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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

So you successfully made a new friend in the Twin Cities. Now what?

Flashback: We surveyed readers two weeks ago about their experiences making friends in Minnesota, including things to do on "friend dates."

Going to breweries, biking, grabbing ice cream and taking walks around a lake were the most common suggestions. Here are some others:

  • "An art fair! Good combination of things to see and eat and enjoy and (let's be honest) judge." — Grace F.
  • "Cafe Alma & walking the Stone Arch Bridge, because what's more Twin Cities and friend-romantic than that?!" — Marie
  • "Mall of America — lots of things to chat about so no awkward silences as a friendship is growing!" — Anonymous
  • "An evening bonfire with plenty of wine." — Shelly C.
  • "Ride the green line from Saint Paul to Minneapolis. Make a few stops, see a show at Turf Club. Hike Mounds Park or Minnehaha Falls areas." — Anonymous
  • "Volunteering. Most of the time, the task at hand is very leisurely and can serve as either a conversation starter or an easy out to fill dead air, or both." — Dan W.
  • "Doesn't matter. Being able to sit and chat anywhere is great. Food and beer help." — Deb
  • "Probably something on a boat." — Joseph H.
  • "A challenging day hike followed by a recovery stop at a favorite local craft brewery + tacos!" — Heather H.
  • "Get food at Hola Arepa, followed by some activity like an art exhibit etc, then drinks at Nighthawks and ice cream at Sebastian Joe's or Bebe Zito's." — Will
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Survey: Two-thirds of NWA readers say it's easy to make friends here

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Chart: Will Chase/Axios Visuals; Source: Axios survey

People have fewer friendships than in the past. So, we wanted to know about the status of friendships in NWA.

  • We were delighted to see that 90 of you responded to our survey. Thank you so much for hanging with us.

The big picture: Exactly two-thirds of respondents said it's easy to make friends in NWA, while the other third said it's not easy.

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Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.

State Department partners with aid group welcoming Afghan refugees to U.S.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Photo: Mandel Ngan-Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Thursday that the State Department is partnering with Welcome.US, an aid group helping to welcome and support Afghan refugees who fled their country for the U.S.

Why it matters: The partnership is part of the Biden administration's Operation Allies Welcome, which involves the processing and resettlement of the more than 65,000 Afghans evacuated during the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.