Both sides of the river

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Thursday, September 23, 1993

I visited St Paul with brother Craig in September 1993 on my move back east. We explored Minneapolis in the evening (coming from Bismarck), eating downtown and walking alongside the Mississippi River.

We tried to visit the capitol in St Paul the next morning. However, it didn't open till afternoon so we said oh heck, walked all around it, and kept driving towards Madison and all of Wisconsin. Yes, I do believe there are 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, it is flat and glacier-scraped, full of holes! The world's largest shopping mall is somewhere near but we didn't care to check it out.

A trivia for you: St Paul is the only capital city on BOTH sides of the Mississippi River. Check it out.

Facts:
Minnesota was the THIRTY-SECOND state.
Date: May 11, 1858
State Nickname: Gopher State
Key Words: twin city, Mississippi, Minnesota, 3M, terraces, carnival, winter

Father Lucien Galtier persuaded the citizens of "Pig's Eye" to rename their community for Saint Paul in 1841. It eventually became capital of the territory. Tangent to the point where the waters of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers meet, with its twin city, Minneapolis, it forms a mighty metropolis today. It is home to 3M Companies and other major industries.

The beautiful capitol, designed in Italian Renaissance style, opened in 1905. Decorated with many murals and sculptures, it is open for tours daily. Also see the Cathedral of St Paul with its 175-foot dome and central rose window.

The terraced city has 30 lakes within a 30-minute drive, and 90 parks. Cruise on a Mississippi River sternwheeler; at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus (39,315 students) take the animal barn tours.

St Paul's Winter Carnival is one of the leading winter festivals in America with ice and snow carving, parades, parties and pageants.

St Paul, Minnesota
Population 284,037
Elevation 874
Central time zone
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