Saint Paul, Minnesota
|City of Saint Paul|
"the Capital City", "the Saintly City", "Pig's Eye", "STP", "Last City of the East"
The most livable city in America*
|Incorporated||March 4, 1854|
|Named for||St. Paul the Apostle|
|• Mayor||Melvin Carter (DFL)|
|• City||56.18 sq mi (145.50 km2)|
|• Land||51.97 sq mi (134.61 km2)|
|• Water||4.20 sq mi (10.88 km2)|
|Elevation||795 ft (214 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||City: 64th MN: 2nd|
|• Density||5,899.51/sq mi (2,277.82/km2)|
|• Metro||3,524,583 (US: 16th)|
|• Demonym||Saint Paulite|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|* Current as of July 30, 2008.|
Saint Paul (abbreviated St. Paul) is the capital and second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2017, the city's estimated population was 309,180. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. Known as the "Twin Cities", the two form the core of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents.
Founded near historic Native American settlements as a trading and transportation center, the city rose to prominence when it was named the capital of the Minnesota Territory in 1849. The Dakota name for Saint Paul is "Imnizaska". Though Minneapolis (Bdeota) is better-known nationally, Saint Paul contains the state government and other important institutions. Regionally, the city is known for the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, and for the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a business hub of the Upper Midwest, it is the headquarters of companies such as Ecolab. Saint Paul, along with its Twin City, Minneapolis, is known for its high literacy rate.
The settlement originally began at present-day Lambert's Landing, but was known as Pig's Eye after Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant established a popular tavern there. When Lucien Galtier, the first Catholic pastor of the region, established the Log Chapel of Saint Paul (shortly thereafter to become the first location of the Cathedral of Saint Paul), he made it known that the settlement was now to be called by that name, as "Saint Paul as applied to a town or city was well appropriated, this monosyllable is short, sounds good, it is understood by all Christian denominations".
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Culture
- 6 Sports
- 7 Government and politics
- 8 Education
- 9 Media
- 10 Transportation
- 11 Sister cities
- 12 Notable people
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Burial mounds in present-day Indian Mounds Park suggest that the area was originally inhabited by the Hopewell Native Americans about two thousand years ago. From the early 17th century until 1837, the Mdewakanton Dakota, a tribe of the Sioux, lived near the mounds after fleeing their ancestral home of Mille Lacs Lake from advancing Ojibwe. They called the area I-mni-za ska dan ("little white rock") for its exposed white sandstone cliffs. In the Menominee language it is called Sāēnepān-Menīkān, which means "ribbon, silk or satin village", suggesting its role in trade throughout the region after the introduction of European goods.
Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, US Army officer Zebulon Pike negotiated approximately 100,000 acres (40,000 ha; 160 sq mi) of land from the local Dakota tribes in 1805 to establish a fort. The negotiated territory was located on both banks of the Mississippi River, starting from Saint Anthony Falls in present-day Minneapolis, to its confluence with the Saint Croix River. Fort Snelling was built on the territory in 1819 at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which formed a natural barrier to both Native American nations. The 1837 Treaty with the Sioux ceded all local tribal land east of the Mississippi to the U.S. Government. Taoyateduta (Chief Little Crow V) moved his band at Kaposia across the river to the south. Fur traders, explorers, and missionaries came to the area for the fort's protection. Many of the settlers were French-Canadians who lived nearby. However, as a whiskey trade flourished, military officers banned settlers from the fort-controlled lands. Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, a retired fur trader-turned-bootlegger who particularly irritated officials, set up his tavern, the Pig's Eye, near present-day Lambert's Landing. By the early 1840s, the community had become important as a trading center and a destination for settlers heading west. Locals called the area Pig's Eye (French: L'Œil du Cochon) or Pig's Eye Landing after Parrant's popular tavern.
In 1841, Father Lucien Galtier was sent to minister to the Catholic French Canadians and established a chapel, named for his favorite saint, Paul the Apostle, on the bluffs above Lambert's Landing. Galtier intended for the settlement to adopt the name Saint Paul in honor of the new chapel. In 1847, a New York educator named Harriet Bishop moved to the area and opened the city's first school. The Minnesota Territory was formalized in 1849 and Saint Paul named as its capital. In 1857, the territorial legislature voted to move the capital to Saint Peter. However, Joe Rolette, a territorial legislator, stole the physical text of the approved bill and went into hiding, thus preventing the move. On May 11, 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the union as the thirty-second state, with Saint Paul as the capital.
That year, more than 1,000 steamboats were in service at Saint Paul, making the city a gateway for settlers to the Minnesota frontier or Dakota Territory. Natural geography was a primary reason that the city became a landing. The area was the last accessible point to unload boats coming upriver due to the Mississippi River Valley's stone bluffs. During this period, Saint Paul was called "The Last City of the East." Industrialist James J. Hill constructed and expanded his network of railways into the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway, which were headquartered in Saint Paul. Today they are collectively part of the BNSF Railway.
On August 20, 1904, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes damaged hundreds of downtown buildings, causing USD $1.78 million ($49.64 million present-day) in damages to the city and ripping spans from the High Bridge. In the 1960s, during urban renewal, Saint Paul razed western neighborhoods close to downtown. The city also contended with the creation of the interstate freeway system in a fully built landscape. From 1959 to 1961, the western Rondo Neighborhood was demolished by the construction of Interstate 94, which brought attention to racial segregation and unequal housing in northern cities. The annual Rondo Days celebration commemorates the African American community.
Downtown had short skyscraper-building booms beginning in the 1970s. The tallest buildings, such as Galtier Plaza (Jackson and Sibley Towers), The Pointe of Saint Paul condominiums, and the city's tallest building, Wells Fargo Place (formerly Minnesota World Trade Center), were constructed in the late 1980s. In the 1990s and 2000s, the tradition of bringing new immigrant groups to the city continued. As of 2004, nearly 10% of the city's population were recent Hmong immigrants from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Saint Paul is the location of the Hmong Archives.
