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Minnesota Community Pride Day

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At the Fair 2011
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 • Carousel Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, MinnPost is partnering with the Bush Foundation, InCommons and the State Fair for a day of newsmaker interviews, entertainment and the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase. Below is the full schedule.

MinnPost events that day will feature a “supersized,” four-part “MinnPost Asks” interview series featuring:

• New MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone

• 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison

• A panel discussion on “The Future of the News”

• A youth panel moderated by MinnPost’s Joe Kimball

The “MinnPost Asks” sessions are sponsored by Dorsey &  Whitney and Padilla Speer Beardsley. More details below.

Minnesota Community Pride Day events

Pre-opening events

Works Progress
Photo by Kaeti Hinck      Works Progress

9 a.m.

“Give & Take” interactive activities with Works Progress. The public art and design studio creates artworks, exhibitions and public programs meant to “inspire, inform and connect” people across creative and cultural boundaries.

Ongoing events

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Table Talks” interactive activities with Works Progress. Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker will design and make four tables featuring such elements as chalkboard table tops, games and conversation starters.


Community Pride Showcase tent, featuring winning entrants in collaborative projects.

Stage events

Rozanne Battle
Roxane Battle

10 a.m.

Opening Remarks from MinnPost’s Roxane Battle and InCommons-Bush Foundation.

10:05 a.m.

Entertainment by J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir.

Steven RosestoneCourtesy of MnSCU
Steven Rosenston

10:30 a.m.

“MinnPost Asks” newsmaker interview with Steven Rosenstone, new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). He’ll be interviewed by MnnPost “Learning Curve” writer Beth Hawkins.

11 a.m.

Entertainment by Willie Murphy Band.


“MinnPost Asks” newsmaker interview with 5th District Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison. He will be interviewed by MinnPost Washington Correspondent Devin Henry.

Charlie Maquire
Charlie Maguire

12:30 p.m.

Entertainment by Charlie Maguire, “Centennial Troubadour” for Minnesota State Parks.

12:40 p.m

Minnesota Community Pride Awards Showcase Ceremony

1:10 p.m.

Minnesota Community Pride participants, interviewed by MinnPost’s Sharon Schmickle.

1:30 p.m.

Entertainment by Ragamala Dance advanced students.

2 p.m.

“MinnPost Asks” newsmaker panel on “The Future of the News,” moderated by MinnPost CEO/Editor Joel Kramer. Panelists will be MinnPost’s David Brauer and Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

2:30 p.m.

Entertainment by rap artist Desdamona.

3 p.m.

“MinnPost Asks” youth panel, moderated by MinnPost writer Joe Kimball.

3:30 p.m.

Entertainment by the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.Brave New Workshop

4 p.m.

Minnesota Community Pride Panel.

4:30 p.m.

Entertainment by Tom Hunter Band.

Tom Hunter Band
Tom Hunter and Jon Gunvaldson