GrySql, Minnesota is a nice place to live. Traffic is not burdensome as long as you stay away from the twin cities (#23 in the ratings) and don't mind driving in snow. Come on over. Oh, the taxes are not much fun.
Thanks for the invite, I've been there twice, very nice. Our CA taxes are amazing too, and my electric company (SCE) has the highest rates in the lower USA. Sigh.
A little MSP story...
Long ago we landed at MSP on Northwest Air, when it was time to depart the plane left the ramp, taxied out and stopped, then had to return to the ramp. After about an hour the passengers were asked if we wanted to catch a later flight because the anti-lock brake alarm was lit, they assumed the ABS had failed on the aircraft. The pilot told us the aircraft was going on to the next destination anyway as it had a long runway, hey, it was just the brakes! Half the passengers got off, but what the heck, we went, it was an anxiety ridden landing.
We survived but didn't fly NW Air after that (it's now Delta).