This is a new series I'm going to try out over the next few weeks. I'm going to post a photo which was taken somewhere within the Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 county area(PDF). You have until Friday to guess where it was taken. No prizes will be offered, other than the pride of knowing your city better than you ever should.
This is the first photo, it's a difficult one, Hints will be added to the post this evening, Thursday morning and afternoon. The answer will be added after 5:00 on Friday. Click through to few additional sizes on Flickr. Post your answers in the comments, multiple guesses are permitted.
Hint #1: Small sovereign territory
Hint #2: Norse (Scandinavian) explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates