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No Taste Of Minnesota For 2011

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By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL (WCCO) – St. Paul city officials have rejected four proposals for events to replace the Taste of Minnesota. That means no summer festival in 2011. However, there will be July Fourth fireworks at Harriet Island.

“The proposals didn’t bring everything that we wanted and ultimately we needed to make sure that any event that we put on at Harriet Island would be successful in the future,” said Parks and Recreation spokesman Brad Meyer.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

The 2010 Taste of Minnesota ran into deep financial trouble leaving unpaid bills.

“Putting on a traditional fireworks show for 2011 was the way to go and then kind of begin new planning for potential uses beginning in 2012,” said Meyer.

St. Paul has had a summer festival, including the Taste of Minnesota, for nearly 30 years. The city will entertain other new ideas in the future.

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