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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2015): Day 2

Friday was the second day of The Great Minnesota Get-Together, and the WCCO was excited to find out what all the fuss is about.

08/28/2015

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2015): Day 1

The Great Minnesota Get-Together kicked off on Thursday, and the WCCO crew couldn’t be more excited.

08/27/2015

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Top 5 Must-Try New State Fair Foods

For their 2015 season, the Great Minnesota Get-Together decided to go big or go home and released a whopping 51 new foods; 40 dishes and 11 desserts. It may seem like an unapproachable task to taste all new foods, and it probably isn’t wise for your wallet or your stomach. So, we’ve taken on the burden.

08/27/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Opens 12-Day Run Through Labor Day

The Minnesota State Fair is opening its gates for its annual 12-day run through Labor Day. The 2015 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together starts Thursday.

08/27/2015

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Meghan Trainor Cancels MN State Fair Performance Due To Vocal Hemorrhage

Pop artist Meghan Trainor’s lips won’t be movin’ at the Great Minnesota Get Together later this month. The pop artist canceled the remainder of her tour, including the Sept. 1 performance at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand due to medical concerns.

08/11/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s August already. How is that even possible? Any day now, you’ll be seeing back-to-school shopping displays at Target and planning out a visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Already that nostalgia for summer is welling up as the nights get increasingly cooler. Already I’m drinking beers on rooftops and patios wondering how many of these I’ll have before the leaves start falling and the sun goes down with the workday.

08/04/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Puts Partial Ban On Selfie Sticks

If you plan to pack your selfie stick when you head to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, make sure you know the rules.

07/30/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Talent Show Registration Closes July 27

Time is running out for those who want to show off their talents at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. The deadline to register for auditions for the fair’s amateur talent contest is July 27 at 4 p.m.

07/18/2015

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Def Leppard, Styx & Alan Jackson To Play The Grandstand

Although it’s January, it’s time to start planning this year’s visit to the State Fair. On Tuesday, the State Fair announced more Grandstand acts that will play at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

01/27/2015

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MN Commerce Dept.: State Fairgoers Claim $715K In Missing Money

The Minnesota Department of Commerce says this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together was a huge success for consumers finding missing money. On Unclaimed Property Day, $71,000 was found for fairgoers in one day and 10 times the amount — $715,000 – was found over the entirety of the fair.

09/08/2014

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2014 State Fair Sets New Record For Overall Attendance

The Minnesota State Fair has finished with an all-time attendance record within reach. Officials will weigh fairgoers’ tickets on Tuesday to determine the total attendance for the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together.

09/02/2014

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Ye Old Mill Begins Preparing For 100th Anniversary

The end of the State Fair marks the start of a big celebration for one of its most popular attractions. The Ye Old Mill was built in 1913, but rides didn’t start until 1915. That makes next year its centennial celebration.

08/31/2014

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Kids Compete To Be The ‘Mighty Moo-er Of Minnesota’

Part of the magic of the State Fair is bringing farm life to the city. On Sunday, some city folk got to pretend they were “down on the farm” at a cow impression contest.

08/31/2014

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Tejas Express Gives A Minnesota Twist To A Mexican Favorite

Whether it’s an old favorite or a new treat, food is a big part of the State Fair experience. Sunday night, Heather Brown learned the secret to a Mexican favorite with a Minnesota twist, the Tejas Burrito.

08/31/2014

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken Makes The Rounds At The Fair

Senator Al Franken is making the rounds at the Minnesota State Fair. On Sunday, he sat down with WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar, the host of News and Views, and talked about the campaign.

08/31/2014

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Woman Attempts To Eat All Fair Foods On-A-Stick For Charity

During the State Fair we forget about counting calories and just eat all things deep fried or on a stick. But one Twin Cities woman is taking over indulgence to the next level. Mandy Colten plans to eat every single fair food on a stick in the name of charity.

08/30/2014

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Sergeant Injured During Ft. Hood Attack Speaks At State Fair

A U.S. Army Sergeant who was shot in the head, then shot again three more times, is sharing his message of forgiveness and recovery at the fair. After serving two tours in Iraq, Sergeant Patrick Zeigler was shot during the 2009 attack on Fort Hood.

08/30/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 9

Friday was MPR Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. MPR did live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park throughout the day. And despite the weather there were still plenty of things going on in the rain, and plenty of stories to share.

08/29/2014

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Verizon Adds Cell Sites Around MN State Fair For Attendees

Attendance is up at the Minnesota State Fair and so is mobile data usage. Karen Smith, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless says the increase in usage can be linked to the fact that we are sharing everything. She feels that people are using their phones more and more to not only navigate the fair, but also to share their fair experience.

08/29/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 8

Thursday was Senior Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. And in addition to getting $5 off admission, there were early bird specials on rides and early bird activities like the state’s largest stretch and stroll. Once again, WCCO reporters found a plethora of activities to check out.

08/28/2014

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Franken: Regrets Traffic-Cone Video

U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he regrets a video in which he’s shown holding two traffic cones to his chest like breasts.

The video was recorded at a 2012 fundraiser and first surfaced this spring Republican officials brought it up again this week a few days after GOP congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn came under attack for old blog writings targeting women, American Indians, gays and others.

08/28/2014

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WCCO Heads To The Mighty Midway

As all of the colorful lights came on, families packed into the Midway to enjoy the rides and games. Through Sunday, more than 550,000 people have visited the fairgrounds.

08/25/2014

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Minnesota State Fair Skyride Turns 50

A popular attraction is celebrating a milestone at this year’s Great Minnesota Get Together. The Sky Ride is turning 50 years old.

08/25/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At the Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 5

Monday marked the fifth day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Monday was also State Patrol Day and the patrol had a number of special exhibits for people to explore.

08/25/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014) Day 4

On Sunday, the WCCO team, and fans, put up with the heat and rain during the newscasts. As always, our reporters explored the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/24/2014

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