Yes I have! My wife is from there. You really should go. It all depends on the areas you visit. You will not get attacked by the Chainsaw Maniac! Think of the amount of people in the city. There is bound to be a few crazy nuts in the bunch. Do not let that set you back from seeing one of the greatest cities in the world! (please note that I said one of the greatest not THE greatest trollz
Side note: Maybe you might get into the Cash Cab. If you do not know what I am talking about watch the Discovery Channel and you will see.
The world is bigger than MN/WI. If you do come to the twin cities though hit up Chino Latino's. It is in Uptown by the theater. Great food/Great Atmosphere and just plain fun. I was there again last night for my little sis's 21st.
GO TO THE BIG APPLE!!!