Readers respond to shocking news that some might think Minnesotans are jerks

So does this mean you don't wanna come over to my house and knit some winter mittens?

So does this mean you don't wanna come over to my house and knit some winter mittens?

Yesterday's story by Susan Du, "Minnesota Ice: Twin Cities transplants think we're kinda jerks," generated hundreds of responses from all points of view. A sampling:

"People from Minnesota will give you directions anywhere, except to their house." —Matthew Martin

"Lol, ah Minnesota nice. Took me a solid year to get in with an MN friend group after moving from ATL. Y'all are suspicious about new folks. But once you're in, you're in. I love it up here now!" —Christin Ivey

"I think City Pages is Minneapolis Mean." —Bobby Youngdahl

"Living on the west coast for long enough now, let me tell you Minnesota, you're doing just fine. "Being direct" is just code for being an uncouth asshole as far as I can tell. So call it passive aggressive small mindedness or whatever, but what is undeniably true is that Minnesotans, by and large, are loyal, honorable, thoughtful people who, unlike most other peoples around the country, are not just yelling their emotions all the damn time. Stay classy my frigid northern kin." —Kenneth Favell

"After growing up here, moving away from MN for 10 years then moving back — I know exactly what the problem is. Minnesotans think it is rude to say what they think. That confuses transplants, because it is passive-aggressive and quite different than most of the country. Even happens to reporters. When trying to interview a traveler at the airport, instead of looking reporter in the eye and saying no thanks, MN traveler looks off into left field and says "i'm good." What? You're good? What does that mean? You do not want to be interviewed? Example two. My sister gives me a shirt for Christmas that is too big. She says, well you can exchange it if you want. I call her from Macy's to see if she still has the receipt and she says "I didn't think you would actually return it... i thought you'd just wear it a couple times on days you knew you'd see me." SMH!" —Lou Raguse

"We're really friendly, but we don't want to be your friend." - a girl's actual response after I told her it was tough making friends here. This was three weeks after I moved here and was my first time at First Ave. When I turned around and started walking away, she said "Hey wait! Where are you going? But you're so fun!" That's the Twin Cities in a nutshell." —Jenn Orr

"I've lived on the east coast, west coast, and down south, and Minnesota definitely has the best people. There's shitty people everywhere but Minnesota has the most genuine people I've encountered." —Steve Black

"I'm going to have to confirm just about everything said in article, sorry." —Cameron Conway

"MN Nice means we'll leave you alone. For immigrant groups, this means that they can assimilate more quickly than in other places. The Irish prospered and became old money around Saint Paul. The Italians have completely blended in and are indistinguishable from other Minnesotans; Mexicans aren't too far behind. Many Hmong folk are voting Republican within one generation. There are Somali hockey teams. In every other state, these groups still have separate geographical enclaves with distinguished cultural differences. In MN, they're becoming a different shade of white." --Lyonel

"It's a Scandinavian thing. My family is Italian-American and I've lived here my entire life. When I was a kid and I'd go to any friends' house for dinner, I thought everyone was angry because they didn't talk. Growing up I realized that this is just the culture. I love MN in general, but have to say the lack of honest, open communication has severely impacted my dating life. It's ok, I'm going to get a cat. Hahaha." —Allison Scarcella

"This is so sad but so true. It is impossible to make friends here!!! My whole life my goal was to end up in the Twin Cities (it seemed like a Utopia to me every time I visited). Now that I'm here (and have been for three years), I have never felt so alone." —Ava Shansky