Convention at U.S. Cellular Coliseum brings 4,000 people to Twin Cities

By Joe Bennett

July 7, 2012 Updated Jul 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM CDT

The city of Bloomington benefits from a convention with 4,000 people expected to attend over the weekend.

This is the second year U.S. Cellular Coliseum has hosted the annual Spanish Jehovah's Witness Convention.

It is part a national event with 385 other conventions in 103 cities.

This comes one day after Jim Bob Morris, owner of the Bloomington Edge, announced he is interested in buying the Coliseum.

The theme of the weekend convention is keeping an open heart to traditional values of Jehovah's Witnesses.

"To not let ourselves adjust to the coming ways people are changing their lives, but to maintain God's will in our lives," according to Joel Juarez with the News Services Department.

Steve Oakes is also in the News Services Department for the convention. "The city of Bloomington always makes us feel so welcome, the hotels and the restaurants. There's about 4,000 delegates here, and the management is always so helpful so we certainly express our appreciation to them for being so hospitable."

Oakes hopes the Jehovah's Witnesses will meet again next year in Bloomington.

The city owns the Coliseum and will benefit from any profits made as well as well as city taxes earned through hotel and restaurant accommodations.

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