Zonday was born Adam Nyerere Bahner in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Y.N. Rich Kidzz /Da Rich Kidzz are an American hip hop group from the north side of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They first saw national success in the Summer of 2012 when the video for the Y.N.RichKids’ smash hit “Hot Cheetos and Takis,” went viral with over 7 million views, making it one of the hit songs of summer.

Greyhound Bus Founded in Hibbing, Minnesota in 19142278955_original

Green Giant P7220015

General Mills GenMillsProducts

Pillsbury Macys-Parade-2012-Pillsbury-Doughboy-Balloon

3M, Makers of Scotch Tape, Post-it Note, sandpaper to name a few.


  • Schwan’s- They make every frozen pizza you can think of, including the one from grade school
  • Butter Sculpture
  • MN State Fair
  • Aquatennial

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Charles Schultz CharlesSchulz

Garrison Keillor Prairie31

RollerBlade:  In 1980, two hockey playing Minnesota brothers discovered an old inline skate while rummaging through a sporting goods store and decided that this design would make an ideal off-season hockey training tool. 
They refined the skate, began assembling the first Rollerblade® skates in the basement of their parents’ Minneapolis home and shortly founded the company that would become Rollerblade®.


Water Skiing: Water skiing was invented in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used a pair of boards as skis and a clothesline as a towrope on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota.


The Lakers:  Named the Minneapolis Lakers in honor of the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes”.  Los Angeles kept the name.


The Mighty Ducks:  A 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It is the first film in The Mighty Ducks trilogy and was filmed in Minnesota.

Rocky & Bullwinkle, Boris & Natasha & Frostbite Falls:  The lead characters and heroes of the series were Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel, a flying squirrel, and his best friend Bullwinkle J. Moose, a dim-witted but good-natured moose. Both characters lived in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, which was based on the real life city of International Falls, Minnesota.


Paul Bunyan: Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were formed by Paul and Babe’s footprints while they wandered blindly in a deep blizzard. pb-and-babe

Bunyan Velo  Bunyan Velo is a quarterly collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle.

Quality Bicycle Products:  Surly, Salsa, All-City, 45 Northqbp-history-of-fat
Park Tool:  In 1963, Howard Hawkins and Art Engstrom were the owners of a bicycle shop in the Twin Cities area. They noticed that there were no tools available to repair the increasingly complex bicycles of the 1960s, so they began creating their own tools. The first was a stand that held the bike off the ground allowing convenient access to any part of the bike.


Greg Lemond:  is a former professional “Road bicycle racing” cyclist, entrepreneur, and anti-doping advocate. Lemond won the World Championship twice and the Tour de France three times. LeMond and his wife live in Medina, Minnesota.


HED Cycling; RIP Steve Hed4pxz03


The Mayo Clinic

38 Things Minnesotans Are Too Nice To Brag About

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