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Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Paul is the capital of, and second-largest city in, the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the population is 287,151. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. St. Paul and the adjacent city of Minneapolis form the core of the area known as the Twin Cities. The city is located just south of 45 degrees north latitude (the suburb of Roseville has a marker near an obscure intersection identifying the exact location of the 45th parallel).

Areas of interest include the Science Museum of Minnesota (http://www.smm.org), the State Capitol building, and the city's Civic Center. Refer to the City's website (http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/) for additional information. It is also home to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team, and the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League team.

Nearby attractions include the Mississippi River, the Mall of America, and the Minnesota State Fair (http://www.mnstatefair.org/). The latter occurs in the two weeks prior to and including Labor Day weekend, and takes place just north of Saint Paul in the suburb of Falcon Heights, also home to the misnamed "Saint Paul Campus" of the University of Minnesota (Univ./MN's website (http://www.umn.edu)). The Cathedral of Saint Paul (http://www.archspm.org/) is home to the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and numerous other religious organizations exist in the metropolitan area.

Saint Paul is the birthplace of renowned author, F Scott Fitzgerald.

Major corporations headquartered in the Saint Paul area include 3M, source of products such as Scotch-Tape™, Thinsulate™ and Post-It™ notes; the Saint Paul Companies (http://www.stpaul.com/wwwstpaul/), a major insurance firm.

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