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BEST LINE IN MAYOR SHARON SAYLES BELTON'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS Minneapolis 2000 -

Maybe to you February 10 was just another day in the chilly city. But for City Pages it was the time to hear Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton deliver her seventh State of the City address at Plymouth Congregational Church in south Minneapolis! Only 9 of 13 council members made it--fairly weak attendance for elected officials, we thought! As the youth choir sang to kick things off, we counted no less than 17 ferns onstage! Later, sifting through the scripted copy of the speech, we counted no less than 53(!) exclamation points! in the mayor's prepared remarks. Over the course of her voluble--some would say interminable, if not butt-burning--remarks, the mayor paid lip service to every city department, policy, and service you could think of. She never said, "We built this city on rock and roll," but she came (kinda) close in a slight detour off the script. Noting that Tina Turner would be opening her latest world tour in Minneapolis, Sayles Belton riffed, "As a dedication to Tina Turner, I want you to know that we are rolling on the Minneapolis riverfront...Riverfront housing development is so hot, it is sizzling just like Tina Turner!"

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