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At home or in Washington, Minnesotans will watch history being made at Obama inauguration

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans will watch history being made today as Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation's 44th president.

Some Minnesotans have traveled to Washington, D.C., to watch Obama become the first African-American to take the U.S. presidential oath of office. Many others will watch the inauguration from their office, school or home.

Elena Leikikh of St. Paul got tickets for the inaugural from Congresswoman Betty McCollum. Leikikh emigrated from the Soviet Union with her parents in 1979. She says watching Obama take the oath is "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The Fergus Falls High School marching band is set to perform "Yankee Doodle" at Obama's inauguration.

For those who can't make it to Washington, Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis will show the inauguration live on the big screen. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Organizers ask that you bring a nonperishable food item to drop off.