Saint Paul's history and growth as a landing port are tied to water. The city's defining physical characteristic, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, was carved into the region during the last ice age, as were the steep river bluffs and dramatic palisades on which the city is built. Receding glaciers and Lake Agassiz forced torrents of water from a glacial river that undercut the river valleys. The city is situated in east-central Minnesota.
The Mississippi River forms a municipal boundary on part of the city's west, southwest, and southeast sides. Minneapolis, the state's largest city, lies to the west. Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Roseville, and Maplewood are north, with Maplewood lying to the east. The cities of West Saint Paul and South Saint Paul are to the south, as are Lilydale, Mendota, and Mendota Heights, although across the river from the city. The city's largest lakes are Pig's Eye Lake, which is part of the Mississippi, Lake Phalen, and Lake Como. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.18 square miles (145.51 km2), of which 51.98 square miles (134.63 km2) is land and 4.20 square miles (10.88 km2) is water.
The Parks and Recreation department is responsible for 160 parks and 41 recreation centers. The city ranked #2 in park access and quality, after only Minneapolis, in the 2018 ParkScore ranking of the top 100 park systems across the United States according to the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.
Saint Paul's Department of Planning and Economic Development divides Saint Paul into seventeen Planning Districts, created in 1979 to allow neighborhoods to participate in governance and use Community Development Block Grants. With a funding agreement directly from the city, the councils share a pool of funds. The councils have significant land-use control, a voice in guiding development, and they organize residents. The boundaries are adjusted depending on population changes; as such, they sometimes overlap established neighborhoods. Though these neighborhoods changed over time, preservationists have saved many of their historically significant structures.
The city's seventeen Planning Districts are:
Saint Paul has a continental climate typical of the Upper Midwestern United States. Winters are frigid and snowy, while summers are warm to hot and humid. On the Köppen climate classification, Saint Paul falls in the hot summer humid continental climate zone (Dfa). The city experiences a full range of precipitation and related weather events, including snow, sleet, ice, rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and fog.
Due to its northerly location in the United States and lack of large bodies of water to moderate the air, Saint Paul is sometimes subjected to cold Arctic air masses, especially during late December, January, and February. The average annual temperature of 47.05 °F (8.36 °C) gives the Minneapolis−Saint Paul metropolitan area the coldest annual mean temperature of any major metropolitan area in the continental U.S.
|Climate data for Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Record high °F (°C)||57
|Average high °F (°C)||26
|Daily mean °F (°C)||16.5
|Average low °F (°C)||7
|Record low °F (°C)||−29
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||0.79
|Source #1: U.S. climate data|
|Source #2: The Weather Channel|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American||15.7%||11.7%||7.4%||3.5%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||9.6%||7.9%||4.2%||2.1%|
The earliest known inhabitants from about 400 A.D. were members of the Hopewell tradition who buried their dead in mounds (now Indian Mounds Park) on the bluffs above the river. The next known inhabitants were the Mdewakanton Dakota in the 17th century who fled their ancestral home of Mille Lacs Lake in central Minnesota in response to westward expansion of the Ojibwe nation. The Ojibwe would later occupy the north (east) bank of the Mississippi River.
By 1800, French-Canadian explorers came through the region and attracted fur traders to the area. Fort Snelling and nearby Pig's Eye Tavern also brought the first Yankees from New England and English, Irish, and Scottish immigrants who had enlisted in the army and settled nearby after discharge. These early settlers and entrepreneurs built houses on the heights north of the river. The first wave of immigration came with the Irish who settled at Connemara Patch along the Mississippi, named for their home in Connemara Ireland. The Irish would become prolific in politics, city governance, and public safety, much to the chagrin of the Germans and French who had grown into the majority. In 1850, the first of many groups of Swedish immigrants passed through Saint Paul on their way to farming communities in northern and western regions of the territory. A large group settled in Swede Hollow, which would later become home to Poles, Italians, and Mexicans. The last Swedish presence had moved up Saint Paul's East Side along Payne Avenue in the 1950s.
In terms of people who specified European ancestry in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the city was 26.4% German, 13.8% Irish, 8.4% Norwegian, 7.0% Swedish, and 6.2% English. There is also a visible community of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, representing 4.2% of Saint Paul's population. By the 1980s, the Thomas Dale area, once an Austro-Hungarian enclave known as Frogtown (German: Froschburg), became home to Vietnamese people who had left their war-torn country. A settlement program for the Hmong diaspora came soon after, and by 2000, the Saint Paul Hmong were the largest urban contingent in the United States. Mexican immigrants have settled in Saint Paul's West Side since the 1930s, and have grown enough that Mexico opened a foreign consulate in 2005.
The majority of residents claiming religious affiliation are Christian, split between the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant denominations. The Roman Catholic presence comes from Irish, German, Scottish, and French Canadian settlers who, in time, would be bolstered by Hispanic immigrants. There are Jewish synagogues such as Mount Zion Temple and relatively small populations of Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. The city has been dubbed "paganistan" due to its large Wiccan population.
As of the 2005-2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 66.5% of Saint Paul's population, of whom 62.1% were non-Hispanic whites, down from 93.6% in 1970. Blacks or African Americans made up 13.9% of Saint Paul's population, of whom 13.5% were non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.8% of Saint Paul's population, of whom 0.6% were non-Hispanic. Asian Americans made up 12.3% of Saint Paul's population, of whom 12.2% were non-Hispanic. Pacific Islander Americans made up less than 0.1% of Saint Paul's population. Individuals of other races made up 3.4% of Saint Paul's population, of whom 0.2% were non-Hispanic. Individuals from two or more races made up 3.1% of Saint Paul's population, of whom 2.6% were non-Hispanic. In addition, Hispanics and Latinos made up 8.7% of Saint Paul's population.
