Mayor Rybak: “This Ain’t ‘Mary Tyler Moore’-Ville Any More”

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak welcomed guests to Netrooots Nation 2011 last night. In his speech to Netroots guests, Rybak noted that Minneapolis “ain’t Mary Tyler Moore-ville any more” in a reference to the 1970s sitcom set in Minneapolis. Specifically, he noted Minneapolis’ large and expanding immigrant populations and the city’s friendliness to biking, hotel accommodations, and the GLBT population. He ended his speech with a rousing compliment towards Minneapolis’ export industry,” saying, “We take all the crazy politicians we have and we send them to the rest of the country. Welcome Michelle Bachman, welcome Tim Pawlenty. We keep the good ones here and home.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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