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MINN 101: Fall in love with October
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MINN 101: Fall in love with October

The leaves have turned, the air is crisp and – finally – it’s sweater weather! Fall is a wondrous time to be out and about in Minnesota, so put some socks under your Birkenstocks and indulge in a little apple picking, pumpkin patching and trick-o-treating. As a kid, there was nothing I loved more about…

MINN 101: Learn to speak “Minnesota Nice”
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MINN 101: Learn to speak “Minnesota Nice”

There is nothing Minnesotans are more (in)famous for than a little thing called “Minnesota Nice.” Out-of-staters, of which there are many at Macalester, come in with all sorts of different interpretations. They often say Minnesota Nice is confusing, passive-aggressive or infuriatingly indirect. These criticisms may be true at times, but they can also be pretty…

MINN 101: Lake appreciation and theory (or, why you should go to a lake right now)
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MINN 101: Lake appreciation and theory (or, why you should go to a lake right now)

Okay, team. We are two weekends into the semester. Hopefully they have been filled with friend-making, catch-upping and some solid homework-doing. But now, it’s adventure time, kiddos. The moment has arrived to pop the almighty Mac Bubble and get outside this weekend. “But Jolena,” you say, “there are too many amazing Minnesotan activities/events/places to choose…

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