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League of Extraordinary Women founder Cathy Schaefer of Minneapolis, left, chats with Rayane Alamuddin of Minneapolis during a gathering March 6 in Minneapolis. Schaefer said she started the group, which now gathers once a month, as a way to meet people in Minnesota after she moved here more than two years ago. Jeffrey Thompson | MPR Photo

Newcomers say Minnesota 'nice,' but not warm

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MINNEAPOLIS - When Cathy Schaefer moved to Minneapolis more than two years ago, she didn't feel welcomed.

"People would say, 'Oh, we should get together some time,'" said Schaefer, a native New Yorker. "And I'd be like, 'Yes! That would be great because I have no friends!'"


Then she would never hear from them.

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