I live in E. Tennessee and some people are under the delusion we all go around barefoot, marry our kinfolk and all have moonshine stills out back. Not true at all, although I do generally go barefoot around the house!
Minnesotans do not say "yah" or "eh"; that's the UP (people from the upper peninsula of Michigan.) It's not an ugly, cold, depressing state; in fact, it's one of the most beautiful, with more than 10,000 lakes, pristine northern forests, and wildlife galore (wolves, bears, moose, deer, eagles, etc.) Minnesota has a lot to offer and I'm tired of everyone thinking it's a depressing dump filled with hicks!
Sure. I'm Virginian and people many times, first, think Virginia and West Virginia are the same place--"Oh, you're from West Virginia!" (Didn't I just say Virginia?) Then, folk think all Virginians are country bumpkins. No, only a few Virginians are country and I've met them. Virginia is part North and part South...where the whole mindset (and way of life) changes.