As of the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 287,151 people, 112,109 households, and 60,999 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 67.0% White, 11.7% African American, 1.1% Native American, 12.4% Asian (mostly Hmong), 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.8% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 7.9% of the population.
As of the census of 2010, there were 285,068 people, 111,001 households, and 59,689 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,484.2 inhabitants per square mile (2,117.5/km2). There were 120,795 housing units at an average density of 2,323.9 per square mile (897.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.1% white, 15.7% African American, 1.1% Native American, 15.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.9% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 9.6% of the population.
There were 111,001 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.1% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.2% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.33.
The median age in the city was 30.9 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
The Minneapolis–Saint Paul–Bloomington area employs 1,570,700 people in the private sector as of July 2008, 82.43 percent of which work in private service providing-related jobs.
Major corporations headquartered in Saint Paul include Ecolab, a chemical and cleaning product company which was named in 2008 by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal as the eighth best place to work in the Twin Cites for companies with 1,000 full-time Minnesota employees, and Securian Financial Group Inc.
The 3M Company is often cited as one of Saint Paul's companies, though it is located in adjacent Maplewood. 3M employs 16,000 people throughout Minnesota. St. Jude Medical, a manufacturer of medical devices, is directly across the northern border of Saint Paul in Little Canada, though the company's address is listed in Saint Paul.
The city was home to the Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities Assembly Plant, which opened in 1924 and closed at the end of 2011. The plant was in Highland Park on the Mississippi River, adjacent to Lock and Dam No. 1, Mississippi River, which generates hydroelectric power. The site is now being cleared of all buildings and tested for contamination to prepare for redevelopment. As the lead developer, the Ryan Company has released a proposed set of zoning changes that will shape how the land will be used.
The city of Saint Paul has financed city development by use of tax increment financing (TIF). In 2018, the city had 55 TIF districts. Some projects that have benefited from TIF funding include the St. Paul Saints stadium, and the affordable housing along the Twin Cities Metro Green Line.
In winter months, Saint Paul hosts the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a tradition that began in 1886 when a New York reporter called Saint Paul "another Siberia." Attended by 350,000 visitors annually, the event showcases ice sculpting, an annual treasure hunt, winter food, activities, and an ice palace. The Como Zoo and Conservatory and adjoining Japanese Garden are popular year-round. The historic Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul hosts cultural and arts organizations. The city's notable recreation locations include Indian Mounds Park, Battle Creek Regional Park, Harriet Island Regional Park, Highland Park, the Wabasha Street Caves, Lake Como, Lake Phalen, and Rice Park, as well as several areas abutting the Mississippi River. The Irish Fair of Minnesota is also held annually at the Harriet Island Pavilion area. And the country's largest Hmong American sports festival, the Freedom Festival, is held the first weekend of July at McMurray Field near Como Park.
The city is associated with the Minnesota State Fair in nearby Falcon Heights just west of Saint Paul's Como Park neighborhood and southeast of the University of Minnesota Saint Paul Campus. Though Fort Snelling is on the Minneapolis side of the Mississippi River bluff, the area including Fort Snelling State Park and Pike Island is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquartered in the city.
Saint Paul is the birthplace of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), who lived in Merriam Park from infancy until 1960. Schulz's Snoopy cartoon inspired giant, decorated Peanuts sculptures around the city, a Chamber of Commerce promotion in the late 1990s. Other notable residents include writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, playwright August Wilson, who premiered many of the ten plays in his Pittsburgh Cycle at the local Penumbra Theater, painter LeRoy Neiman, and photographer John Vachon.
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts hosts theater productions and the Minnesota Opera is a founding tenant. RiverCentre, attached to Xcel Energy Center, serves as the city's convention center. The city has contributed to the music of Minnesota and the Twin Cities music scene through various venues. Great jazz musicians have passed through the influential Artists' Quarter, first established in the 1970s in Whittier, Minneapolis, and moved to downtown Saint Paul in 1994. Artists' Quarter also hosts the Soapboxing Poetry Slam, home of the 2009 National Poetry Slam Champions. At The Black Dog, in Lowertown, many French or European jazz musicians (Evan Parker, Tony Hymas, Benoît Delbecq, François Corneloup) have met Twin Cities musicians and started new groups touring in Europe. Groups and performers such as Fantastic Merlins, Dean Magraw/Davu Seru, Merciless Ghosts, and Willie Murphy are regulars. The Turf Club in Midway has been a music scene landmark since the 1940s. Saint Paul is also the home base of the internationally acclaimed Rose Ensemble. As an Irish stronghold, the city boasts popular Irish pubs with live music, such as Shamrocks, The Dubliner, and O'Gara's. The internationally acclaimed Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is the nation's only full-time professional chamber orchestra. The Minnesota Centennial Showboat on the Mississippi River began in 1958 with Minnesota's first centennial celebration.
Saint Paul hosts a number of museums, including the University of Minnesota's Goldstein Museum of Design, the Minnesota Children's Museum, the Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Traces Center for History and Culture, the Minnesota History Center, the Alexander Ramsey House, the James J. Hill House, the Minnesota Transportation Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Twin City Model Railroad Museum.
The Saint Paul division of Parks and Recreation runs over 1,500 organized sports teams.
Saint Paul hosts a number of professional, semi-professional, and amateur sports teams. The Minnesota Wild play their home games in downtown Saint Paul's Xcel Energy Center, which opened in 2000. The Wild brought the NHL back to Minnesota for the first time since 1993, when the Minnesota North Stars left the state for Dallas, Texas. (The World Hockey Association's Minnesota Fighting Saints played in Saint Paul from 1972 to 1977.) Citing the history of hockey in the Twin Cities and teams at all levels, Sports Illustrated called Saint Paul the new Hockeytown U.S.A. in 2007.
