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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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Revamped West End Getting Credit For Big Fair Turnout

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.

09/01/2014

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THE STATE FAIR PODCAST: 9-1-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Labor Day Podcast…..Click the link above to listen back to some of the high lights!

09/01/2014

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2014 State Fair May Break All-Time Attendance Record

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.

09/01/2014

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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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A Fair For All: Accessibility On The Fairgrounds

After travelling a single block at the Minnesota State Fair, it’s clear “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” is a gathering meant for all. Brienna Schuette, the Minnesota State Fair’s marketing and communication director, says they make changes every year to insure increased accessibility.

08/31/2014

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Another State Fair Daily Attendance Record Broken

For the second time this year, the Minnesota State Fair has broken a record for daily attendance. According to recently released figures, 252,092 entered the gates at the fair on Saturday, which breaks the previous record for the 10th day.

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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DeRusha Eats: From-Scratch MN State Fair Foods

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.

08/30/2014

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Good Questions: Minnesota State Fair Edition

Pronto Pup versus corn dog? White milk versus chocolate? Those are just a few of the things you wanted to know about this week.

08/29/2014

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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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Man Travels From Calif. To Work At The Cheese Curd Booth

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.

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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Lower Temps Bring Out The Crowds At MN State Fair

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.

08/28/2014

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Man On Wheel: The Topsy-Turvy Story Of A State Fair Legend

Billed as “Melvin the Wacky Wheeler,” Summerbell has been performing in the Minnesota State Fair’s daily parade for a decade.

08/28/2014

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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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PODCAST: STATE FAIR-AUGUST 28TH, 2014 Dave Lee And The WCCO Morning News

The WCCO Morning News From The Fair: Click the link above to listen back to highlights.

08/28/2014

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Learn To Age Successfully @ State Fair’s Wiser Living Exhibit

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.

08/28/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At the Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 7

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.

08/27/2014

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Tuesday Sets New Attendance Record At State Fair

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.

08/27/2014

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