Love Letter to Minnesota

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Love Letter to Minnesota Lake Calhoun

I’m proud to come from Minnesota, where people stretch their “Oh’s” and their “A’s”,

Where snow is almost guaranteed to fall on Christmas Day. 


Some friends brag that their homes have palm trees and Tex Mex,

But I sound like a badass when I say I survived the Polar Vortex.

Snowshoe Love Letter to Minnesota

I come from the land of the Boundary Waters, Lutefisk and Lefse,

And where people actually use phrases like, “Oh, sure you betcha!”


I come from the state of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,

Bob Dylan, Prince and Joe Mauer (what a fox!)

Gold Medal Flour Minneapolis Love Letter to Minnesota

I come from coffee shops, galleries and trendy boutiques,

I come from pinecones, bike paths, forests and creeks. 


We shop at farmer’s markets, follow the Twins, and practice yoga,

We eat cheese curds and walleye, and we drink “pop”, not “soda”.

Minneapolis Farmer's Market Love Letter to Minnesota

I love that you can’t drive far without seeing one of our ten thousand lakes,

And people eat hotdish only Midwesterners make.


I like loons and flannel and wild rice,

And the fact that, yes, people really are “Minnesota Nice”

Cherry and Spoon Love Letter to Minnesota

And although I have ventured far, my love for you has not faded,

Wandering distant lands makes me realize that you’re actually underrated.


I get a pang each time I hear an accent that sounds like mine,

And I can’t find a beer I like quite as much as Sweet Child of Vine

Sweet Child of Vine Camping Love Letter to Minnesota

Christmas without snow just isn’t the same,

And autumn without apple picking is actually pretty lame. 


And while we’re on the subject of Honey Crisp and Sweet Tango,

There’s no place on earth with apples that compare, bro.

Apple Orchard Love Letter to Minnesota

“Up North” will always be a place with cabins built from pine, 

And not simply directions from your house to mine.


And when I meet people along the way who’ve never heard of my funny-sounding state,

I’m sure to tell them allllll about it. In excruciating detail, mate. 

Split Rock Lighthouse Love Letter to Minnesota

So do you believe me now? My absence doesn’t mean I’m bored,

And I don’t find you any less attractive, just for the record.


I do still love you, Minnesota, I swear,

It’s just that right now is the time for me to be elsewhere.

Lake Superior Love Letter to Minnesota

This isn’t an “it’s not you, it’s me” breakup or anything of the sort,

I’ll be back for you some day, once I have a few more stamps in my passport.


But until that day comes, I’ll keep exploring and doing my thing,

And all the while collecting reasons why you’re amazing.

Lake Superior Love Letter to Minnesota
Love Letter to Minnesota Lake Calhoun

Comments (8) on “Love Letter to Minnesota

  1. Hello Passport says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! Very beautifully written. 🙂 Minnesota is my home too, but, like you said, just because I need to do some traveling, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you. <3

    • ktdieder@gmail.com says:

      Aww, I’m so glad you can relate! Loving your site — it looks like you’re having a ton of fun living in Ireland!

  2. Amber says:

    Hi Katie and Ben,

    I’m a Minnesota girl myself and just came across your blog today. I loved learning about your adventures and have had quite a few myself. I have lots of questions and would love to get in touch!


    • ktdieder@gmail.com says:

      Hello fellow Minnesotan 🙂 Thanks for following along on our journey! We would love to connect! Just shoot us a message on the "contact us" section of our website. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  3. Val Zweber says:

    Hi Ben & Katie,
    Love your newest post! We had a few inches of snow last night and my thoughts turned to the two of you. We missed not seeing you at the Christmas celebration at Mike & Katie’s. I wondered how the two of you might have celebrated the birth of our newborn King. Keep that light shining. You are definitely the salt of the earth with all your travels.
    Love you and God Bless,
    Uncle Val

    • ktdieder@gmail.com says:

      Thanks for the sweet message, Val! We missed everyone during Christmas as well. We had fun celebrating in Vietnam but it definitely wasn’t the same 😉 Hope you and the family have a Happy New Year! Sending hugs to you all!

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