Rivalry[ edit ] Minneapolis and Saint Paul have competed since they were founded, resulting in some duplication of effort.
Mary in In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the rivalry became so intense that an architect practicing in one city was often refused business in the other.
Paul Saints , both baseball teams of the American Association. Since , it has been common practice for any major sports team based in the Twin Cities to be named for Minnesota as a whole.
In terms of development, the two cities remain distinct in their progress, with Minneapolis absorbing new and avant-garde architecture while Saint Paul continues to carefully integrate new buildings into the context of classical and Victorian styles.
Weisman Art Museum. The Guthrie Theater moved into a new building in overlooking the Mississippi River. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of theatre , dance , improvisation , puppetry , kids' shows, visual art , and musicals.
It hosts both a classical station and a contemporary station, The Current , which plays music from regional and other contemporary artists.
The show ended its run in , with its successor Live from Here also airing from the same venue. This radio program was the basis of the film of the same name, A Prairie Home Companion.
The Current and The Walker Art Center also host an annual music festival Rock the Garden , which features nationally recognized and local artists.
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The festival is used as a fundraiser for the restoration of the basilica. Aside from the music festivals that take place in the region, the Twin Cities area is also home to a number of venues where artists come to perform.
Minneapolis is home to the famous First Avenue. First Avenue is known for being the starting venue for many famous artists and bands that have come from the area including Prince , The Replacements , Atmosphere , and others.
It became one of the most recognizable venues in Minnesota following the release of the Prince movie Purple Rain , in which the venue is featured. Paul There are numerous lakes in the region, and cities in the area have some very extensive park systems for recreation.
Some studies have shown that area residents take advantage of this, and are among the most physically fit in the country, though others have disputed that. Nonetheless, medicine is a major industry in the region and the southeasterly city of Rochester , as the University of Minnesota has joined other colleges and hospitals in doing significant research, and major medical device manufacturers started in the region the most prominent is Medtronic.
Technical innovators have brought important advances in computing , including the Cray line of supercomputers.
It is common for residents of the Twin Cities area to own or share cabins and other properties along lakes and forested areas in the central and northern regions of the state, and weekend trips "up North" happen through the warmer months. Ice fishing is also a major pastime in the winter, although each year some overambitious fishermen find themselves in dangerous situations when they venture out onto the ice too early or too late.
Hunting , snowmobiling , ATV riding and numerous other outdoor activities are also popular.
This connectedness with the outdoors also brings a strong sense of environmentalism to many Minnesotans. Demography[ edit ] Place of birth[ edit ] Approximately Approximately The rest of the population 6.
The highest percentages of immigrants came from Asia However, the area is gradually becoming more diverse over time. The Twin Cities are home to several synagogues serving the Jewish population, which is concentrated in the western Minneapolis suburbs of Golden Valley, St.
Louis Park, Plymouth and Minnetonka. A recent influx of immigrants from Laos and Northern Africa has brought many more religions to the area.
There are several Islamic Masjids in the area.
There is a temple for the religion of Eckankar in the suburb of Chanhassen known as the Temple of Eck. The LDS St.
There are several very strong Unitarian Universalist communities such as the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, as well as several Pagan and Buddhist groups.
The cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis have been called Paganistan due to the large numbers of Pagans living there. To avoid favoring either of the Twin Cities, most teams based in the area use only the word Minnesota in their name, rather than Minneapolis or Saint Paul. It was the farthest north that a Super Bowl has ever been played.
The women's tournament will return to Minneapolis in The Ryder Cup is scheduled to return in The , and X Games were held in Minneapolis and will return for Minneapolis was the birthplace of Rollerblade and is a center for inline skating , as well as home to the most golfers per capita of any city in the U.