By B.J. Reyes
Minneapolis was the site of the GOP convention media reception Saturday night. Starting tomorrow the convention action moves across the Mississippi River to St. Paul.
Having been to the areas on several occasions (my sister got married in Minneapolis 10 years ago) it’s hard to say which has more panache.
Minneapolis counts Prince, Rachel Leigh Cook, Vince Vaughn and MacGyver himself, Ricahrd Dean Anderson, among the celebrities born there. And of course there is the Mary Tyler Moore statue in downtown. St. Paul claims Loni Anderson and Josh Hartnett as celebrities born there. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was born in Minneapolis but grew up in St. Paul.
The Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB) and Timberwolves (NBA) all make their home in Minneapolis, while the NHL’s Wild skates at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, where the GOP will hold its convention. St. Paul also features the Saints, of the minor league American Association.
St. Paul also is the state capital and has adopted the motto of “Most Livable City in America” on its Web site.
This debate won’t be settled by the Republicans meeting here, but it has prompted both cities to put on their best faces for the national media coming to town this week.
Some pics from the media reception event, held on the riverfront by the Guthrie Theater.
The Guthrie Theater
The blogger and St. Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman
View looking west from the fourth floor of the Guthrie Theater
View looking east down the Mississippi River (the bright white construction on the right side is that of the new bridge to replace the I-35 bridge that collapsed Aug. 1, 2007)