Getting Started after Moving to the Twin Cities

Here are a few essentials to tackle before settling in

For Starters

Let There Be Light

Xcel Energy is the state’s source for electricity. Call 800-895-4999 or visit their website.

Heat Waves

For natural gas hookup and repairs, call CenterPoint Energy at 800-245-2377 or visit their website.

Stay Connected

Contact CenturyLink to set up phone, internet and TV at 866-963-6665 or online. Comcast is another popular option for phone, internet, TV and home security, and you can reach them at 800-934-6489 or online.

For internet, contact EarthLink (866-383-3080). If you’re on the west side of the metro, consider contacting USI Wireless at 952-253-3262 for fiber-optic internet.

For more television options, contact DIRECTV (888-777-2454) or Dish Network (855-978-9248).

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Republic Services and Waste Management are two of the largest trash and recycling collectors in the Twin Cities. Visit their websites to find customer service nearest you, or check local listings for other providers in your area. For information on recycling guidelines and drop-off locations, check the Minneapolis and St. Paul municipal websites.

Register to Vote

Register to vote and find your polling place on the Minnesota state government‘s website. You can also register when you apply for a Minnesota driver’s license or at your polling place on election day.

Finding Your Way

By Car

To apply for a Minnesota driver’s license, head to your local DMV. To find the nearest location, visit their website.

By Bus

Bus routes cover the Twin Cities and its suburbs. Fares range from $2 to $3.25 for adults with rides in the downtown zone costing 50 cents. Daily, monthly and stored value passes are available. Contact Metro Transit at 612-373-3333 or online.

By Light Rail

The Metro Blue Line runs from downtown Minneapolis to Mall of America, while the Metro Green Line runs from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. Fares range from $2 to $2.50 with rides in the downtown zones costing 50 cents. Contact Metro Transit at 612-373-3333 or online.

Read All About It

Extra, Extra!

There are two competing newspapers in the Twin Cities: the Minneapolis Star Tribune (612-673-4000) and the St. Paul Pioneer Press (651-717-7377). Find the free alternative weekly newspaper City Pages at hundreds of locations around the cities.

Tune In

PBS (channel 2), CBS (channel 4), ABC (channel 5), FOX (channel 9), NBC (channel 11), The CW (channel 23) and KSTP (channel 45).

On the Dial

Minnesota Public Radio offers news on KNOW 91.1 FM, classical music on KSJN 99.5 FM and a wide playlist on The Current 89.3 FM. You can also dial up news on WCCO 830 AM, news and sports (Minnesota or otherwise) on ESPN 1500 AM, and sports radio on KFAN 100.3 FM. Other options include popular music and light alternative tunes on ALT 93.3 FM, Cities 97.1 FM and KS95 94.5 FM; top 40 on KDWB 101.3 FM; alternative music on Go 96.3 FM; modern hip hop on Go 95.3 FM; classic hip hop on The Vibe 105.1; hard rock on 93X 93.7 FM; classic rock on 92 KQRS 92.5 FM; oldies on KOOL 108 107.9 FM; and country on K102 102.1 FM and BUZ’N 102.9 FM.