Minneapolis turns 150: Leaders gather to … uh, hold a meeting

Actually, there will be a reception, too, according to a press release from Mayor R.T. Rybak’s office.
On July 20, 1858, the people of Minneapolis voted to become a town, though in those days we only needed five council members rather than today’s unwieldy 13. So Friday at 9:30 a.m., almost 150 years to the day, there’s a little celebration at City Hall.
(The State of Minnesota is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year as well, but this is a whole separate deal.)

According to the missive from hizzoner’s joint, some 40 past and present “Minneapolis elected officials are expected to gather for a group photo shoot in the City Hall rotunda prior to the Council meeting. At the special meeting, a plaster version of Minneapolis’ official City seal will be dedicated in the Council Chambers. Mayor R.T. Rybak will host a reception in the City Hall rotunda immediately following the meeting.”
The mind reels. Will Jackie Cherryhomes play nice with Natalie Johnson Lee? How many indicted former council members will show up? Will Barbara Carlson appear in her hot tub? Where has Sharon Sayles Belton been hiding, anyway?
Surely Friday’s event will answer at least some of those pressing questions.

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