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Fans vote for their favorite Minnesota State Fair vendors

Photos By: 
Jeff Rutherford

Minnesota State Fair fans chose their favorites in the Great Minnesota Get-Together's third People's Choice Awards. In a ceremony held on Aug.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | Need sunscreen? Diapers? Steichen’s Market is an oasis among food on sticks

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) Owner Jimmy Steichen mans the front counter. Below; the market carries packaged goods, cleaning supplies and many other store items not found elsewhere on fairgrounds.

If you’re looking for something on a stick, Steichen’s Market and Deli at the Minnesota State Fair is not for you. The store’s motto is “Cease the grease.

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The hands that feed us: Workers at the Minnesota State Fair

(Photos by Jennifer Larson)

Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they'll eat, the rides they'll take and the people they'll watch.

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Food for thought, pennies for farmers

For decades, my dad complained that people didn’t understand how little of the food dollar goes to the farmers who grow the food. Every time the farmer’s price went up — for milk or corn or pigs — the grocery store price went up by even more. When the farmer’s price went down, the grocery store price usually didn’t follow in that direction.

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Audubon Society presses stadium authority on bird safety

The shape of the Minnesota Vikings stadium is beginning to rise above the construction pit on the east side of downtown Minneapolis. The building will feature enormous transparent surfaces to let people inside the stadium see the downtown skyline, and to let those outside feel some of the excitement of what’s going on inside. [Audio below]

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Finding new keys to land ownership, careers in farming

At a creative farm south of St. Paul near the town of Coates, two things about fruit, vegetable and horticultural growing are immediately clear. You cannot plant and raise perennial crops when renting land on a year-to-year lease. You cannot even think about having an orchard unless you own the land.

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Video: Exploring a Hmong land cooperative

Minnesota is home to a large Hmong community of which many farm. One complication is that many do not have access to land that is affordable and near their homes. One group has committed to making a difference. The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant which will allow the nonprofit organization to explore organizing a land cooperative.

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Minnesota couple settles marriage discrimination case

A Little Falls wedding venue initially rejected a same-sex wedding in violation of Minnesota law.

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Tar sands, trade rules and the gutting of human rights for corporate profit

A new report released today from IATP takes an in-depth look at how tar sands have developed from an unconventional, inefficient energy source to the spotlight of the corporate agenda as conventional oil supplies dwindle. Tar Sands: How Trade Rules Surrender Sovereignty and Extend Corporate Rights follows the development of energy policy from NAFTA up to current free trade negotiations to illustrate that while energy sources evolve, one trend remains constant: The protection of corporate profits at the expense of human rights, sovereignty and the environment. With new free trade agreements in negotiation, the time for action is here: The public needs a seat at the negotiating table.

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Private sector to the rescue?

As a newly minted think tank fellow seven years ago, I heard Bob Poole, the libertarian Reason Foundation's thoughtful and nonpartisan transportation expert, argue in a local luncheon speech that private investment offered the only feasible way out of America's chronic shortfall in funding roads, bridges, transit and other ways of getting around.

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