Minneapolis, Minnesota


cop-side-minneapolisThe largest city in Minnesota, Minneapolis teams with its twin, St. Paul, to create the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The region — which stands behind only Chicago as the largest economic center in the Midwest with iconic Fortune 500 brand names like Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy and Ameriprise Financial. Yet the most dominating force in the city is the main campus of the University of Minnesota, which has more than 50,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Minneapolis is also home to a wide variety of sports and entertainment figures, most notably Grammy Award winner Prince, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide (led by his 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack). Other entertainment figures associated with the city are Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, folk singer Bob Dylan and television’s Mary Tyler Moore, who is commemorated with a downtown statue. Additionally, Minneapolis has hosted many huge sporting events, from the Super Bowl to the World Series to the NCAA Final Four. In May 2014, the NFL announced that its Super Bowl would return in 2018.

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