The Xcel Energy Center, a multipurpose entertainment and sports venue, can host concerts and accommodate nearly all sporting events. It occupies the site of the demolished Saint Paul Civic Center. The Xcel Energy Center hosts the Minnesota high school boys hockey tournament, the Minnesota high school girls' volleyball tournament, and concerts throughout the year. In 2004, it was named the best overall sports venue in the US by ESPN.
The St. Paul Saints is the city's independent league baseball team. There have been several different teams called the Saints over the years. Founded in 1884, they were shut down in 1961 after the Minnesota Twins moved to Bloomington. The St. Paul Saints were brought back in 1993 as an independent baseball team in the Northern League, moving to the American Association in 2006. Their home games are played at the open-air CHS Field in downtown's Lowertown Historic District. Four noted Major League All-Star baseball players are natives of Saint Paul: Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield, Hall of Fame infielder Paul Molitor, Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris, and first baseman Joe Mauer. The all-black St. Paul Colored Gophers played four seasons in Saint Paul from 1907 to 1911.
The St. Paul Twin Stars of the National Premier Soccer League play their home games at Macalester Stadium. The first curling club in Saint Paul was founded in 1888. The current club, the St. Paul Curling Club, was founded in 1912 and is the largest curling club in the United States. The Minnesota RollerGirls are a flat-track roller derby league based in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Minnesota's oldest athletic organization, the Minnesota Boat Club, resides in the Mississippi River on Raspberry Island. Saint Paul is also home to Circus Juventas, the largest circus arts school in North America.
On March 25, 2015, Major League Soccer announced that it had awarded its 23rd MLS franchise to Minnesota United FC, a team from the lower-level North American Soccer League. Bill McGuire and his ownership group, which includes Jim Pohlad of the Minnesota Twins, Glen Taylor of the Minnesota Timberwolves, former Minnesota Wild investor Glen Nelson, and his daughter Wendy Carlson Nelson of the Carlson hospitality company, had intended to build a privately financed soccer-specific stadium in Downtown Minneapolis near the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. But their plan was met with heavy opposition from former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who said her city was suffering from "stadium fatigue" after building three stadiums, for the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Golden Gophers, within a six-year span. On July 1, 2015, after failing to reach an agreement with the city of Minneapolis, McGuire and his partners turned their focus to Saint Paul.
On October 23, 2015, Bill McGuire of Minnesota United FC and former Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced that a privately financed soccer-specific stadium would be built on the vacant Metro Transit bus barn site in Saint Paul's Midway neighborhood near the intersection of Snelling Avenue and University Avenue. It is midway between downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis. The stadium will open in 2019 and seat 19,400. The team will play in the MLS in 2017.
On May 15, 2018, the Minnesota Whitecaps joined the National Women's Hockey League as their fifth franchise. Founded in 2004, the team originally played in the Western Women's Hockey League before going independent in 2010 when that league folded. The Whitecaps will play their home games at TRIA Rink, a 1,200-seat hockey arena and practice facility in downtown Saint Paul. The team will play in the NWHL in 2018.
|Minnesota Wild||Ice hockey||National Hockey League||Xcel Energy Center (17,954)|
|Minnesota Whitecaps||Ice hockey||National Women's Hockey League||TRIA Rink (1,200)||Clarkson Cup: 2010|
|Minnesota United FC||Soccer||Major League Soccer||Allianz Field (19,400)||NASL: 2011 and 2014|
|St. Paul Saints||Baseball||American Association||CHS Field (7,210)||NL: 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2004|
Government and politics
Saint Paul has a variation of the strong mayor-council form of government. The mayor is the chief executive and chief administrative officer for the city and the seven-member city council is the legislative body. The mayor is elected by the entire city, while members of the city council are elected from seven different geographic wards of approximately equal population. Both the mayor and council members serve four-year terms. The current mayor is Melvin Carter (DFL), Saint Paul's first African-American mayor. Aside from Norm Coleman, who became a Republican during his second term, Saint Paul has not elected a Republican mayor since 1952.
The city is also the county seat of Ramsey County, named for Alexander Ramsey, the state's first governor. The county once spanned much of the present-day metropolitan area and was originally to be named Saint Paul County after the city. Today it is geographically the smallest county and the most densely populated. Ramsey is the only home rule county in Minnesota; the seven-member Board of Commissioners appoints a county manager whose office is in the combination city hall/county courthouse along with the Minnesota Second Judicial Courts. The nearby Law Enforcement Center houses the Ramsey County Sheriff's office.
State and federal
Saint Paul is the capital of the state of Minnesota. The city hosts the capitol building, designed by Saint Paul resident Cass Gilbert, and the House and Senate office buildings. The Minnesota Governor's Residence, which is used for some state functions, is on Summit Avenue. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (affiliated with the Democratic Party) is headquartered in Saint Paul. Numerous state departments and services are also headquartered in Saint Paul, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The city is split into four Minnesota Senate districts (64, 65, 66 and 67) and eight Minnesota House of Representatives districts (64A, 64B, 65A, 65B, 66A, 66B, 67A and 67B), all of which are held by Democrats.
