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1.
To be "Minnesota nice" is to be passive aggressive.
I'm Minnesota nice. When I'm angry at someone, I don't let them know. I just smile pleasantly to his or her face and then proceed to talk about them behind their back. I will most likely hold a grudge too.
by L.L.H. December 03, 2006
 
2.
Minnesota Nice is what you would call someone from minnesota who goes out of their way to be too nice. Even in a situation where they could be justified in being angry and upset they will still remain pleasant. Usually used in a sentence cynically to describe someone who was the exact opposite.
"... wow, he isn't exactly 'minnesota nice'. He shouldn't be so rude."
by Justncase80 July 07, 2004
 
3.
1.Typically confused with being extremely caring, helpful and pleasant. Being from the area, I know it REALLY means that a Minnesotan won't slam you to your face - they do it behind your back so as to APPEAR nice.

2. Back stabbing
Describing your girlfriend as a slut to one of your best friends is considered Minnesota nice.
by Bomni February 09, 2005
 
4.
Used to really mean genuinely nice, open, thoughtful and caring. Politically progressive, socially aware, doing for others, wanting to learn about other people and cultures.

I came to Minnesota 30 years ago, from New York City, where I grew up. New Yorkers aren't rude, we are just honest and efficient. I had had problems with passive aggressive people from other places who were "nice" to your face and back stabbing. So I was naturally leery of these Minnesota people. But no, they were really nice.

But things have been changing, even here. It is very sad to an aging peace/love hippie idealist. Still lots of cool folks though. Cool, like the weather.
When my new neighbor asked about my ethnic background, I thought she was prejudiced, but she was just being Minnesota nice and wanted to learn more about me.

I think a lot of Minnesota nice originated with the Scandanavian social customs and the need to pull together to survive the harsh winters during pioneer times.

Our late Senator Paul Wellstone was being Minnesota nice when he said "We all do better when we all do better."
by DoctorAndie September 09, 2010
 
5.
A used by rude, "me first", and backstabbing people to convince others how nice they're supposed to be.

Someone who's generally the opposite of what they're trying to sell themselves as. A phony.
"What's wrong with you, can't you see how Minnesota NICE we are?"

That cunt slipped her way to the front of the line, in true Minnesota Nice fashion.
by wordsy54 July 18, 2008