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Obama to speak Wednesday at Union Depot in St. Paul

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When President Barack Obama comes to the Twin Cities on Wednesday, he'll make a stop at Union Depot in St. Paul to discuss transportation and transit issues, a source confirmed Saturday to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Union Depot, which reopened in late 2012 after a $274 million refurbishing, will serve as a hub for Amtrak passenger-rail service; buses from Megabus, Jefferson Lines and Metro Transit; and the Green Line light rail.

St. Paul civic leaders are hoping the building, which was built in 1923 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, will help revitalize the city's downtown, the Pioneer Press reports.

The federal government helped pay for the depot's renovation, directing $124.3 million in transit and stimulus funds to the project, the Star Tribune reports.

The last time Obama visited the Twin Cities, in February 2013, he was trying to drum up support for tightening the nation's gun laws in the wake of the the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Vice President Joe Biden made a stop in Minneapolis on Feb. 19 for a private fundraiser at the Bachelor Farmer restaurant. Biden also attended Joan Mondale's memorial service on Feb. 8.

Obama’s appearance comes at a time when his popularity among Minnesotans seems to have faded. In a recent Star Tribune poll 43 percent of respondents approved of the president’s job performance. Obama carried Minnesota in both of his presidential elections and The Hill notes it’s the first time a poll has shown him with a negative approval rating in the state.

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