As we deal with a couple days of subzero temperatures and a snowier than usual winter and as we're thinking, "Hey, Becky likes it here -- Wouldn't it be nice if she moved here?", here are some of my words of wisdom for people considering a move to Minnesota and thinking "I don't know if I could handle the Minnesota winters!"
-- If you have a car, make sure you have a garage or some other kind of indoor parking; otherwise, make sure you have a good snow shovel and battery cables and that you stay informed on parking restrictions during snow emergencies.
-- Live somewhere near your job. Commuting during bad weather is a major stress-inducer (And commuting during good weather is really no picnic either).
-- Live in or somewhere near the urban core of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I used to live out on the prairie in southwestern Minnesota for a while, and it's a whole different world out there when the weather is bad. For one thing the wind never stops blowing. Wind chills and snow drifts can be ridiculous. Plus, there are lots of things to do here in the Cities even when it's cold. If you're out in the boonies, you're going to have major issues with cabin fever.
-- Focus on all of the positives of living here. Winters are something you sort of get used to.