Saint Paul is the heart of Minnesota's 4th congressional district, represented by Democrat Betty McCollum. The district has been in DFL hands without interruption since 1949. Minnesota is represented in the US Senate by Democrat Amy Klobuchar, a former Hennepin County Attorney, and Democrat Tina Smith, former Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota.
|Minnesota House and Senate districts|
|Name||First elected||Party||Name||First elected||Party|
|64||Dick Cohen||1986||DFL||64A||Erin Murphy||2006||DFL|
|65||Sandy Pappas||1990||DFL||65A||Rena Moran||2010||DFL|
|66||John Marty*||1992||DFL||66A||John Lesch||2002||DFL|
|67||Foung Hawj||2012||DFL||67A||Tim Mahoney||1998||DFL|
Saint Paul is second in the United States in the number of higher education institutions per capita. Higher education institutions that call Saint Paul home include three public and eight private colleges and universities and five post-secondary institutions. Well-known colleges and universities include the Saint Catherine University, Concordia University, Hamline University, Macalester College, 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 a law school, Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
The Saint Paul Public Schools district is the state's largest school district and serves approximately 39,000 students. The district is extremely diverse with students from families speaking 90 different languages, although only five languages are used for most school communication: English, Spanish, Hmong, Karen, and Somali. The district runs 82 different schools, including 52 elementary schools, twelve middle schools, seven high schools, ten alternative schools, and one special education school, employing over 6,500 teachers and staff. The school district also oversees community education programs for pre-K and adult learners, including Early Childhood Family Education, GED Diploma, language programs, and various learning opportunities for community members of all ages. In 2006, Saint Paul Public Schools celebrated its 150th anniversary. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.
A variety of K-12 private, parochial, and public charter schools are also represented in the city. In 1992, Saint Paul became the first city in the US to sponsor and open a charter school, now found in most states across the nation. Saint Paul is currently home to 21 charter schools as well as 38 private schools. The Saint Paul Public Library system includes a central library and twelve branch locations.
Residents of Saint Paul can receive 10 broadcast television stations, five of which broadcast from within Saint Paul. One daily newspaper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, two weekly neighborhood newspapers, the East Side Review and City Pages (owned by The Star Tribune Company), and several monthly or semimonthly neighborhood papers serve the city. It was the only city in the United States with a population of 250,000 or more to see an increase in circulation of Sunday newspapers in 2007. Several media outlets based in neighboring Minneapolis also serve the Saint Paul community, including the Star Tribune. Saint Paul is home to Minnesota Public Radio, a three-format system that broadcasts on nearly 40 stations around the Midwest. MPR locally delivers news and information, classical, and The Current (which plays a wide variety of music). The station has 110,000 regional members and more than 800,000 listeners each week throughout the Upper Midwest, the largest audience of any regional public radio network. Also operating as part of American Public Media, MPR's programming reaches five million listeners, most notably through Live from Here, hosted by Chris Thile (previously known as A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor, who also lives in the city). The Fitzgerald Theater, renamed in 1994 for Saint Paul native and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, is home to the show.
Interstate and roadways
Residents use Interstate 35E running north-south and Interstate 94 running east-west. Trunk highways include U.S. Highway 52, Minnesota State Highway 280, and Minnesota State Highway 5. Saint Paul has several unique roads such as Ayd Mill Road, Phalen Boulevard and Shepard Road/Warner Road, which diagonally follow particular geographic features in the city. Biking is also gaining popularity, due to the creation of more paved bike lanes that connect to other bike routes throughout the metropolitan area and the creation of Nice Ride Minnesota, a seasonally operated nonprofit bicycle sharing and rental system that has over 1,550 bicycles and 170 stations in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Downtown Saint Paul has a five-mile (8 km) enclosed skyway system over twenty-five city blocks. The 563-mile (906 km) Avenue of the Saints connects Saint Paul with Saint Louis, Missouri.
The layout of city streets and roads has often drawn complaints. While he was Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and remarked that the streets were designed by "drunken Irishmen". He later apologized, though people had been complaining about the fractured grid system for more than a century by that point. Some of the city's road design is the result of the curve of the Mississippi River, hilly topography, conflicts between developers of different neighborhoods in the early city, and grand plans only half-realized. Outside of downtown, the roads are less confusing, but most roads are named, rather than numbered, increasing the difficulty for non-natives to navigate.
Metro Transit provides bus service and light rail in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. The METRO Green Line is an 11-mile (18 km) light rail line that connects downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis with 14 stations in Saint Paul. The Green Line runs west along University Avenue, through the University of Minnesota campus, until it links up and then shares stations with the METRO Blue Line in downtown Minneapolis. Construction began in November 2010 and the line began service on June 14, 2014. Roughly 45,000 people rode on the first day; an average 28,000 riders are expected per day.
Metro Transit opened the METRO A Line, Minneapolis–Saint Paul's first arterial bus rapid transit line, along Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway. The A Line connects the METRO Blue Line at 46th Street station to Rosedale Center with a connection at the Green Line Snelling Avenue station. The A Line is the first in a series of planned arterial bus rapid transit lines and is set to open in early 2016.
Amtrak's Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle stops twice daily in each direction at the newly renovated Saint Paul Union Station. Ridership on the train increased about 6% from 2005 to over 505,000 in fiscal year 2007. A Minnesota Department of Transportation study found that increased daily service to Chicago should be economically viable, especially if it originates in Saint Paul and does not experience delays from the rest of the western route of the Empire Builder. Saint Paul is the site of the Pig's Eye Yard, a major freight classification yard for Canadian Pacific Railway. As of 2003, the yard handled over 1,000 freight cars per day. Both Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe run trains through the yard, though they are not classified at Pig's Eye. Burlington Northern Santa Fe operates the large Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, which handles about 600 cars per day. There are several other small yards located around the city.
