Hundreds of thousands of kids are waking up a little earlier this Tuesday, and so are their excited parents. The day after Labor Day means it’s time to head back to school for most Minnesota students.
The Minnesota State Fair is always a popular place to spend Labor Day weekend. But this last weekend was one for the record books. More than quarter million people came through the gates on Saturday, setting a one day all-time record.
With Labor Day marking the end of summer, many kids will be heading back to school this week. “I’m kind of looking forward to getting back into the groove I guess,” University of St. Thomas junior Megan Nichols said.
The Labor movement has had to reinvent itself since its beginnings in this country. John Budd is a University of Minnesota professor who researches and teaches about diverse aspects of work, employment, and related institutions.
So many were at the Minnesota State Fair this year taking in all the sights and food that the fair is on track to break the standing record for overall yearly attendance. Already a record-breaking single-day crowd went there Saturday, with more than 252,000 people walking through the gates.
Since Labor Day is a holiday, here is a list of what’s open and what’s closed. You can go shopping today. Most grocery stores and malls will be open.
Expect a lot of people to be out on the roads this Labor Day weekend. Gail Weinholzer is director of public affairs at AAA Minnesota/Iowa. “We are expecting nearly 34.7 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles or more,” Weinholzer said. “Nearly 30 million Americans will be traveling by personal automobile.”
While millions of us will be hitting the roads this holiday weekend, bear in mind that nearly 400 law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols, looking for drunk drivers. A DWI offense can mean losing your driver’s license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.
The number of traffic deaths caused by impaired driving decreased by nine percent in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Officials said impaired-related traffic fatalities in Minnesota dropped to 95 in 2013 from 104 in 2012.
It arrives all too quickly, but alas, it’s here: Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer. If you’ve already made your pilgrimages to the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival, what else can you do on this glorious long weekend? Plenty.
Plan ahead and prepare for some relaxing time at home this Labor Day weekend. Have your own staycation and get all the relaxation you need without ever leaving town.
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Drivers should expect to see more officers out on the roads searching for drunk drivers beginning this weekend. From Aug. 16 through Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will increase DWI enforcement and highlight their education campaign.
“Labor Day,” the new film from Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, doesn’t reward cynics. In fact, it punishes them with doses of crusty homemade peach pie and baseball lessons from rough-hewn surrogate fatherhood.
For the second day in a row, record crowds turned up at the Minnesota State Fair, giving the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” a much needed boost after excessive heat kept many people away. Officials reported Monday’s attendance at 164,277 people.
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And with the arrival of cooler temperatures, the big crowds have been making a late appearance. Sunday’s official attendance was 236,197. That set the record for the largest single-day attendance in the State Fair’s history.
Schools starting the year before Labor Day are running into a problem: heat. As temperatures climbed past 90 in much of the Midwest last week, many schools were forced to find creative ways to cool kids down.
The Minnesota State Patrol is reminding motorists to move over if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Authorities are issuing the reminder in honor of state Trooper Ted Foss, who was making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Winona when he was hit by a passing vehicle and killed 13 years ago.
If you have travel plans for Labor Day weekend, be prepared for a little traffic. MnDOT Director of Communications Kevin Gutknecht says there won’t be any construction going on, but the road work areas will still mean road closures and slower speed limits. “There are a number of work zones that folks may encounter during their holiday weekend travel,” Gutknecht said. “Work zones can still be dangerous places, so folks should slow down, take their time and proceed cautiously.”
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) says their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will conclude this Labor Day weekend – a holiday period that averages 6 traffic-related deaths and 500 DWIs. According to the DPS, there were 17 traffic-related deaths, 32 life-altering injuries and almost 1,600 DWI arrests during the Labor Day holiday period from 2010-2012. In the past five years, there were 585 total drunk-driving-related deaths in Minnesota.
Heading into the Labor Day weekend, a growing labor movement is gaining traction across the United States. It’s a union-backed effort known as “Fight for 15” and it involves fast food employees who believe they should make $15 an hour.
The Twins played at noon Thursday at Target Field, but the big traffic jam was because the Gophers played that evening at TCF Bank Stadium and The Vikings were also set to kick-off at the Metrodome.
The excitement of the first day of classes for Minneapolis Public Schools came with some apprehension due to Monday’s sweltering heat. The district got permission to begin the school year a week before Labor Day four years ago. Most classrooms are not equipped with air conditioning. The principals and teachers in Minneapolis did what they could to make sure students were as comfortable as possible.