Minnesota Nice? Not so much, say many newcomers

Minnesotans have a reputation for being friendly enough but also insular, and transplants often complain that it's too hard to make friends with people who have all known one another since junior high. Business leaders worry it could even hurt the state's economic future. The data show more people leaving the state than moving in, and that could hurt businesses trying to attract and retain new talent.
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Minnesotans have a reputation for being friendly enough but also insular, and transplants often complain that it's too hard to make friends with people who have all known one another since junior high. Business leaders worry it could even hurt the state's economic future. The data show more people leaving the state than moving in, and that could hurt businesses trying to attract and retain new talent.

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