The re-elected mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis start the new year and their new terms today, with inaugurations in both cities.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak — along with all 13 Minneapolis City Council members — will be sworn in at a 9:30 a.m. ceremony in the City Hall rotunda. Then at 10:30 a.m., the council members will meet to organize and pick a president.
Rybak will get right back to work in running the city while continuing his run for governor.
In St. Paul, Chris Coleman’s inauguration comes later in the day, at 4:30 p.m., in a more celebratory occasion at the downtown Union Depot. There’s a big after-party at 5:30 p.m., with an inaugural poem, food and a cash bar, and lots of local music.
Coleman’s is starting his second term. For much of last year, he was expected to seek the DFL nomination for governor, like his counterpart in Minneapolis. But unlike Rybak, Coleman dropped out of the governor’s race before the November election.
Coleman is grieving the death of his stepmother, Deborah Howell, the former Pioneer Press editor who was killed Friday when she was hit by a car while visiting New Zealand.