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Spreading out from the banks of the Mississippi River in the north-central accompaniment of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St Paul are colloquially accepted as the Twin Cities. In Americans and Nothing Else (1980), Trevor Fishlock observes that they 'are disconnected by the Mississippi River, and affiliated by the acceptance that the citizenry of the added ancillary of the river are inferior'. It is accurate that there is a affable animosity amid them, which dates aback to the nineteenth aeon back anniversary burghal bedlam the 1890 demography address in an attack to be bigger than the other. Today, with a citizenry of 2.7 actor amid them, the Twin Cities anatomy the 15th better burghal breadth in the Affiliated States, and they curl in blessed symbiosis.

St Paul started activity in 1837 with the arguable name of Pigs Eye, alleged afterwards a alehouse babysitter who set up after from the Fort Snelling aggressive outpost. Four years later, a abbey was erected and the boondocks adopted its name, St Paul. Minneapolis was founded in 1855, on the west coffer of the river adverse the avalanche of St Anthony. Amid 1860 and 1900, immigrants from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and arctic Germany caked in to achieve the Minnesota Territory. St Paul was the aperture to this fresh borderland and it became the accompaniment basic in 1858. Traces of that ancestry abide today in people's surnames, the agreeable Minnesota emphasis and baby cultural festivals and institutions, such as the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

The boss Mississippi River was the key to the Cities' growth. The avalanche of St Anthony provided ability for sawmills and flour-mills and, by 1870, Minneapolis had become the flour-milling basic of the world. Although the mills are now gone, aliment processing charcoal a arch industry, and the Twin Cities burghal breadth rank aboriginal in the nation in agronomical article and aliment artefact consign sales. Electronics, medical and computer manufacturing, retail and able casework are amid the added businesses that addition the advancing abridgement and accomplish it one of the better bartering centres amid Chicago and the West Coast.

Minneapolis has emerged as the added 'modern' of the twins, due to its action of razing best of its old buildings. The burghal breadth contains abounding arresting abreast barrio advised by arch architects. St Paul has added of a preservationist instinct, with abounding adequate nineteenth- and aboriginal avant-garde buildings. Minneapolis appears added glossy and sassy, while St Paul is a above ancient brother.

Residents of the Twin Cities get pleasure abundance and a aerial affection of activity - a apple-pie environment, apprenticeship and acceptable bloom affliction are top priorities. With 949 of Minnesota's 12,000 lakes lying aural the Twin Cities area, alfresco amusement is a given. Miles of bike and jogging paths beleaguer south Minneapolis' 'chain of lakes'. Both cities are affluent in arts and cultural entertainment, with the quality, assortment and cardinal of productions and accessories far before the barometer for the admeasurement of the city. The Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater are amid the top venues in the nation.

If there is a check to the Twin Cities, it is the weather: winters are bitterly algid with lots of ice and snow. Here is area the Scandinavian ancestry comes in accessible - association booty it in their stride and get pleasure their accomplished hot summers all the more. Both cities accept an all-encompassing arrangement of amid 'skyways' that affix burghal buildings, enabling bodies to move about calmly after braving the weather.

The Twin Cities are somewhat conventional, connected accepted for the alleged 'Puritan assignment ethic'. They lie not on the acid bend of appearance or trends, but on a close foundation of family-oriented Christian values. But while abundantly conservative, they occasionally abruptness assemblage with their absolute bent, such as in 1998 back association adopted the abrupt pro wrestler Jesse 'The Body' Ventura as governor of Minnesota. Recently pundits alleged Minneapolis a 'solid block of ice', a advertence not to the acclimate but to its able advance potential, as the connected acceptable affluence of the Twin Cities seems assured.