Act Like You Mean It

Midwesterners can be nice and honest, but jealous and petty at the same time. One family from Florida found out the hard way in North Dakota.

It’s unfair that the Midwest, which includes Iowa, continues to be bad-mouthed and stereotyped.  We may not like it and we work hard to change that image.  It’s no secret that the Midwest continues to be portrayed as backwards, simple-minded, and a bit closed-minded.  That hasn’t been the case over the past 20 years.  We’re more progressive, forward-thinking, and trying and bringing new things to improve the quality of life here in Iowa and the Midwest.

Sadly, one thing we do need to change is how some of our fellow Midwesterners treat newcomers.  We say that we’re welcoming, but in the case of this story in North Dakota, it doesn’t help our efforts a bit.  Especially in some pockets of the Midwest.

Good, decent, hard-working, and gossipy and jealous-hearted as hell?  That’s what the Yahoo story ha s reported.

We’re better than this.  Frankly, to those who are still closed-minded,  you are better than this.

What do you think?

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2 thoughts on “Act Like You Mean It

  1. Pete, I’m speaking in the term of the midwest in general. What occurred in North Dakota also applies to Iowa in regards to some residents who are not as welcoming and hospitable to new residents who are coming from a new region, or a larger city.

    To say that all Iowans don’t act like what the Yahoo story is reporting, is a stretch. If we want to continue proving people wrong about what the Midwest is about, not just Des Moines, we need to convince our own fellow Midwesterns to drop their inhibitions about “out-of-towners” and in turn the “out-of-towners” won’t continue to have a lingering sense of not fitting in.

    In the larger cities, that’s not a problem, but in the rural areas and smaller cities, there is some truth to that.

  2. Where does this article mention Iowa? It is specific to a small town in North Dakota, not Iowa. I realize you live here, but I was lost in the relationship to North Dakota.
    That said, this article is a little slanted in the sense that it does not detail the couples efforts to fit in.
    What did they do to try to interact with the locals?
    Did they join community groups or did they just sit in their house waiting for the Welcome Wagon?
    The transition from Miami to North Dakota has to be a vast change.

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