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Private tour guide James

James D.

Grant, Minnesota, United States

Welcome to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St.

Paul. I was born and raised here, and I would be delighted to show you around.

For decades, I have been giving tours to friends and colleagues that explore various parts and attributes of the two cities. Depending on the tour, the season, and your interest, we can travel by foot, bike, canoe, and/or car.

You can choose from one of the listed tours, or you and I can create a custom-tailored tour to meet your interests and needs. Though the listed tours are scheduled to last from two hours to half a day, we can plan longer or shorter tours. Even if you have only one hour, we can still see lots of memorable sites and features in either city.

I welcome individuals and groups of up to six people, and I can easily accommodate children as well as senior citizens.

Being raised in Minnesota, I swam and sailed in the summer, camped and hunted in the fall, skated and skied in the winter, and canoed and fished in the spring.

Like most Minnesotans, I view my state with an odd combination of both pride and self-deprecation. For instance, the use of #Boldnorth when we hosted this year's Super Bowl reflects great pride of place combined with a stoic and resigned acceptance of our winter weather.

So the question is: how does an area with a forbidding climate consistently score at or near the top of quality-of-living rankings (high rates of graduation, employment, and home ownership; low rates of poverty, crime, and incarceration; high quality of health care, parks, and bike trails; good business climate; open and fair government; etc. )? Regardless of the tour you take with me, you will probably conclude that the answer has to do with the people -- while we really like it here, we're not afraid to try to improve it.

Credentials

- I am a native Minnesotan.

- Other than twelve years (1970-82: college, military, law school, and a clerkship), I have always lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

- Education: Yale University, B. A. , 1974; University of Virginia, J. D. , 1981.

- Military service: United States Marine Corps, infantry officer (Army Ranger School and Airborne School), 1975-77.

- Legal career: commercial litigation (1981-2016); now of counsel with Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

- Co-founder and three-time board chair of The Advocates for Human Rights.

- Served on many nonprofit boards dealing with social policy and the environment.

- Now serve on the boards of Cantus (professional men's a cappella vocal group) and the St. Croix River Association.

- Have tutored inner-city students and advised/counseled ex-offenders.

- Local advisor of US Global Leadership Coalition, bi-partian group that lobbies for foreign aid.

- Have taught in many classrooms on legal, human rights, and environmental topics.

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Private tour guide James

The Mississippi River and the Twin Cities

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Following the river through the cities reveals the area's geology,,...

300 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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Minneapolis Skyways and Byways

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A walking tour of the city's architecture and public art

250 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

1 hour 30 min.

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Minneapolis "Grand Rounds National Scenic,...

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See Minneapolis' award winning parks and famous city lakes along the,...

250 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Why is Minneapolis called the "City of,...

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Bike tour of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes

250 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours

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Bike tour of Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Spinning down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to St. Paul and,...

250 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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