St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman will kick off the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association’s 1999-2000 First Friday Club series of luncheon speakers at noon Friday, Oct. 1, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 35 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis.

Coleman’s topic should come as no surprise: “Pursuing a Minnesota Twins Stadium in St. Paul.” Coleman did surprise the naysayers and the pundits when he persuaded the National Hockey League to award a franchise to St. Paul and put together the deal that is resulting in a new downtown arena for the Minnesota Wild. Can he work his magic again with his efforts to move the Twins to the capital city? Coleman will share his thoughts on why he thinks it’s important to keep major league baseball in Minnesota and how the Twins’ presence in St. Paul will continue the revitalization of the downtown area.

On first Fridays of each month, October to June, the First Friday Club meets for lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $17.

On Nov. 5, the First Friday Club will welcome the Hon. Kathleen Blatz, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. On Dec. 3 the Most Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will speak.

Reservations for the October luncheon are due at noon Tuesday, Sept. 28. Early reservations are recommended as these luncheons fill quickly. For reservations and further information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430.