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Saint Paul happens to the second largest city and the capital of the US state of Minnesota. Saint Paul sits just next Minneapolis, and a adjust area of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, which is the 15th most populous region in the United States with population hovering around 3.5 million.
Saint Paul roots back when a tavern started by Pierre Parrant, known as Pig's Eye sold liquor on the river shores below the current downtown area.
Vicinity of tavern, with time, grew into a trading spot known as Pig's Eye or Pig's Eye Landing, where Native Americans, European explorers, and American soldiers started living nearby. In 1854, Saint Paul incorporated as a city and, in 1858, became the capital of Minnesota.
City of Saint Paul is governed with a variation of the strong mayor-council form of government. The mayor of the city is not only the chief executive but also the chief administrative officer for the; along with there is a seven member city council that serves as a legislative body. The mayor is elected from the entire city, while members of the city council are elected from seven different geographic wards, which have approximately equal populations.
In addition to the mayor-council system, Saint Paul is governed by a unique neighborhood system. Since 1975, the city has been split up into 17 City Districts, which are then governed by a District Council. The District Councils receive some funding from the city but are otherwise independently run. Many of councils have significant power on land use issues.
Saint Paul stands at second position in the United States when it comes to the number of higher education institutions per capita. Higher education institutions include three public and eight private colleges and universities, and five post-secondary institutions.
Well-known colleges and universities include: the Concordia University, College of Saint Catherine, Macalester College, Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas. Metropolitan State University and Saint Paul College, which focus on non-traditional students, are based in Saint Paul, as well as two law schools, William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law.
The Saint Paul Public Schools district happens to be the state's second largest school district that serves over 42,000 students. The Saint Paul Public Schools district is unique when it comes to the extent of diversity with students, who come from families speaking 70 different languages, however only four languages are used for most school communication that includes English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Saint Paul holds the division of Parks and Recreation, which is responsible for 160 parks and 41 recreation centers that run across the city accommodate over 1,500 organized sports teams. Largest curling club of United Sates is in Saint Paul, named as Saint Paul Curling club that was founded back in 1312. Along with, Minnesota RollerGirls are a flat-track roller derby league that is based in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul.
Other sporting ventures include Saint Paul Saints, a baseball team that was first established in 1884. The current Saint Paul Saints is an independent baseball team that plays in the American Association. The Saint Paul Twin Stars of the National Premier Soccer League play their home games at James Griffin Stadium.
Ice hockey was brought to Minnesota by Minnesota Wild for the first time since 1993, when the Minnesota North Stars departed for Dallas. Previously, the Minnesota Fighting Saints had played in Saint Paul from 1972 to 1977.
Saint Paul adds attractions for visitors with mind blowing spots such as Mississippi River, Lake Como, Harriet Island Regional Park, the Como Zoo and Conservatory, Rice Park, Battle Creek Regional Park, Highland Park, Indian Mounds Park, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the Landmark Center, the Wabasha Street Caves, and the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The historic Landmark Center is located at the heart of Saint Paul; until December 2007 it was home to SteppingStone Theatre, a youth theater company and the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a high school located on the 5th floor of the building which is sponsored by the Ordway.
Other attractions include the Minnesota State Fair that is opened during the two weeks before and including Labor Day. It takes place in the suburb of Falcon Heights, just north of the Midway neighborhood. Immediately west of the state fairgrounds is the Saint Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota.
Arts and Culture
Saint Paul is considered as the head of Arts and Culture the Midwest, with over 52,000 theater seats, three world class museums, and a vibrant grass roots arts community. World renowned groups, including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, music scene ranging from Mint Condition to Tapes and Tapes and national treasures like Penumbra Theatre Company fetches more than 7 million visitors every year.
Dozens of festivals that can fit in to the taste of every age and race of life and museums are what that makes Saint Paul a lively city and a place to spend you leisure time with style and dignity.
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