Sorry for coming to this a little late, Adele. I'm not a MN native but moved here 7+ years ago. I did find it hard to meet people at first, but getting involved in different activities, and joining a CL supper club have helped that immensely! I work in St. Paul, and I know that there is a thriving artists community here. I'm not sure what you mean by "artsy", but there is definitely a lot of culture here - theater, music, art, etc.
I don't know of any good websites/chatrooms for the area, but let me know if you have other questions - I'd be happy to try and help!
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