Optimism Prevails as OccupyMN Opens in Minneapolis By Bill Sorem | October 7, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs Click on Photo to View OccupyMN Video Click on Photo to View OccupyMN Video Approximately 500 activists showed up at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza Friday morning for the beginning of OccupyMN — which is happening simultaneously with “Occupy Wall Street” protests nationwide. Ages in Minneapolis ranged from 6 months to 92 years — most from the metropolitan Twin Cities area. Some were curious and apprehensive, others were motivated and expectant. The training begins at 3 p.m., a welcoming celebration is at 5, and the General Assembly convenes at 7. Quiet hour starts at 11 p.m. A few sleeping bags were visible, though overnight sleeping on the plaza is still uncertain. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.