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Esme’s Blog: The Comfort Of The MN State Fair

As the nation sits on the brink of a military intervention in Syria, an intervention that has a nation nervously wondering if the President’s “limited” action could lead to a path to a greater extended conflict, there is a place to ignore this and all other problems, whether they be national, domestic or personal.

08/31/2013

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Rachel Slavik Eats Everything At The Fair

WCCO reporter Rachel Slavik pretty much tasted everything during the Minnesota State Fair. From the fried foods, to the sweets to the crazy new concoctions — she ate it all. Here’s a video compilation of her busy week to none other than Weird Al’s “Eat It.”

08/31/2013

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013

Today is FAA Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit the barns and animal competition areas for FFA Livestock judging and programs. AARP presents music and more in Carousel Park.

08/31/2013

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Meet Jess Hanneken, Minnesota Rodeo Royalty

Rodeo royalty politely says “excuse me” while maneuvering around the Minnesota State Fair. Rodeo royalty represents the best of rural Minnesota with witty – and yet practical – slogans. “We like to say you can fix anything with a little twine and duct tape,” she said of her hometown Pine River, a town of 900 people located just north of Brainerd.

08/30/2013

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Bright Minds Battle Their ‘Bots At Minnesota State Fair

The brightest minds at the State Fair on Friday could be found in the back corner of the Education Building showing off their 100-pound made-from-scratch robots. Precocious ingenuity collided with full-on nerdery at the High School Robotics Competition as the science class savants from Mahtomedi, Becker and Fergus Falls showed off what six weeks of electrical engineering, innovative 3-D printers and zealous ambition can spawn.

08/30/2013

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Minn. Congress Members Disagree On Syria Response

There appears to be little disagreement about the evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, but amongst Minnesota’s Congressional delegation – there are major differences over what to do about it. At the Minnesota State Fair, members of Congress were giving all sorts of advice. Democrat Keith Ellison says he supports a limited, tactical military response to chemical warfare.

08/30/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 9 At The State Fair

Friday marks the beginning of the last weekend at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and the WCCO Morning Show team were getting into the spirit. Or maybe they were getting into a friendly rivalry.

08/30/2013

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Local (Wine) Tap: ‘Minn. Wine Country’

Minnesota Wine Country is enjoying its new digs — and lauding the ever-growing industry of wine – at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair.

08/29/2013

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Trinkets You Can’t Live Without At The Grandstand

If you’re heading to the State Fair, the grandstand is always a must stop. You’ll find hundreds of vendors selling everything from clothing, to household items, to musical instruments.

08/29/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 8 At The State Fair

Day 8 at the Minnesota State Fair started with a dose of rain, but that didn’t keep the WCCO Morning Show team from remaining in the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/29/2013

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State Fair 4-H Workers Go Around The Clock With Their Animals

The gates to the Minnesota State Fair open every morning at 6 a.m., but competition for the agricultural kids is already well underway. It takes a lot of prep work to get into the ring. The work really never stops, it actually goes all night long.

08/29/2013

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Today is MPR Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park. Early Bird Specials until 1 p.m. at Mighty Midway and Kidway.

08/29/2013

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Betty Phiffer Hasn’t Missed The Fair Since 1933

Her name is Betty Phiffer. She’s 93 and lives in White Bear Lake. What makes her amazing is she first came to the fair when she was 13 – she remembers the fair back in the 1930s. Eight decades ago, she remembers being a teenager on her favorite ride.

08/28/2013

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Where Are Gluten-Free Foods At The State Fair?

On the state fair’s website you’ll find a list of vendors with gluten-free foods, and the Northland Celiac Support Group also has a list available. In the food building alone, there are at least five places where you can order up something yummy without worrying about gluten.

08/28/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 7 At The State Fair

The WCCO This Morning team got another busy day started at the Minnesota State Fair by showing us what goes on behind the scenes when we go home and go to bed.

08/28/2013

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