Minnesota State Fair unveils $16 million makeover for part of fairgrounds

Courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

At MPR, Tim Nelson says, “The Minnesota State Fair is giving its north end a major makeover. Fair officials unveiled the plans Sunday morning at their annual meeting in Bloomington. It’s the biggest project at the fair since the West End Market opened in 2014, and will make for a similar update at the entry near the fair’s water tower on Snelling Avenue in Falcon Heights.”

In the Strib, Paul Walsh says, “The fallout is continuing from last week’s dispute over a Donald Trump re-election flag being displayed by fans of the Jordan High School boys basketball team during its game against visiting Minneapolis Roosevelt. Jordan has pulled out of an invitational basketball event scheduled for Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — being hosted by Minneapolis Roosevelt. Jordan was to have played Minneapolis Patrick Henry at 5 p.m.”

From MPR’s Andrew Krueger: “Skywatchers in Minnesota and across much of the nation enjoyed a lunar extravaganza late Sunday. The Earth slid directly between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse visible across all of North America — as long as clouds didn’t block the show. Much of Minnesota — including the Twin Cities — enjoyed clear skies for most or all of the eclipse.”

Says Andrew Krueger at MPR, “Temperatures in parts of northern Minnesota dropped into the 40s below zero on Sunday morning — the second straight morning of bitterly cold conditions. The National Weather Service received a report of 45 below zero at Sea Gull Lake along the Gunflint Trail. Other low temperatures included 44 below at Ash Lake in northern St. Louis County; and 42 below at Babbitt, Crane Lake and Celina. The lowest wind chill observed was 55 below zero at Ely, with 52 below near Margie and 49 below at Bigfork and the Grand Marais airport.


Says Deanna Weniger in the PiPress, “Twenty-five members of the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills-based 247th detachment gathered with family and friends Saturday before deploying to the Middle East for nine months. This will be the first deployment for 22 of the soldiers ranging in age from 19 to 52 years. They will provide support for Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait and Jordan.”

Says Erin Adler in the Strib, “Three vehicles fell through the ice in separate incidents on Madison Lake in Blue Earth County on Saturday, prompting a new warning about the dangers of driving on Minnesota’s lakes. In all, 10 people were able to escape the three vehicles. Officials said the location of all of the breakthroughs was the same — an area of Madison Lake just southwest of Point Pleasant Resort and Campground.”

Also from Mr. Krueger at MPR, “Armed with patience, a love of gardening — and a few teeny-tiny measuring spoons — a group of volunteers packaged tens of thousands of seeds this weekend in Rochester. The seed-packet assembly line was in preparation for the opening of a new seed library at the Rochester Public Library.”

The AP is saying, “Lindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her knees, Vonn said an early retirement ‘is a possibility.’ ‘But I’m emotional right now,’ Vonn quickly added. ‘I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly.’”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 01/21/2019 - 08:30 am.

    Funny how the students from Jordan were so adamant about displaying their convictions in their hometown. Once they had to travel outside their own white enclave, they seem to much less brave. Complaints about not feeling safe are classic racist tropes, Which they offer, nonironically, as a justification for not facing down the very people they seek to marginalize. And show themselves as the cowards they are.

  2. Submitted by George Carlson on 01/21/2019 - 12:28 pm.

    The behavior of the students from Jordan is not confined to Jordan or to Minnesota. Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times recently wrote an opinion piece concerning a study on the effect of Trump’s victory on student behavior in areas where Trump had strong support. According to Goldberg, among the behaviors that prompted the study was the observation that ‘[A]t several schools, white school sports fans chanted, “Trump! Trump!” at opposing teams with more players of color.’

    The Virginia study Goldberg discusses determined that there was a correlation between areas that voted strongly for Trump and increased disparagement of racial minorities. (Is the President Making Middle School Worse?, Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2019)

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