Minnesota State Fair
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.
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.
Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.
Saturday is FFA Day at the State Fair. There will be livestock judging and other programs at the barns and animal competition areas. Head to Carousel Park for music and much more, courtesy of AARP.
Pronto Pup versus corn dog? White milk versus chocolate? Those are just a few of the things you wanted to know about this week.
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.
For most visitors at the State Fair, cheese curds are one of the absolute must-eat foods. Turning out 2.6 million curds takes a great staff to keep up with demand. For 40 years the original deep fried cheese curd has served up a state fair favorite.
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.
The temperatures have been lower and the crowds bigger at “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” at least for the last few days. The Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record Tuesday and fell a few thousand short of another record on Wednesday.
Billed as “Melvin the Wacky Wheeler,” Summerbell has been performing in the Minnesota State Fair’s daily parade for a decade.
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.
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.
Friday is MPR Day at the State Fair. There will be live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park. Fairgoers will enjoy early bird specials until 1 p.m. at the Midway and Kidway.
The WCCO Morning News From The Fair: Click the link above to listen back to highlights.
Try as we might to fight the inevitable, we all get old. So, we should be wiser when it comes to dealing with the aging process in order to stay independent as long as possible. At the Minnesota State Fair, the Wiser Living 2014 exhibit aims to help us do just that.
Thursday is Seniors Day at the State Fair. So, if you’re 65 or older, admission is only $8. The day also features the state’s largest senior stretch and stroll, as well as early bird specials until 1 p.m. at the Midway and Kidway
Wednesday was another cool but gorgeously clear day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and there was no shortage of activities for all of us at WCCO-TV to investigate.
A record number of people came to the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday. The fair reported that 133,595 people came through the gates on Tuesday. The previous Tuesday record was 129,423, which happened in 2009.
Food reigns supreme at the Minnesota State Fair, but a lot of it isn’t from Minnesota. The popular Pronto Pup, for instance, isn’t even from the Midwest.
The seventh day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together started off cool and blossomed into a comfortable, sunny day.
After a month of speculation around Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins, a trade sending Love to Cleveland was completed over the weekend. In return, the Timberwolves got Wiggins, this year’s No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, and Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 overall pick. The Timberwolves also worked out a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire Thaddeus Young, who will be the team’s new power forward in Love’s place.
Katy Gerdes won $10,000 in the “Donut Showdown” competition, which pitted her against some very talented bakers from across the country. WCCO’s Dave Lee talked with her about the contest, which aired on the Cooking Channel, and the crazy concoctions they had to make.
Tuesday Podcast from the Minnesota State Fair! Click the link above to listen back!
Most of the things to do at the Minnesota State Fair are fun and entertaining, but there are other features that aim to teach you a lesson. Nina Moini visited an interactive exhibit that serves as a wakeup call for Minnesotans about the dangers of distracted driving.
Artist Tristan Kyrsta of Ham Lake had never before crafted a sculpture of junk pulled from Minnesota waterways. But she readily accepted the challenge of turning trash into treasure, drawing from experiences when she was a little girl.