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President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Twin Cities on Monday, April 15, according to a GOP official who wished to remain anonymous because details are still being finalized. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a “ VIP Movement Notification ” for Minneapolis for Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tens of thousands of college basketball fans trekked to Minnesota this past weekend for the NCAA Men’s Final Four, taking in the sights and sounds of the Twin Cities before they got a front-row seat to sports history. The weekend was filled with festivities in Minneapolis — open practices at U.S. Bank Stadium, free concerts at the Armory and on Nicollet Mall, an interactive sports playground dubbed “Fan Fest” inside the Minneapolis Convention Center and more.
MINNEAPOLIS -- How do you turn a football stadium into a basketball arena? You take it one piece at a time. About two dozen workers laid slabs of hard maple timber — harvested from northern Wisconsin — down in U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday until the court came together like a puzzle. The endeavor, which spanned several hours, set the stage for the nation’s four best college basketball teams. They will square off at next weekend’s Final Four.
In the first stop of her presidential campaign, Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar went where Hillary Clinton came up short: Wisconsin. More than 300 people packed into a coffee bar and bicycle repair shop in Eau Claire to hear from the self-proclaimed “senator next door.” The importance of Wisconsin was not lost on Klobuchar, who told the crowd she will campaign in places that Democrats “didn’t focus on enough in the last few years.” Clinton chose to not visit Wisconsin during the fall 2016 general election and ended up losing it by less than one point.
ST. PAUL -- Emboldened by solid gains on election night, Minnesota Democrats plan to push hard for stricter gun laws at the Capitol this year. Expanding criminal background checks for sales and creating “red flag” protective orders will be near the top of their agenda when they take control of the House on Jan. 8. Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz, a gun owner once backed by the National Rifle Association also supports the proposals. A Republican-led Senate, though, could stand in the way.
ST. PAUL — In front of a packed room at the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul, Fred Amram reclaimed a part of his identity that he thought he would never get back: his German citizenship. Amram was just 2 years old when the Nazi Party passed the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which stripped him and other German Jews of their citizenship. He and his parents later fled to the United States and became American citizens.
ST. PAUL — With Super Bowl LII less than four weeks away, Twin Cities businesses seek to use the country's biggest sporting event to market their brands to a national audience. Super Bowl LII is expected to generate more than $400 million in new spending when it comes to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4. — a windfall many businesses hope to cash in on. "We're going to see a very hefty economic impact and increase over typical years," said Pete Zellmer, director of sales and marketing for the St. Paul Hotel.