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Minneapolis – St. Paul Business Signs

Minneapolis – Saint Paul is a metropolitan area straddling the northern Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix rivers.  It is often referred to as the ‘Twin Cities’ for its two largest cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Minneapolis was given its name by the city’s first school master, Charles Hoag, who combined the Greek word ‘polis’, which means city, with the Dakota word ‘Minnehaha.’  Hoag believed Minnehaha to mean ‘laughing water’, but it actually is closer to ‘curling water’ or ‘waterfall.’

Saint Paul was originally called ‘Pig’s Eye’ after Pierre ‘Pig’s Eye’ Parrant, who ran a popular tavern there.  However, the first Catholic pastor to the region, Father Lucien Galtier, established the Log Chapel of Saint Paul (which would soon become the Cathedral of Saint Paul) and the city was given its modern day name.

Today, Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota and as of 2013 had an estimated population of 294,873.  In that same year, Minneapolis was estimated to be the largest city in Minnesota and the 46th largest city in the U.S. with 400,070 residents.  The Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area is estimated to have a population anywhere from 3.4 million – 3.8 million people.  This would make it the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area is the second largest economic center in the Midwest, behind Chicago.  Within the city of Minneapolis there are five headquarters for Fortune 500 corporations.  They include Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, and Thrivent Financial.  As for Saint Paul, the city is home to Ecolab, Securian Financial Group Inc., and Gander Mountain.  The 3M Company is located in adjacent Maplewood, Minnesota.  3M employs 16,000 people statewide.

Culturally, the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area has left its mark upon the American consciousness.  Saint Paul is the birthplace of legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who was the creator of Peanuts.  Minneapolis is well known as serving as the site for Minnesota Public Radio, which produces A Prairie Home Companion.

Saint Paul hosts the annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  This Carnival began in 1886, is attended by 350,000 visitors per year, and showcases ice sculpting, a treasure hunt, winter food, activities, and an ice palace.  The city also houses The Como Zoo and Conservatory and adjoining Japanese Garden.  The Minnesota Opera plays at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

As for Minneapolis, the city is home to one of the five largest modern art museums in the U.S., the Walker Art Center.  The largest art museum in the city, however, is the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which was built in 1915.  It has 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection.

Minneapolis is the birthplace of pop superstar Prince, and it is second only to New York City in terms of live theater per capita, according to The McClatchy Company.  These theater troops include Illusion, Jungle, Mixed Blood, Penumbra, Mu Performing Arts, Bedlam Theater, the Brave New Workshop, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, among many others.

When it comes to sports, the Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area is brimming with athletic talent.  Saint Paul is the home of NHL’s Minnesota Wild, who play in the Xcel Energy Center.  As for Minneapolis, the city houses the Target Center.  Both the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx play their home games there.  The Lynx have one the WNBA Finals twice in the last four years.   MLB’s Minnesota Twins play their home games in Target Field and have won two World Series.  The Minnesota Vikings of the NFL play their home games (for now) at TCF Bank Stadium and have never won a Super Bowl.

Do you own a small business in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area?  Are you considering it?  These resources could help:

Apply for a Business License in Minnesota

Business in Minnesota

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Looking for Minneapolis – Saint Paul business signs?
Get the word out there about your goods and services!  Contact one of our authorized Sign.com members:

Signs by Tomorrow
6442 Penn Avenue South, Suite B
Richfield, MN 55423

Hooked Up Graphics
1232 Willow Street, Suite C
Faribault, MN 55021

Gillette Signworks
13919 223rd Ave NW
Elk River, Minnesota 55330