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I think, after three winters commuting in Minneapolis winters, that what you've got is way-drastic overkill. You really don't need studded tires; a good set of semi-knobbies, like a cyclocross tire (I use Cross Wolfs) is fine. If you HAVE to have a studded tire, I would strongly advise against using one in the rear. One up front is really all you need.
Now, that said, if we have another episode like we did last year (snowstorm hit when it was about 34*, dumped a foot or so on us, then the temp plummeted. On Christmas Eve, too, so the plows didn't get out and about for a couple days. It sucked rocks.), you (all of us, really) might need studs. But otherwise, probably not.