Minnesota isn't getting the World's Fair

The state fell at the first hurdle.
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Minnesota's bid to host the World's Fair in 2023 has been unsuccessful.

Voting among members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) took place Wednesday morning and Minnesota's bid was eliminated in the first round.

The state got 25 votes compared to 46 votes to each of Argentina and Poland. Argentina was the named the host once the second round of votes was calculated.

Minnesota, whose bid was endorsed by former president Barack Obama and current president Donald Trump, had hoped Bloomington would be the venue for the USA's first World's Fair in nearly 40 years.

Minnesota's expo bid was "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All."

The theme would have highlighted "both highlight the importance of health and medicine at a global level and to spotlight Minnesota's unique position as one of the world's most importance centers of excellence and innovation in health, healing, medical sciences and promotion of wellness."

A delegation of the Minnesota Expo 2023 committee congregated at the State Capitol Wednesday morning to receive the ultimately disappointing news.

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