Minnesota's proportion of native-born residents decreasing, says census

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Over the past 30 years, Minnesota has welcomed an increasing number of non-native residents.
Minnesota is a little less Minnesotan than it used to be.

Recent census data indicates that about 69 percent of state residents were born here, compared with 75 percent in 1980. Hennepin and Ramsey counties are two of the least Minnesotan areas of the state, with about 40 percent of residents in each hailing from places where pop is probably known as something called "soda."

The most Minnesotan county is Morrison, home of Little Falls, where more than 87 percent of residents are native. Houston County, situated in the state's southeast corner across from La Crosse, has the most imports, with less than 33 percent of residents hailing from here.

Before you say "who gives a flying truck?" about the census data, consider comments made by Tom Gillapsy, the newly retired state demographer.

Gillapsy told the Star Tribune he worries that the decreasing proportion of native-born residents could be eroding Minnesotans' sense of unity and community.

Comparing when he moved here 33 years ago to today, Gillapsy said:
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Concerned about preserving our sense of Minnesotan-ness? How about an electrified fence separating us from No and SoDak, Sconnie, Iowa, and Canada?
There was a sense that people had roots here, a sense that there was a history and common bonds. Part of it was the weather, and going up north, and having a connection to the land. And with more and more new people here, that begins to slip away.
It's still bonding bill season, right? With our sense of Minnesotan-ness being eroded by an influx of non-Minnesotans, perhaps it's time for Governor Dayton to use the public purse strings on a Herman Cain-style electrified border fence.

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