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Minneapolis is a marvelous city, ...

... filled with lakes, parks, bike/walking paths, museums, theatre, Twins MLB, and myriad ethnic restaurants, all within reach of our downtown hotel.

Old, Mill, Stream: In particular, St. Anthony Falls and the surrounding area along the Mississippi riverfront marks the oldest section of Minneapolis, where in the 19th century, the falls provided the hydro power to turn Minneapolis into the largest milling center in the USA. There are still elements of the old city visible, including the falls, a beautiful stone arch (now for walking) bridge that crosses the river and a great museum that focuses on the milling origins of Minneapolis: http://www.millcitymuseum.org

Theater: Located in the same neighborhood is the Guthrie Theater, rated as one of the top regional theaters in the US. Whether or not you attend a performance Stage scheduled during our reunion, the theater itself is worth a visit; its 178 juts out over the Mississippi river and gives spectacular views of the riverfront area and the city. http://www.guthrietheater.org/

Art: The Walker Art Center ranks among the five best for modern art, with a large and multidisciplinary permanent collection, featuring contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits and programs http://www.walkerart.org/. The adjacent Sculpture Garden is an 11-acre park, featuring 40 permanent art installations http://www.walkerart.org/garden/.

Art (more): The Minneapolis Institute of Art has a wonderful collection that features the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe through paintings, drawings, sculptures, the decorative arts, textiles and photography. http://new.artsmia.org/

Art (still more): Several other museums are well worth a visit too. Perched on a bluff across the river and located on the University of Minnesota campus is the Weisman Art Museum. Its massive collections are largely dedicated to modern art, and the building itself, with its stainless steel skin, is a work of art. Guided tours can be arranged. http://www.weisman.umn.edu/

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Walk & Bike: Minneapolis is a walking and biking friendly city, recently ranked the best in the nation. In the city center Nicollet Avenue, the major shopping street, is pedestrian only, and many city streets have dedicated bike lanes. In addition, the nearby city lakes, easily accessible by bike, car, or taxi, are ringed with scenic biking and walking paths. http://www.minneapolisparks.org/grandrounds/map_CL1.htm

Walk & Bike (more): The Greenway, a major biking and walking thoroughfare, built on a former railroad bed, begins at the Mississippi River and heads west through the city, connecting to other trails out into the suburbs and beyond, with several branch trails that angle south to the scenic Minnesota River valley or west (25 miles) to Lake Minnetonka. The Greenway and connecting trails are well maintained and are asphalt surfaced. http://midtowngreenway.org/ Inexpensive bike rental is available at multiple Minneapolis sites. https://www.niceridemn.org/

Eat!! Minneapolis is a haven for ethnic restaurants, with many African, Asian and European choices available. The site below is meant to just pique your interest. http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/29/2818/Twin-Cities/Eat-Street-restaurants

Program planning is ongoing, and an interesting and varied program focusing on education is taking shape with presentations by local scholars, experts and others with current initiatives in East Africa.

Planning Committee Chairs: Linda Donaldson donaldsonlinda1@gmail.com, Sharon Bigot aebskfb@comcast.net, Ann Dickinson paadickinson@gmail.com.
Members: Carol Heath, Faye and David Herold, Dennis Lebakken, Larry Olds, David Sandgren, Joel A. Watne

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