Saint Paul is served by the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), which sits on 3,400 acres (14 km2) southwest of the city on the west side of the Mississippi River between Minnesota State Highway 5, Interstate 494, Minnesota State Highway 77, and Minnesota State Highway 62. The airport serves three international, twelve domestic, seven charter, and four regional carriers and is a hub and home base for Delta Air Lines, Mesaba Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. Saint Paul is also served by the St. Paul Downtown Airport located just south of downtown, across the Mississippi River. The airport, also known as Holman Field, is a reliever airport run by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The airport houses Minnesota's Air National Guard and is tailored to local corporate aviation. There are three runways that serve about 100 resident aircraft and a flight training school. The Holman Field Administration Building and Riverside Hangar are on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Walter Abel (1898-1987), actor
- Loni Anderson (born 1946), actress
- Louie Anderson (born 1953), comedian
- Wendell Anderson (1933-2016), US Senator
- Richard Arlen (1899-1976), actor
- Harry Blackmun (1908-1999), US Supreme Court Associate Justice, grew up in St. Paul
- Winfield S. Braddock (born 1848), Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Herb Brooks (born 1937), hockey coach
- Warren Burger (born 1907), US Supreme Court Chief Justice
- Melva Clemaire (1874-1937), soprano singer
- Eyedea (1981-2010), rap artist
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), author
- Josh Hartnett (born 1978), actor
- Hippo Campus, indie rock band
- Paul Holmgren (born 1955), NHL hockey player, general manager, president of Philadelphia Flyers (2014–present)
- Rachel Keller (born 1992), actress
- Allan Kingdom (born 1993), rap artist
- Tony Levine (born 1972), football coach
- Joe Mauer (born 1983), MLB baseball player
- Ryan McDonagh (born 1989), NHL hockey player
- Kate Millett (born 1934), scholar, author, feminist
- Paul Molitor (born 1956), MLB baseball player
- Jack Morris (born 1955), MLB baseball player
- LeRoy Neiman (born 1921), artist
- Bruce Olson (born 1941), missionary
- Tim Pawlenty (born 1960), former Governor of Minnesota
- Alfred E. Perlman (1902-1983), president of New York Central Railroad and its successor, Penn Central
- Isaac Rosefelt (born 1985), American-Israeli basketball player for Maccabi Ashdod in the Israeli Basketball Premier League
- Charles Schulz (1922–2000), cartoonist, born in Minneapolis, grew up in St. Paul
- Fred Tschida (born 1949), artist, born in Saint Paul
- Lindsey Vonn (born 1984), Olympic skier and gold medalist
- DeWitt Wallace (1889–1981), magazine publisher and co-founder of Reader's Digest
- Dave Winfield (born 1951), MLB baseball player
- "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 3, 2019.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- "The City of Saint Paul – Official website". The City of Saint Paul. 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places of 50,000 or More". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- "Ramsey County". Metro MSP. Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation. 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas on July 1, 2016 Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. June 1, 2016. Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Bill Salisbury (August 10, 2008). "Pawlenty is latest to make Minneapolis blunder about RNC's location". Pioneer Press. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
- Associated Press (December 17, 2000). "Stars Can't Go Home Again". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Some Notable U.S. Museums". The History Channel. 2008. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009.
- "National Science Foundation Selects Museum of Science, Boston to Head $20 Million Network for Public Engagement with Nanotechnology" (Press release). Materials Research Society. 2008.
- Capital City Partnership (2006). "A City Where People Work". Capital City Partnership. Archived from the original on April 27, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
- Minneapolis ranked most literate city Star Tribune. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
- Galtier, Rev. Lucien (1908). Father Galtier to Bishop Grace, Prairie du Chien January 14, 1846. pp. 184–190.
- Trimble, Steve (July 2, 2000). "A Short history of Indian Mounds Park". Neighborhood Pride Celebration. daytonsbluff.org. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2006.
- "Indian Mounds Park". Mississippi National River and recreation Area. National Park Service. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
- Mark Morrison (2008). "Dakota Life". City of Bloomington. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008.
- Stephen Return Riggs; James Owen Dorsey (1892). A Dakota-English Dictionary. University of Michigan. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Lambert's Landing". National Park Services. July 27, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- Hoffman, Mike. "Menominee Place Names in Wisconsin". The Menominee Clans Story. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
- "The Treaty Story". Minnesota History Center. 1999. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009.
- "Treaty with the Sioux, 1837". Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. Oklahoma State University Library. September 29, 1837. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- "Kaposia Village Site". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- Kappler, Charles J., Washington: Government Printing Office, ed. (1904). "Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties". II (Treaties, 1778-1883). Oklahoma State University Library.. and "Treaty with the Sioux". September 29, 1837. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. and "Treaty with the Sioux—Sisseton and Wahpeton Bands". July 23, 1851. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. and "Treaty With the Sioux—Mdewakanton and Wapahkoota Bands". August 5, 1851. Archived from the original on July 11, 2007. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
- Schaper, Julie; Horwitz, Steven (2006). Twin Cities Noir. New York, New York: Akashic Books. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-888451-97-9. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- "Overview of the Cathedral". Cathedral of Saint Paul. 2004. Archived from the original on August 6, 2007.
- Patricia Mougel, Dept. of French and Italian, University of Minnesota (June 2007). "Catholicisme dans le Midwest Lucien Galtier et l'origine du nom de la capitale du Minnesota" (PDF) (in French). Reflets de l'étoile du nord, Vol. 27, No. 3. Retrieved July 28, 2008.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Gilman, Rhonda R. (1989). The Story of Minnesota's Past. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press. pp. 99–104. ISBN 978-0-87351-267-1.
- "Rolette, Jr., Joseph "Joe"". Minnesota Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislature. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- Mary Lethert Wingerd. "Separated at Birth: The Sibling Rivalry of Minneapolis and St. Paul". Organization of American Historians. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2007.
- "St. Paul, Minneapolis and other cities in Minnesota suffer from gale". GenDisasters.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2008.
- "Rondo Neighborhood & the Building of I-94". Minnesota Historical Society. 2008.
- F. James Davis (1965). "The Effects of a Freeway Displacement on Racial Housing Segregation in a Northern City". Phylon. 26 (3): 209–215. doi:10.2307/273848. JSTOR 273848.
- "Rondo Days official site". Rondo Avenue Inc. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
- "Tallest skyscrapers of Saint Paul". Emporis. 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
- "Hmong Refugee Resettlement". Minnesota Council of Non-Profits. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2008.
- Moua, Teng. "Hmong Archives Reaches a Milestone". Hmong Today. Archived from the original on May 15, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
- "Mississippi: River Facts". U.S. National Park Service. August 14, 2006.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Havens, Chris (October 31, 2007). "In St. Paul, they're passionate about parks". Star Tribune. pp. AA1. ISSN 0895-2825. Archived from the original on November 2, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2007.
