A Tale of Twin Cities: Fifteen Fun Facts about Minneapolis

Rita Lassiter

In researching all there is to do and see in Minneapolis, I discovered that it isn’t just a city known for its harsh winter season and abundance of lakes, but Minneapolis is also one of the nation’s biggest little cities, filled with lots to do and plenty of charm. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region is home to nearly 3.5 million people and is a burgeoning metropolis rich in history, culture, and economic growth.

15 Fun Facts about the Twin Cities (gathered from Nokohaha and 50states.com):

  1. Minnesota—nicknamed the “Twin Cities” (together with the neighboring city of Saint Paul), “City of Lakes,” and the “Mill City,”—is the largest city in Minnesota, and is the 47th largest in the United States.
  2. Minnesota is home to 19 Fortune 500 companies—more than any other state. 15 of those are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Notable names among these companies include UnitedHealth Group, Target, and Best Buy.
  3. Fore! Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the US.
  4. We can thank Minnesota for birthing such inventions as: Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs (Healthy Maintenance Organizations), and the bundt pan.
  5. Prince, the son of a jazz musician and a singer, is Minneapolis’ most famous musical offspring.
  6. After being expanded to 11 acres in 1992, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden officially earned the distinction of being the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.
  7. Right behind New York and Chicago, Minneapolis is home to the third-largest theater market in the U.S.
  8. The first automatic pop-up toaster, the Toastmaster, was marketed in 1926 by McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis. The retail price was $13.50. (Adjusted for inflation, that’s the equivalent to nearly $165 today.)
  9. The nation’s first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.
  10. The climate-controlled Metrodome in Minneapolis is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series, and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship. Pete Rose made the first official hit in the Metrodome during a Cincinnati Reds preseason game.
  11. Minneapolis is tied with Seattle as America’s most literate city.
  12. When the Minneapolis Public Library separated its children’s books from the rest of their collection in 1889, they were the first to do so, setting a trend that became common in libraries everywhere.
  13.  The Mall of America, located in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, is the size of 78 football fields. That’s 9.5 million square feet!
  14. Minneapolis’ skyway system connects 52 blocks of downtown, making it possible to live, eat, work, and shop without ever having to go outside.
  15. A statue of Mary Tyler Moore downtown on the Nicollet Mall pays homage to the legendary 1970s CBS television sit-com, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The statue marks the site where producers filmed the series’ iconic opening sequence in which character Mary Richards throws her hat up high in the air.

We hope that you will join us for Healthy Teen Network’s 33rd Annual Conference, The Power of Youth: Joining Forces to Achieve Positive Outcomes, October 16-19, 2012, in Minneapolis. Many of the city’s sights and sounds are only minutes away from the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, the host hotel for the conference. The hotel is located on a stretch of Downtown Minneapolis called Nicollet Mall, a portion of Nicollet Avenue that serves the cultural and commercial heart of the city.

Please stay tuned to our official conference page for updates regarding our conference program including keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and workshop/roundtable schedules. Online conference registration opens soon! For more information, please contact  conference@healthyteennetwork.org.

Rita Lassiter is the Meeting and Event Planner at Healthy Teen Network.

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  1. mplsgossipgirl

     /  April 13, 2012

    Minneapolis is tied with Seattle as America’s most literate city.

    Didn’t know this! Thanks for Sharing!

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