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St. Paul vs. Minneapolis snowball fight ... it's on

Mayor Melvin Carter threw down the gauntlet to Mayor Jacob Frey.
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We've had the Rumble in the Jungle, and the Thrilla in Manila, now get ready for the Throwdown in the Snowdown.

Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rivalry as great as any in the sporting world, and this Sunday these rivals will clash at the battleground that is St. Paul's McMurray Fields.

The game? Snowballs. The competitors? The elected members of both the St. Paul and Minneapolis city councils.

The titanic tussle was arranged after the gauntlet was thrown down by St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who was surrounded by his cabal of snowball-wielding city councilors.

"If you choose to accept this challenge, assemble your crew," said Ward 2 Councilmember Rebecca Noecker. "We'll be outside, in the Bold North."

Cue a response from Mayor Jacob Frey, who appeared in Wednesday's snowstorm, sitting in a mini-snow throne wearing a shirt and tie, while reading a copy of Will Steger's "Crossing Antarctica."

"Yeah, we'll see you there," was his brief, shade-throwing reply.

The battle commences at 1 p.m. Sunday, at the McMurray Fields, where we'll finally find out which of Minneapolis and St. Paul is the best city ... at snowball fights.

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