Skip to main content

State Fair's hottest political debate involves no candidates

Groups for and against the marriage amendment have State Fair booths on the same street, just a few hundred feet apart. Activists have been working on the issue for months but admit that many Minnesotans don't think about what's on the fall ballot until State Fair time rolls around.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Groups for and against the marriage amendment have State Fair booths on the same street, just a few hundred feet apart. Activists have been working on the issue for months but admit that many Minnesotans don't think about what's on the fall ballot until State Fair time rolls around.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Protest for Tyre Nichols to be held outside MN Governor’s Mansion

Activists groups say they’ll call on Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to implement police reforms.

Pool

Minnesota pool contractor banned from industry, must pay $2 million-plus

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed suit against Charles Workman and his company, MN Crete Pools, LLC, in August.

Minneapolis police

St. Paul man identified as victim of north Minneapolis homicide

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue North on Wednesday.

ambulance

Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Related

Marriage debate turns into a fight at State Fair

Political discourse took no holiday at the State Fair. In fact, it expanded from the verbal to the physical when supporters and critics of the marriage amendment got into a fight. One member of the Vote No camp was hospitalized and one of the Vote Yes crew was charged with fifth-degree assault.

Marriage amendment debate arrives at fairgrounds

Opponents and supporters of the proposed marriage amendment set up shop at the Minnesota State Fair. On Wednesday, Augsburg College took a public stance opposing the amendment.

Debate intensifies as marriage vote nears

The war over marriage in Minnesota has reached all corners of the state. Some dispatches from the front: Pro-amendment signs were vandalized at a Bemidji church. A local Ely newspaper owner says gay couples can take their wedding announcements elsewhere. And high-profile GOP operative Michael Brodkorb – among the very strategists who helped get the amendment on the ballot – says he will vote no.

Cinemagraphs: State Fair moments in motion

This is a cool new way to see the Minnesota State Fair in a way you never have, through a format called cinemagraph. These animated GIFs created by MPR are made by combining video and still photos, isolating selective movements in each frame.

Heavy Table announces fair photo contest winners

After sifting through hundreds of food photos capturing anything from cotton candy to cannolis, judges at the Heavy Table have announced the winners of their 2012 State Fair Food Photography Contest.

Two men stabbed at State Fair

Police say two men are hospitalized after being stabbed at the Minnesota State Fair. A portion of the fairgrounds was closed after the incident near an arcade on Dan Patch Avenue. Police said it was not a random stabbing. There were no immediate arrests.

'Bizarre Foods' host Andrew Zimmern to launch food truck at state fair

Edina resident and "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern is rolling out a new food truck at the Minnesota State Fair. Named AZ Canteen, the truck will serve food inspired by Zimmern's global travels on the hit Travel Channel show. Among Zimmern's menu items are cabrito butter burgers, crispy pork belly with green papaya salad, and griddled veal tongue sliders.

Minnesota concoction on list of most ridiculous State Fair foods

Spaghetti Sticks -- a tasty concoction introduced at this year's Minnesota State Fair -- is on a new list of over-the-top foods served at fair events around the country. The list also includes a fried ice cream sandwich from the Florida State Fair and a hot beef sundae from the Tennessee State Fair.