See Top Aerial Views of the Twin Cities

Minneapolis: Super Bowl LII Host
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Flour Mills to Super Bowl LII: An Aerial History of Minneapolis

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Minneapolis, Minnesota is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the American Midwest.  It's also the hometown of AirVuz, which produced this brief history of the city told largely with drone footage.  The video tells the story of the city's origins as a flour milling center on the Mississippi River to its growth as a large corporate center to its most recent transformation, which has been driven in large part by the construction of  numerous world-class sports venues in and around the downtown area.

Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade
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Twin Cities Pride Parade

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Each June Minneapolis, MN celebrates Gay Pride. What began as a 50-person protest march down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis in the early 1970's has grown to a weekend-long celebration capped off with a parade attended by over 300,000 people, testament to the fact that the Twin Cities is home to one of the (proportionately) largest gay population in the USA. AirVūz is headquartered in Minneapolis and is proud to be a part of this vibrant community.

The Stone Arch Bridge
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Minneapolis Skyline & Stone Arch Bridge

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The Stone Arch Bridge crosses the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls, the historic heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was built by railwayman James J. Hill in the late 1800's to provide transportation for the flour milling industry which turned Minneapolis into the USA's fastest growing city during its Gilded Age.  Now it's a footbridge, providing the best views of the Falls and downtown.  See the Stone Arch from above in this drone video by contributor Gianlo.  

Living in Downtown Minneapolis
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Architecture of Minneapolis

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Minneapolis, Minnesota has seen a multi-decade building boom in the downtown and adjoining areas which has greatly expanded the number of people who live in the central city.  Whereas the downtown district's workers were once almost entirely commuters, nowadays thousands of people live close enough to downtown where they can bike or easily walk to work. Contributor Skycandy Studios gives us an aerial tour of some of the newest architecture of Minneapolis. 

Basilica Block Party
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Basilica Block Party 2018 - The Aerial Experience

Basilica Block Party

The Basilica Block Party began as a single two day music festival to benefit the Basilica of St. Mary, which sits on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis.  The Block Party is now an annual event featuring dozens of musical acts attended by tens of thousands.  Since 2017, AirVuz has served as an official media partner of the Block Party, enabling it to create amazing videos of the event which combine drone and ground footage of the center city at the height of its summer splendor.

Minnesota State Fair
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Minnesota State Fair 2017

Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is held annually in late August through Labor Day weekend in an area of St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Fair is known as the Great Minnesota Get Together and is one of the largest such gatherings in the country.  In 2017, AirVuz collaborated with the Fair to provide drone coverage for the first time.  Using fully licensed operators, AirVuz created a series of videos showing the Fair and different events occuring there, from an aerial perspective.  

Minnesota's Stadiums
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Aerial Vūz of Minnesota's Stadiums

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The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul are home to a plethora of major professional and collegiate sports teams.   Since the mid-2000's, the area has seen a number of massive new stadiums constructed to host these teams, including Target Field, US Bank Stadium, and TCF Stadium, as well as a full renovation of 1990's era Target Center.  AirVūz created this video reel to showcase the aerial videography work it has done with a number of these teams and sports venues.

Windsurfing Lake Calhoun
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It's a little known fact that modern windsurfing emerged from a spot nowhere near an ocean: Alexandria, Minnesota to be exact.  The Land of 10,000 Lakes, as the state is known, is home to some of the best recreational lakes in the USA.  In the city of Minneapolis, where power boats are prohibited, windsurfing has emerged as one of the key on-water activities on the largest of these lakes, Lake Bde Maka Sa, formerly known as Lake Calhoun.  Here, Brianthron captures this vibrant windsurfing scene.

Uptown Food Truck Festival
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Uptown Food Truck Festival Minnesota 2017

Uptown Food Truck Fesitval

In Minnesota, in the northern USA, the short summer months are packed with outdoor festivals.  One of them is the Uptown Food Truck Festival in Minneapolis.  Based in the city's trendy Uptown neighborhood, a gentrified area south of the downtown area, the festival features hundreds of food trucks, live music, food, and plenty of beer.  Using FAA licensed drone operators, AirVuz collaborated with the organizer to create this aerial highlight reel of the event.  

Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul
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A tribute to Minnesota's beer history


AirVuz's own Tylerjmason created this drone video of a beer factory in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The original factory was built in the 1850's (before Minnesota had even achieved statehood) and it became the Schmidt Brewing Company at the turn of the century.  In those days, the beer industry was highly regional, and states like Minnesota with large German populations inevitably became home to numerous regional brewers.  This factory ceased production in the early 2000's.

Droning America: St. Paul
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Droning America: St. Paul, MN

Droning America

St. Paul, Minnesota lies east of Minneapolis, just a few km/mi downstream on the Mississippi River.  Older than Minneapolis, St. Paul was surpassed in population by the newer city late in the 19th century.  In this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz meets up with AirVūz contributor Mike Welsh from Sky Candy Studios. Using a DJI Inspire drone, they explore Grand Avenue, Lowertown, Rice Park, Xcel Energy Center, and other spots in this Midwestern river city.  

Droning America: Minneapolis
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Droning America: Minneapolis, MN

Droning America

On this episode of Droning America, host Angie Avestruz teams up with local sportscaster Eric Perkins in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Together they give us aerial views and commentary on some of the most well known sites in this city on the Mississippi River, which is also the hometown of AirVuz.  The show includes shots of sports venues Target Field, Target Center, and US Bank Stadium (home of Super Bowl LII); the Stone Arch Bridge; the Guthrie Theater; the Uptown area; and more.  


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Drone tribute to Prince