not new to mn but
I am new to sailing and just passed my asa 101 class from sailing breezes. The instructor there also recomended the wayzata yacht club when I asked him about opportunities to crew. There is also the calhoun yacht club but I believe thier boats are smaller but I see them racing quite a bit in the summer. I am scheduled for a class there in june so if I find something out I will let you know.
Welcome to MN from me as well.