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Centennial Celebration Highlights

By Susan Schoepke

Three-tiered white cake with maroon ribbon and gold The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) and its members celebrated 100 years of collaboration, dedication, hard work, public service, and innovation on June 19 at the Union Depot in St. Paul. LMC 2012-2013 President Betsy Hodges kicked off the event by leading everyone in a song of “Happy Birthday” to the League. The evening was a great celebration of all that Minnesotans can accomplish when we work together and of all the challenges the League and its member cities have worked together to conquer. Here are a few special moments from the night. For more photos from the event, as well as stories from our first 100 years, don’t forget to visit the League’s centennial blog at www.minnesotacities.blogspot.com. The evening began with everyone singing “Happy Birthday” to the League, and ended with this delicious birthday cake. Photo by Paul Lundquist

NearlyA long perspective shot of the audience at the Union Depot. 500 guests joined us for the celebration at St. Paul’s newly restored, historic Union Depot, just blocks from where LMC’s first annual meeting was held at the St. Paul Hotel in 1913. Photo by Paul Lundquist

LMCIGR staff are dressed in clothing from different eras, including a 90s windbreaker, a 50s poodle skirt, and a 20s flapper outfit. Intergovernmental Relations staff journeyed through the decades as they reviewed the highlights of the 2013 legislative session. Photo by Jen Lang

Minnesota’s own Garrison Keillor dropped by to tell Garrison Keillor, wearing a red tie and grey suit, holds a mic while telling a story.a few stories about growing up in Minnesota, and then tapped the crowd for ideas for “A Prairie Home Companion” and Lake Wobegon’s own Mayor Krebsbach. Photo by Paul Lundquist

Right, he chats with Mayor Dave BartholomayGarrison Keillor and an audience member interact at the Union Depot. of Circle Pines. Photo by Paul Lundquist

Local Improv actors gesture on stage.entertainers, The Theater of Public Policy, brought League history to life and kept the crowd entertained through interactive, improvisational comedy. Photo by Paul Lundquist


LMC’s People line up and serve themselves from chaffing dishes.Centennial Celebration marks 100 years of Minnesota cities working together to serve their communities … and, in return, attendees served themselves at this delicious buffet! Photo by Jen Lang

Group portrait of 400+ city officials standing in front of Union Depot.

Were you in this re-creation of the League’s original 1913 annual conference photo? Find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinnesotaCities and tag yourself! The League’s original 1913 group photo was taken just down the street from the Union Depot in Rice Park. We’ve outgrown that space in the last 100 years (the 1913 photo had 114 delegates, while we estimate there are about 400 of you in this photo), but the space has also grown (the tiny trees in the 1913 photo now tower above the park). To see the 1913 photo, visit http://bit.ly/14iJZLg. Photo by Paul Lundquist

Susan Schoepke is marketing manager with the League of Minnesota Cities. Contact: sschoepke@lmc.org or (651) 215-4035.

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