The Mary Tyler Moore statue is back on Nicollet Mall for now

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 (Photo: Lindyi, Flickr)

(Photo: Lindyi, Flickr)

Minneapolis' iconic statue of Mary Tyler Moore will come out of hiding and return to Nicollet Mall.

Moore's distinctive, hat-tossing figure disappeared and was put in storage as a necessity during the multi-million dollar reconstruction of downtown Minneapolis' flagship thoroughfare.

But Meet Minneapolis announced Tuesday the statue will be back on the mall in its temporary new home at the Minneapolis Visitor Information center – which has its ceremonial grand opening this upcoming Monday.

"There was a lot of interest and concern about where ‘Mary’ had gone. It became clear to all of us how important the statue is to the visitors and residents of Minneapolis," said Melvin Tennant, CEO of Meet Minneapolis, in an email press release.

"We worked with the owners at TV Land to loan the statue to Minneapolis Visitor Information so the public will be able to visit and take photos with it again until Nicollet Mall reconstruction is completed," he added.

There were some suggestions that the statue – which commemorates the critically-acclaimed, Minnesota-set 1970s television comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" – wouldn't make a return to its previous home outside the Macy's building as there was no guarantee the statue would fit into the street's updated aesthetic.

But Meet Minneapolis says the plans are for the statue to move back onto the mall "at a later date," and in the meantime fans can get their Mary Tyler fix at the visitor center, which will be offering special discounts and activities next week to mark its Grand Opening.

The Business Journal notes the 5,000-square-foot information center has actually been open since Oct. 12, selling merchandise and artwork promoting Minneapolis and its sports teams.

It's located at 505 Nicollet Mall, part of the Centerpoint Energy building.

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