Falcon Heights, Minnesota

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Falcon Heights is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,572 at the 2000 census. It became a village in 1949 and a city in 1973.[3]

Falcon Heights is the home of the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus and golf course, part of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life.

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Education

Falcon Heights is served by the Roseville Area School District. Falcon Heights Elementary is the only school within the city boundary.

Due to the location of the university in the city, Falcon Heights is the 65th best educated city in the United States and the best educated in Minnesota. 70.3% of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher; 38.1% have a graduate or professional degree.[4]

History

On September 2, 1901 then-Vice President Theodore Roosevelt first used the African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Roosevelt became president just two weeks later, upon the assassination of William McKinley, and built the phrase into his concept of Big Stick Diplomacy.[5]

Culture

The 2001 film Sugar & Spice was partially filmed in Falcon Heights.[6]

A small portion of the 1996 film Jingle All the Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was filmed at Falcon Heights Elementary.[7] The Peanuts comic strip and TV specials are also set in the school.[citation needed]

When the Minnesota Vikings played the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 NFC Championship game Falcon Heights briefly changed its name to Viking Heights.[citation needed]

There are also many parks around the Falcon Heights area. Falcon Heights Community park and Curtiss Field have recreational sports in the summer for kids and provide an ice rink and warming house in the winter. The community park also features a soccer field and a fitness course. Falcon Heights Elementary features a park as well with two playgrounds, one of them newly made in 2006. There also many basketball hoops as well as a large grassy area simply known as "the Field". In the winter the Elementary school also has ice rinks and a warming house. One other officially recognized park is Grove Park which is located in an area known as "University Grove". This is because it is located a few blocks away from the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Grove Park has a temporary warming house and ice rink in the winter.[8]

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