Thanks so much for all your replies! We're definitely coming out to visit; just bought a bus ticket! I dunno if we'll have any friends with a car so how is public trans in MN? Bus? Train? I guess megabus wont let me take my bike so that's out unfortunately.
I believe Nathan Black is going with you, no? I used to work with him at Bros K... anyway, I don't know of many great coffee shops there, but my best friend goes to school there and may know of some place you can crash if you still need it.
Let me know! (Or have Nathan give me a call)