Here are a few essentials to tackle before settling in.

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For Starters

Let There Be Light: Xcel Energy is the state’s source for electricity. Call 800-895-4999 or visit

Heat Waves: For natural gas hookup and repairs, call CenterPoint Energy at 800-245-2377 or visit

Stay Connected: Contact CenturyLink to set up phone, Internet and TV at 877-720-3428 or visit Alternatively, contact Comcast at 800-934-6489 or

For Internet, contact EarthLink (877-355-1501, USI Wireless serves the west side of the metro and provides fiber-optic Internet to a select amount of homes. Contact them at 952-253-3262 or visit

For more television options, contact DIRECTV (888-777-2454, or Dish Network (855-400-2285,

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, visit

Register to Vote: You can register to vote and find your polling place at You can also register when you apply for a Minnesota driver’s license or at your polling place on the day of an election.

Finding Your Way

By Car: To apply for a Minnesota driver’s license, head to your local DMV. Visit to find the location nearest you.

By Bus: Bus routes cover the Twin Cities and its suburbs. Fares range from $1.75 to $3 with rides in the downtown zone costing 50 cents. Daily, monthly and stored value passes available. Contact Metro Transit at 612-373-3333 or visit

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 $1.75 to $2.25 with rides in the downtown zones costing 50 cents. Contact Metro Transit at 612-373-3333 or visit

Read All About It

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

Tune In: NBC (channel 11), ABC (channel 5), CBS (channel 4), FOX (channel 9), The CW (channel 23) and PBS (channel 2).

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 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; modern music on Go 96.3 FM; 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.


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