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 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota



Book Introduction

     Originally settled on opposite sides of the mighty Mississippi River, Minneapolis and St. Paul are also forever connected by the river’s history, resources, and the 27 bridges that adjoin them. Referred to as the “Twin Cities” because of their geographic relationship, they are by no means identical. The sometimes-competitive spirit between the cities has sparked ambitious energies that have created one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in America.

      St. Paul is the older of the two municipalities and became the state capital in 1858. Eleven years later, on the west side of the river, the community of Minneapolis officially became a city. As the state capital, St. Paul has a reputation for being the center of politics with a charming downtown district, while Minneapolis has, perhaps, a more cosmopolitan flair.

     The truth is that the cities and their residents are more alike than they are different. Well educated and cultured, Twin City residents have dozens of highly acclaimed museums, numerous teams and facilities for a wide variety of sports, first-class musical venues and performers, and an extensive and renowned theater scene, all at their fingertips.

     Winters are bitter cold in Minnesota, and summers are hot and humid, but Twin City residents have an interesting philosophy:  if you can’t get out of it, get into it. Rather than wait for spring thaw, they embrace winter and go ice fishing, ice skating, and snow skiing. They build an enormous Ice Palace every winter and  host the biggest Winter Carnival in America. It’s all just too much fun to obsess about the cold.

     In the warmer months, the Twin Cities’ world-class parks fill with the joyous melodies of music and people celebrating life on the many lakes that dot the landscape like a necklace of blue stones. Popular summer festivals fill the cities’ calendar from June to September with boating, music, and fine arts celebrations.

     Enjoy the rich character of the wonderful people, architecture, landscapes, and activities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as you turn the pages in this delightful photographic portrait. See for yourself why the people who live here smile so much.


Hailed by Newsweek Magazine as “possibly the best contemporary art museum in the country,” Minneapolis’ Walker Art Museum is one of the most visited museums in the nation. Since a 2005 expansion doubled its size, the museum’s riches seem to go on forever.

Adjacent to the Walker Arts Center, the nation’s largest urban sculpture garden showcases over forty art objects, including this acclaimed work by internationally famous sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.


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