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Mary Tyler Moore Statue Returns to Temporary Location Downtown Mpls.

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January 25, 2017 12:40 PM

After much interest in where the Mary Tyler Moore statue had gone this summer, city officials have found a new, temporary location for her.

The statue will take up temporary residence at the Minneapolis Visitor Information center on Nicollet Mall downtown Minneapolis.

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The bronze, hat-tossing sculpture of Moore, the star of the 1970s sitcom, was removed with other public art along Nicollet Mall this summer during the street's $50 million renovation. It was placed in a storage facility.

“It became clear to all of us how important the statue is to the visitors and residents of Minneapolis,” Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, said after the statue’s removal. “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 the Nicollet Mall reconstruction is completed.”

The renovation is expected to be completed in 2017, at which point the statue will be returned to the street.

The "Mary Tyler Moore Show" was set in Minneapolis, where Moore played a local TV news producer.

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