- "ParkScore". www.parkscore.tpl.org. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
- Medcalf, Myron P. (September 11, 2007). "St. Paul's neighborhood councils scrutinize their financial status". Star Tribune. pp. B4 Local.
- "District Councils". City of Saint Paul. 2008. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009.
- "Saint Paul Participation". Citizen Participation Project Case Studies. Citizen Participation Project. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
- Kottek, Markus; Grieser, Jürgen; Beck, Christoph; Rudolf, Bruno; Rubel, Franz (June 2006). "World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated". Meteorologische Zeitschrift. 15 (3): 259–263. Bibcode:2006MetZe..15..259K. doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0130. Retrieved December 15, 2010.[permanent dead link]
- 45.4 °F for 1971 through 2000 per U.S. Census Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine who cites "Normals 1971–2000". National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved March 25, 2007. or 44.6 °F (7.0 °C) per Fisk, Charles (March 3, 2007). "Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area Daily Climatological History of Temperature, Precipitation, and Snowfall, A Year-by-Year Graphical Portrayal (1820–present)". Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
- Data, US Climate. "Climate Saint Paul - Minnesota and Weather averages Saint Paul".
- "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". The Weather Channel. August 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- "St. Paul (city), Minnesota". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008.
- "Race and Hispanic or Latino: 2000". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014.
- "Race and Hispanic Origin for Selected Cities and Other Places: Earliest Census to 1990". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
- From 15% sample
- David A. Lanegran (2001). "From Swede Hollow to Arlington Hills, From Snoose Boulevard to Minnehaha Parkway: Swedish Neighborhoods of the Twin Cities" (PDF). Macalester College. Archived from the original (pdf) on July 24, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- "District 7: Thomas-Dale or Frogtown". Ramsey County Historical Society. 2005. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008.
- Tom Kenworthy (November 29, 2004). "Hmong get closer look since shootings". USA Today.
- "Hmong Resettlement Revisited". Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services. June 2004. Archived from the original on August 23, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2007.
- "Saint Paul Ethnic Population Growth". City of Saint Paul. Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
- Bianca Vazquez Toness (May 24, 2005). "Mexican consulate opens in June". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
- "Ramsey County, Minnesota". Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States, 2000. Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
- Gihring, Tim (April 2009). "Welcome to Paganistan". Minnesota Monthly. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- "Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject". Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. August 26, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2008. This data may not be directly reproducible via this link. BLS.gov, Select "27 Minnesota" and "33460 Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, MN-WI" and all subsectors.
- Orrick, Dave (July 28, 2008). "Downtown goal: Fill storefronts — at least for now". Pioneer Press. MediaNews Group. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- Johnson, Kim (August 20, 2008). "Business Journal names Best Places to Work". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved August 26, 2008.
- Abbe, Mary (July 21, 2008). "Same old struggles at the MMAA". Star Tribune. Chris Harte. p. 3. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
- Wyant, Carissa (August 14, 2008). "3M to cut hundreds of jobs in coming months". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved August 26, 2008.
- Moore, Janet (July 16, 2008). "St. Jude Medical's product sales appear recession-proof". Star Tribune. Chris Harte. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Locations". About St. Jude Medical. St. Jude Medical, Inc. 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Lock and Dam 1". St. Paul District. US Army Corps of Engineers. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
- Melo, Frederick. "With Ford plant gone, St. Paul leaders seek model development". twincities.com. Pioneer Press. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "Frederick Melo: You don't know TIF!". Twin Cities. 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- "History of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival". St Paul Winter Carnival. 2008.
- "Fort Snelling State Park". Minnesota DNR. 2006. Retrieved December 7, 2006.
- "Harry F. Schroeder, Jr. The Kid After Whom Charles M. Schulz Named His Beethoven-Loving Character in His "Peanuts" Cartoon". Delehanty - Sullivan - Kinsman - Schroeder Family History Workspace. 2006. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012.
- PRnewswire.co.uk, "Saint Paul kicks off encore to the successful 'Peanuts on Parade' summer art project"
- "John Vachon: A Register of His Papers in the Library of Congress". Prepared by Connie L. Cartledge. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. 2006. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
- "Ordway Center for the Performing Arts". Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. 2006. Retrieved December 7, 2006.
- Berryman, Don (April 21, 2004). "Artists' Quarter". Jazz Police. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- Gelhhar, Jenny (2007). "The Turf Club". Features. Saint Paul Almanac. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Three concerts". University of Chicago. 2008. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008.
- "Minnesota Centennial Showboat!". University of Minnesota. July 3, 2008.
- "Goldstein Museum of Design". College of Design. Regents of the University of Minnesota. 2008. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2008.
- "Hours, Parking, and Directions". Visitor Information. Minnesota Children's Museum. 2010. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
- Ong, Bao (July 31, 2006). "Carlson's legacy: Schubert Club: Thanks to him, once-tiny arts group attracts top artists to Twin Cities". Pioneer Press. Archived from the original (registration required) on December 31, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2008.
- "Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments". The Schubert Club. 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2008.
- Wyant, Carissa (July 26, 2008). "St. Paul art museum loses director; searches for new home". Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved July 25, 2008.
- Abbe, Mary (July 21, 2008). "Same old struggles at the MMAA". Star Tribune. Chris Harte. p. 1. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
- "St. Paul Culture:Museums". M.R. Danielson Advertising Associates. 2002. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2006.
- Schulman, Andrew. "St. Paul takes SI Sportstown Honors for the Land of 10,000 Lakes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
- Michael Farber (December 4, 2007). "In Search of... Hockeytown U.S.A". Sports Illustrated.
