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Minneapolis and St. Paul

The Twin Cities, set on opposite sides of the Mississippi River, initially established themselves in the agricultural business. Waves of Scandinavians and Germans farmed the fertile prairie, then shipped their grain to the cities to be milled and transported to the rest of the nation. These days Minneapolis and St. Paul are more likely associated with arts and culture than farming; they are home to terrific museums and one of the finest and most active theater and fine arts communities in the nation. Minneapolis is also fast becoming a hot spot for architectural gems, including the Weisman Art Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the new Guthrie Theatre.

And lest Minnesota's reputation for harsh weather trouble you, not to worry. Both cities incorporate miles of climate-controlled skyway systems enabling residents and visitors to work, shop, and dine without stepping outdoors.

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