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Mall of America

Neither of us are shoppers, but thought we’d check out the 2nd largest mall in the US.

We took the light rail from downtown for only $1.75 during non peak times, $2.25 during peak times. Took around 45 minutes to get there.

One of the many features in the Mall of America is an indoor amusement park for kids.

There were tons of people there.  Lots of shopping bags being carried. The place is huge…3 floors with the food court on the 4th floor.  It’s so big, some stores have 2 or 3 locations.

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Minnesota Wild Hockey Club

Earlier today I wrote a post on the wimpy U of Minneapolis team mascot Goldy Gopher.

However, the same city [Minneapolis] is the home of the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club which is a professional ice hockey team.

What is the logo?  Per Wikipedia:

The multi-functional primary logo of the “Wild Animal” has been met with both praise and criticism. The logo is an optical illusion that depicts both an environmental landscape and the silhouette of a wild animal.

The questions surrounding the identity of the animal depicted, has sparked debate amongst logo enthusiasts, earning it recognition as one of the best logos in sport according to The Good Point. Some feel as though the form of the animal on the logo is that of a wild cat, while the majority view it to be a bear.

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Goldy Gopher

Goldy Gopher is the mascot for the U of Minnesota’s sports teams. Gophers? How tough is that? The Fighting Gophers? The Wild Gophers? The Flying Gophers?  NO…Goldy Gopher.

What a wimpy name, and to prove it, I just read about Rodent Rage: Prof Punches Gopher Mascot“ from this past March.  Yes, a 60 year old math professor took out the mascot.

Goldy Gopher got a sucker punch smack in the nose above his heartwarming bucktoothed grin.

An annoyed fan [a U of St. Thomas math professor and U of Minnesota alum] socked the fuzzy mascot after tiring of his antics during a men’s gymnastics meet.

The professor said he was trying to watch the gymnastics competition when Goldy sat behind him and teased him for several minutes.

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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11 acre park near downtown Minneapolis. It is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the US.

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Capitol Building of Minnesota

We were there on a Sunday, and unfortunately, the building was closed.

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Rice Park – St. Paul, MN

In honor of Charles Schultz…Peanuts cartoonist, there are some sculptures in this park.

The park is also “home” to a lot of street people.

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Cathedral of St Paul

View from the Capitol:

The stunning and massive cathedral sits on Cathedral Hill within site of the capitol and overlooking downtown St. Paul. It features a distinctive copper dome.

In 1915, Archbishop John Ireland wanted to build a “great cathedral” on the highest point in downtown St. Paul. He also supposedly ordered builders to make the spire one foot higher than the nearby Capitol, gaining a symbolic edge in the “church vs. State” contest. It took more than 50 years to complete.

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Minnesota Twins Baseball Statues

All over downtown Minneapolis there are sculptures/statues inspired by the likeness of American League MVP Joe Mauer, which follow the history of Twins baseball.

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Ode to Mary Tyler Moore – Minneapolis

If you’re a woman over 45, you can’t be in Minneapolis without thinking of Mary Tyler Moore and her throwing her hat in the air.  There is now a statue to commemorate this “event”, located downtown at 8th St South & Nicollet.

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Bike Storage in Minneapolis

Check out these bike storage containers!

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