Foondit naur historic Native American settlements as a tradin an transportation centre, the ceety rase tae prominence whan it wis named the caipital o the Minnesota Territory in 1849. Awbeit Minneapolis is mair naitionally recognised, Saint Paul conteens important institutions an the state's poleetical activity. Regionally, the ceety is faur ben for the Xcel Energy Center, hame o the Minnesota Wild, an for the Science Museum o Minnesota. As a business hub o the Upper Midwast, it is heidquarters for companies sic as Ecolab an Lawson Software. Saint Paul, alang wi its Twin Ceety, Minneapolis, is kent for its heich literacy rate. It is the anerlie ceety in the US wi a population o 250,000 or mair tae increase the circulation nummer o Sunday newspapers in 2007.