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.
The Minneapolis Farmers Market opened up shop Saturday. It was a chilly start, but hundreds still came out to enjoy the fresh foods. About 30 local and global vendors set up today. At its peak, the Minneapolis farmers market will hold about 170 vendors.
The hot weather is having a huge impact on State Fair food businesses. Attendance was down on Sunday by 40,000 folks this year compare with last.
It’s the eve of 12-straight days of State Fair fun. For Minnesota State Fair vendors, it’s 12 days of 12-hour plus work. For places like The Lunchbox, it’s actually 19 straight days. They open a week early for the early birds that come in to set up.
In just two days, the Minnesota State Fair gates open to the public. But new security measures are already in place for a lot of the vendors who have been setting up this week. Vendors and the people who work for them have already gone through security sweeps Tuesday night, and will be subject to security sweeps throughout the course of the fair.
With four days to go before the State Fair, it’s a mad dash for vendors. Karen Rutana, owner of Rutana Concessions, has been busy with all the final details. “Getting all of my staff ready, and getting all the tickets together – those types of things,” Rutana said.
According to a study out of UCLA, 5,000 same-sex Minnesota couples are expected to get married in the next three years. And that’s translating into a bit of a boom on the business side.
With the weather turning cold, you know that ice fishermen are waiting to get on the lakes and rivers.
Ever wonder why a pineapple was being sold at your local Minnesota farmers market? Many have, and Minneapolis revised an ordinance to make sure the markets sell more local food, while still keeping the exotic foods, too.
The trial began Wednesday for Wally “The Beer Man” McNeil and another vendor accused of selling beer to an underage police decoy at Target Field.