“Where the elite meet to eat” was the slogan of Duffy’s Tavern, an American radio situation comedy, airing from 1941 to 1951. “Where the elite meet (the) sleet” is a jocular line that has been associated with Minnesota and its cold weather.
The Minneapolis (MN) Tribune held a contest in 1980 for an unofficial Minnesota state slogan, and “Where the elite meet the sleet” was one of the popular entries.
28 December 1980, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, “Around the Town,” pg. 2B, col. 1:
SOMETHING BORROWED. Some Minnesotans apparently feel about Iowa the same way some Canadians feel about residents of the United States. When the Minneapolis Tribune ran a contest recently to choose an unofficial state slogan, this was one of the entries:
“Where the elite meet the sleet.”
“Glove it or leave it.”
“Many are cold, but few are frozen.”
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16 January 1988, Fort Scott (KS) Tribune, “Minnesota has two seasons” by Dick Hedges, pg. 3, col. 1:
With apologies to Fort Scott Community College’s Laura Meeks, a transplanted Minnesotan, I would like to pass on the following article which was recently published in the Love Letter.
“Minnesota—land of many cultures (mostly throat).
“Minnesota—home of blonde hair and blue ears.
“Minnesota—theater of sneezes.
“Minnesota—where the elite meet the sleet.
“Minnesota—many are cold but few are frozen.
“Minnesota—glove it or leave it.”
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1. I came, I thawed, I transferred....
2. Survive Minnesota and the rest of the World is easy.
3. If you love Minnesota, raise your right ski.
4. Minnesota - where visitors turn blue with envy.
5. Save a Minnesotan - eat a mosquito.
6. One day it’s warm, the rest of the year it’s cold.
7. Minnesota - home of the blonde hair and blue ears.
8. Minnesota - mosquito supplier to the free world.
9. Minnesota - come fall in love with a loon.
10. Land of many cultures - mostly throat.
11. Where the elite meet sleet.
12. Minnesota: CLOSED FOR GLACIER REPAIRS
13. Land of 2 seasons: Winter is coming, Winter is here.
14. Minnesota - glove it or leave it.
15. Minnesota - have you jump started your kid today?
16. There are only 3 things you can grow in Minnesota: Colder, Older, & Fatter.
17. Many are cold, but few are frozen.
18. Why Minnesota? To protect Ontario from Iowa!
19. WARNING: You are entering Minnesota, Please use an alternate route!
20. Minnesota: theater of sneezes.
21. Jack Frost must like Minnesota he spends half his life there.
22. Land of 10,000 Petersons.
23. Land of the ski and home of the crazed.
24. Minnesota - home of the Mispi-Mispp-Missispp (Where the damn river starts!)
25. 10,000 lakes and no sharks!
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Welcome to Minnesota!
To all you Super Bowl fans coming to the great white north for the BIG game, I thought you might enjoy this:
Minnesota. I came, I thawed, I
transferred. There are only 3 things you can grow in
Minnesota—older, colder, fatter. Survive Minnesota and the
rest is easy. Jack Frost must like Minnesota—he
spent 1/2 his life here. You are entering Minnesota --
use alternate route. Land of 2 seasons—winter is
coming and winter is here. 1 day is warm—the
rest of the year it is cold. Land of many
cultures—mostly throat. Why Minnesota?
To protect Ontario from Iowa. If you love
Minnesota raise your right ski. Land
of the ski and home of the crazed.
Minnesota, have you jump-started
your kid? Land of 10,000
Petersons. Minnesota—Home of
blonde hair & blue ears. Minnesota --
come fall in love with a loon.
Minnesota—glove it or leave it.
Minnesota—closed for glacier repairs
Minnesota—theatre of sneezes.
Minnesota—mosquito supplier of the world.
Where the elite meet the sleet. Many are cold,
but few are frozen. Save a Minnesota—eat a
mosquito. Land of 10,000 lakes & no sharks! In
Minnesota ducks don’t fly south—people do! ***
Cheryl D Stephenson
“Minnesota: Where the elite meet sleet.”,
9:29 PM - 13 Mar 2012
Minneapolis-st. Pauls - Bloomington, Minn: locals say the area is “where the elite meet sleet. Still affordable homes. Cons: cold winters
12:13 PM - 13 Sep 2012