- "About Xcel Energy Center". Minnesota Twins. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
- "St. Paul Baseball History". St. Paul Saints. Archived from the original on July 17, 2006. Retrieved August 13, 2008.
- Sheldon, Mark (February 7, 2003). "Colored Gophers made history". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
- "About Us". St. Paul Twin Stars. Archived from the original on July 12, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
- "About the St. Paul Curling Club". Saint Paul Curling Club. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007.
- "Minnesota Boat Club". Retrieved August 28, 2008.
- Pioneer Press staff (June 19, 2012). "Tickets for Circus Juventas summer show announced". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- Ervin, Phil (May 19, 2015). "MLS fight won, Minnesota United still going through 'process' of financing facility".
- "mls-st-paul-expansion-united-fc-misses-deadline". bizjournals.com.
- "fast-facts". mnufc.com. Archived from the original on 2017-07-12.
- "look-minnesota-united-plays-first-mls-home-match-in-the-pouring-snow". cbssports.com.
- "mn-whitecaps-join-national-womens-hockey-league". kare11.com.
- "details-emerge-on-minnesota-whitecaps-upcoming-nwhl-season-schedule-air-travel-tria-rink-wild". theicegarden.com.
- "nwhl-schedule". nwhl.zone.
- "Professional Sports". Meet Minneapolis. 2011. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
- Quarstad, Brian (October 30, 2011). "NSC Minnesota Stars Win the 2011 NASL Championship".
.goal .com /en-us /news /6105 /north-american-soccer-league /2014 /06 /08 /4868343 /minnesota-united-crowned-2014-nasl-spring-champion
- "Description of Saint Paul's Form of Government". 2008 Mayor's Proposed Budget. City of Saint Paul. Archived from the original (pdf) on December 11, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
- "Sec. 2.01. Chief executive". Administrative Code. City of Saint Paul. Retrieved November 10, 2007.[dead link]
- "Sec. 4.01. Legislative power". Saint Paul City Charter. City of Saint Paul. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2007.
- "Sec. 2.01. Elective officials". Saint Paul City Charter. City of Saint Paul. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2007.
- "Sec. 4.01.2. Initial districts". Saint Paul City Charter. City of Saint Paul. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
- "Sec. 2.02. Terms". Saint Paul City Charter. City of Saint Paul. Archived from the original on February 17, 2003. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
- Eric J. Ostermeier. "Twin Cities Mayoral Historical Overview" (PDF). Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 25, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
- "Ramsey County Home Rule Charter". Ramsey County. 2008. Archived from the original on October 18, 2008.
- "Ramsey County Building Locations". Ramsey County. 2008. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008.
- "Minnesota Senate Maps & Data". Geographic Information Services. Minnesota State Legislature. 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- "Minnesota House Maps & Data". Geographic Information Services. Minnesota State Legislature. 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- El Nasser, Haya (April 11, 2004). "Most livable? Depends on your definition". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
- "Post-Secondary Schools". Minnesota Department of Education. 2005. Archived from the original on December 12, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
- Saint Paul Public Schools. "About Us". Archived from the original on June 4, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007.
- "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
- "Charter School Facts". MN Association of Charter Schools. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
- Minnesota Department of Education (2005). "Alphabetical List of Nonpublic Schools". Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. and "Charter Schools". 2005. Archived from the original on June 1, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007.
- "Library Locations". Saint Paul Public Library. 2010. Archived from the original on December 30, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
- Wyant, Carissa (November 5, 2007). "Report: Daily newspaper circulation falls over 2%".
- "Stations". Minnesota Public Radio. 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
- "Company Information". Minnesota Public Radio. 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
- "The Fitzgerald Theater". Minnesota Public Radio. 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
- "Bike-n-Ride by bus". Metro Transit. Archived from the original on August 20, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
- "Nice Ride Minnesota: Ambitious plans set for 2014 season". Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- Gill, N.S. "Skyways: Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul Skyways". About.com. About, Inc., The New York Times Company. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- Khoo, Michael (December 15, 2002). "The days of Jesse". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
- "Gov. Ventura Stumbles". New York Times. February 6, 1999. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
- L. Empson, Donald (2006). The Street Where You Live. University of Minnesota Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8166-4729-3.
- "Central Corridor next steps and timeline". Metropolitan Council. April 2, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
- Murphy, Esme. "Talking Points: Green Line Opening Hailed A Big Success".
- http://www.metrotransit.org/a-line-project A-Line
- "St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (MSP)". Amtrak. Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
- Sommerhauser, Mark (July 24, 2008). "Mayors claim more riders should spur more service on Amtrak line". The Winona Daily News. Lee Enterprises. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2008.
- Rhodes, Michael (2003). North American Railyards. Saint Paul, Minnesota: MBI Publishing Company. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7603-1578-1.
- Rhodes, Michael (2003). North American Railyards. Saint Paul, Minnesota: MBI Publishing Company. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-7603-1578-1.
- "History and Mission". Metropolitan Airports Commission. Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2007.
- "A History of Minneapolis: Air Transportation". Minneapolis Public Library (mpls.lib.mn.us). 2001. Archived from the original on December 9, 2006. Retrieved February 12, 2007.
- "Pilot Groups". Air Line Pilots Association. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- "St. Paul Downtown Airport". Metropolitan Airports Commission. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2007.
- "Saint Paul Sister Cities". Saint Paul Sister Cities. 2007. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
- "2014 Membership Directory". Sister Cities International. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "Sister Cities and States of Minnesota". Government of Minnesota. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
- Official website
- Official Tourism site – Visitor Information
- Architecture of St. Paul
- Saint Paul Almanac – Singular guidebook to Minnesota's capital city
- Twin Cities Calendar - Monthly list of concerts, fairs, and other St. Paul events.
- List of Saint Paul buildings, places and tours on Placeography
- Ramsey County and St. Paul Historical Society
- Lowertown: The Rise Of An Urban Village Documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television