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It's St. Paul vs. Minneapolis in tug-of-war -- into the river -- for charity

Saint Paul Pioneer Press - 9/7/2018

Sept. 07--Minneapolis and St. Paul officials and organizations will try to pull each other into the Mississippi River -- for charity -- during a tug-of-war competition on Saturday.

The second annual "Pulling Together" event, organized by local CBS affiliate WCCO, will start at noon at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul. Proceeds will benefit Fraser, Minnesota's largest provider of autism and early-childhood mental health services.

More than $72,000 had been raised for the event as of Thursday morning, with Team Minneapolis raising $42,819 and Team St. Paul raising $29,659. Both teams have set fundraising goals of $125,000.

* Donations to Team Minneapolis can be made here, or by texting PULLMPLS to 50155.

* Donations to Team St. Paul can be made here, or by texting PULLSTPAUL to 50155.

Last year, Team Minneapolis pulled Team St. Paul into the river. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will square off at noon on Saturday with the help of their respective fire departments, followed by nine other battles featuring local organizations and military members.

"Pulling Together" is free and open to the public. For details on parking, donating, directions to Hidden Falls Regional Park and other questions, go online to

Gates open at 10:30 a.m., weigh-ins will be held at 11 a.m. and the tug-of-war matchups will begin at noon.



Here's the full schedule of Team Minneapolis vs. Team St. Paul competitions:

* 12:00 p.m. -- Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis Fire Department vs. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and the St. Paul Fire Department

* 12:15 p.m. -- WCCO News Radio 830 vs. St. Paul Saints

* 12:30 p.m. -- Surly Brewing Co. vs. Bad Weather Brewery

* 12:45 p.m. -- United States Marines (Team Minneapolis) vs. Minnesota Wild (Team St. Paul)

* 1 p.m. -- WCCO PM Team (Team Minneapolis) vs. WCCO AM Team (Team St. Paul)

* 1:45 p.m. -- Central Roofing West (Team Minneapolis) vs. Central Roofing East (Team St. Paul)

* 2 p.m. -- United States Army (Team Minneapolis) vs. United States Navy (Team St. Paul)

* 2:15 p.m. -- Gardner Builders (Team Minneapolis) vs. Casper's and Runyan's Nook (Team St. Paul)

* 2:30 p.m. -- Minneapolis Aquatennial vs. St. Paul Winter Carnival

* 2:45 p.m. -- Minnesota Vixen (Team Minneapolis) vs. Minnesota Roller Girls (Team St. Paul)


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