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.
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Opening day at the fair started off a little bumpy with a brief ride malfunction and lower attendance at the pig barn after the Swine Flu virus raised cause for concern. Day two kicks of with the Governor's Fire Prevention Day and Alan Jackson performs at the Grandstand tonight.
State Fair has safeguards in place in case of severe weather
Although there's a small chance of severe weather in the Twin Cities this weekend, officials with the Minnesota State Fair say they are prepared for severe weather in the event something happens. Fair officials tell MPR that the fairgrounds are equipped with storm shelters and tornado sirens should any emergencies pop up.
St. Paul artist tapped for 2012 State Fair poster
St. Paul artist Joe Heffron beat out 50 others in a competition to design the Minnesota State Fair's 2012 Commemorative Art, which was unveiled Wednesday at the Fairgrounds. His design, which includes a rooster and flying cheese curds, captures the whimsy of the annual end-of-summer event.
Only two months away: State Fair unveils 40 new food options
You already know the standbys. Now that the list of rookies is out, it's time to start planning your gustatory attack on the state fairgrounds. For the adventurous there's bacon ice cream, camel burgers, lamb testicle fries, and poutine. Or could try one of the new salads with some hibiscus iced tea.
Troubled State Fair swing reopens after maintenance issues
The State Fair's troubled Stratosphere Swing Tower was idle most of Saturday for a maintenance issue unrelated to the problem that grounded it during the fair's first two days. The ride finally was up-and-running just after 8 p.m. Saturday night.
State Fair nearly breaks attendance record despite weekend drama
Reports of injury and assault at the Minnesota State Fair during its final weekend didn't hinder attendance numbers. The fair reports an increase of about 20,000 fairgoers compared to last year. More than 1.78 million trekked to the Great Minnesota Get-Together – the second all-time highest attendance and just short of an all-time record in 2009.
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