Minnesota Everybody wonders about Minnesota winters (which have been known to spill over into spring). Thermometers do go down and snow does pile up. But over five million people live in the state, and most of them like it, even in December and January. Minnesotans know how to cope: good heating, warm clothes and a sense of humor. If you visit during the winter, you will remember the deer leaping across the frozen lake, or your first experience ice-fishing or snow-shoeing through quiet woods, long after you forget that your nose got numb. (And with proper gear, even your nose will stay warm.) In the summer and fall months, you will be invited to more parish festivals than you can count, and you will find ample opportunity to enjoy fresh local produce. You might spend your free time riding along the Wobegon Trail, or perhaps taking a drive to the North Shore with a quick dip in the cool Lake Superior. Not matter when you visit, you will quickly discover that there is a reason why so many people love calling Minnesota home and why those who visit tend to return time and time again. For more information about the Land of 10,000 Lakes visit Explore Minnesota.