Hey, man. Who have you reached out to? I live downtown Minneapolis and everyone I've met that competes has been extremely helpful and nice. I usually workout at The Press in Little Canada (which is a ways for you).
I attempted to compete in September at the Twin Cities Open. It was held at The Press. I got hurt on my 3rd attempt in squat. Even if I hadn't, my total would have only been 1050-1100....somewhere around there. No one really gives a shit what your lifts are. Everyone is supportive and just wants you to make your lifts. It's really odd. It's like it's humans vs. the iron. All the humans want to dominate the iron, and if you miss an attempt the iron wins.
I was at the Hudson open this past weekend. Chatted up with a bunch of people that were at TCO. They all remembered me as "the guy that got hurt" eventhough it was only my first meet. lol
Sign up for the state open in February. It will hold you accountable and give you a reason to bust ass. A thousand pound total isn't too embarassaing, and you've still got 3.5 months to get stronger. Just do it.
There is nothing "smart" about a 3rd attempt deadlift.