Culturally Devoid, Racially Intolerant - 9/18/2010
I have lived in St. Cloud for over 20 years. The population has more than double in that time, and the area population has easily tripled, in that time. The advancement of the city has remained stagnant.
Cuisine options include "American," Italian, Chinese, and Mexican, and NOTHING else. The closest thing to a "good" restaurant is the Olive Garden or Red Lobster, which is sad considering the metro population exceeds 150,000.
On top of the complete lack of culture is the openly racist and homophobic dialog, that has apparently become acceptable amongst this cities inhabitants.
I am a straight, white, middle-class, male; and I am disgusted by the xenophobic attitude that has become the status quo in this city.
If you are racist, hate "Somalians"(which on a side note, a person from Somalia is called Somali, not Somalian), "towel heads," and "fags," you will absolutely LOVE St. Cloud, MN. [read more...]
St. Cloud Area is a great place to live, work and - 8/17/2009
The St. Cloud, Minnesota Area has much to offer professionals both single and with families. There are many post-secondary education opportunities, many recreational opportunities, scenic beauty, and friendly people! Come check us out![read more...]
Not easy for outsiders - 11/4/2008
This is a close knitt community:50% Catholic,preponderently German(German - 40%,Norwegian - 11%,Irish - 8%,Swedish - 6%,Polish - 6%,English - 4%,French-3%,Black or African American - 2%),surrounded by a sea of mostly Nowegian/Swedish Lutherans, that is made of close networks of large families(search Google for Stearns County Syndrome).
It is easier if you are the same,more so if you are educated and having a good paying job.While some local minority liberals-there are some-will make a case for racism,I think they are for the most part wrong.This area's majority has been in minority in comparison with the rest of MN since it's beginings, and has lacked racial/ethnic/religious diversity until very recently-people just need time to get used.
2 neighbours and 1 close friend(originally from Twin Cities,Columbus,and Yerevan) have decided that they don't have the time though,so one is back now in Plymouth,another went to Austin,TX and one is moving to San Diego.[read more...]