Taking her last parade route down Nicollet Mall, Mary Marion still remembers her first Holidazzle 20 years ago. “I started out as what they called an ambassador, a pacer, and it was primarily to get some extra holiday money,” Marion said. In her fifth year on the job, she met her husband, Marty. “I popped out of what was the Princess and the Pea float one night, and he goes ‘Hey, you want to go out for a turkey sandwich afterwards?'” she said.
Building the nation’s biggest mall began with patriotic shovels full of dirt back in June 1989. Music played as dignitaries and city leaders dug into the ground of the former Metropolitan Stadium parking lot.
The National Weather Service says a weekend storm included the first tornado in Lake County in nearly 20 years.