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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.


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State Fair’s Amateur Talent Contest Underway At Fairgrounds

Starting Monday night, some of Minnesota’s most talented people will be taking the stage at the State Fair.


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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.


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4H Students Settle In To Reality Of Bird-Free Fairs

People visiting county fairs this summer are starting to notice something is missing: birds. The Chisago County Fair opens Thursday in Rush City. And like every other fair in the state, it has been directed to cancel its live poultry exhibits to prevent the possible spread of bird flu.


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Keith Urban Coming To Minnesota State Fair

One of country music’s big stars is coming to the Minnesota State Fair in late August. It was announced Monday that Keith Urban is bringing his Raise ‘Em Up Tour to the State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 28.


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Good Questions: Salad Forks, Fair Food Flops & Seedless Watermelons

Mike from Park Rapids wants to know: Why are salad forks smaller? Though forks were around in the 15th century, they didn’t become popular or affordable until the 19th century, when silver plate technology was invented.


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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

Have you wanted to get on a Nice Ride, but haven’t? Or is there a food truck you’ve wanted to try but haven’t tracked it down yet? Well, you’re in luck! They are just two of the things we’re talking about while we’re working for the weekend!


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Minnesota State Fair Announces New Foods For 2015

It is the day many Minnesota foodies have been waiting for: The Minnesota State Fair just announced all the delicious new food for this year’s fair. The fair released the list Tuesday that features 40 new foods and 11 new frozen treats.


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Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show Comes To Fairgrounds

No, American Pharoah will not be there, but there will still be plenty of horses to see at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this weekend. The Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show is coming to the State Fair!


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Looking For A Summer Job? Minnesota State Fair Is Hiring

The Minnesota State Fair is about two months away, and officials said Tuesday their employment center is open and taking applications for those looking for work. The State Fair starts Thursday, Aug. 27, and runs through Labor Day in Falcon Heights.


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Canterbury Park Cancels Ostrich Races Due To Bird Flu Scare

There is some breaking news out of Shakopee that is sure to ruffle some feathers. Canterbury Park officials have announced that ostriches will not take part in this year’s Extreme Race Day — the park’s most popular event of the year.


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Wander MN: Festival Season

Memorial Day is past, and summer has commenced. Minnesota offers festivals all year round, but summer is prime time.


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Good Question: What Does CHS Do?

The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?


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Minnesota State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows Due To Bird Flu

All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.


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Minnesota Agency Sets Record For Largest Paper Wad

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has claimed a world record for the largest ball of paper. The massive wad measured 9 feet, 7 inches tall, 32.2 feet in circumference and 426 pounds. Spokeswoman Taylor Holland said Monday the agency got confirmation last week from Guinness World Records. There wasn’t a previous record.


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Underwood To Perform At 2015 Minnesota State Fair

Country singer Carrie Underwood will perform at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair


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Country Star Carrie Underwood Coming To 2015 State Fair

We’re more than eight months away from the next Minnesota State Fair, but one of the biggest names in country music will be at next year’s “Great Minnesota Get-Together.”


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2nd Man Charged In State Fair Armed Robbery

A second man has been charged in federal court for the first armed robbery at the Minnesota State Fair. On Aug. 29 robbers got away with more than $100,000 from the Craft Brewers exhibit at the Agriculture Horticulture Building.


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2 Arrested In State Fair Armed Robbery

Minnesota State Fair officials say two people are now arrested in connection with the armed robbery where suspects took more than $10,000 from a fair exhibit. The robbery occurred on Friday, Aug. 29 at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild exhibit at the Agriculture Horticulture Building.


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1 Arrested In Minn. State Fair Armed Robbery

Minnesota State Fair officials say one person is in custody in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at the fair on Aug. 29.



Kolstad Continuing To Make Strides In Recovery From Assault

Former Minnesota State University, Mankato, football player Isaac Kolstad is continuing to make strides in his recovery from a brutal assault back in May that left him fighting for his life. Last week was a busy one for Kolstad as his former college team played its home opener on Thursday in front of a packed house in Mankato against St. Cloud State.


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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.


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Armed Robbers Take $10K From State Fair Beer Exhibit

Police say last Friday, on a day when 145,000 people entered the gates of the Minnesota State Fair, a small group of armed robbers was among them. State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer calls it a bold crime, considering the huge police presence.


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PODCAST: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 9-3-14

A major announcement from Land O Lakes, live on The WCCO Morning Show with Dave Lee. Click the link above to hear it!


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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.