Our Fair State: A Streets.MN Summer Roadtrip!

Oh what a summer it’s been. With Dinkytown developments, streetcar shenanigans, LRT controversy and more, what’s a good Street Person to do except get out of town for a few days? While the State Fair rages in St. Paul Falcon Heights, join us as we look back at our summer vacations with misty eyes, and […]

All Minnesota’s Affair

For the 12 days before and including Labor Day, Minnesotans reconvene at the State Fair. It is traditional and embedded in the culture. It matters here, unlike the fairs in other states I have lived (Maryland, Georgia, California). It is reportedly the best in the United States. The evidence for its centrality is that the […]

All Minnesota’s Affair

This is a reblog from last year, this time, it is all still true. For the 12 days before and including Labor Day, Minnesotans reconvene at the State Fair. It is traditional and embedded in the culture. It matters here, unlike the fairs in other states I have lived (Maryland, Georgia, California). It is reportedly […]

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Saint Paul by Bike: A Short Jaunt to Ford

August 30, 2019 3.9 Miles Highland Park The State Fair, or more accurately, a park and ride lot for the State Fair, gave me the chance to check out a usually off-limits part of the old Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant (TCAP) and grounds. The 22-acre area is between Mississippi River Boulevard and the Mississippi […]

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Sunday Summary – August 26, 2018

The Great Minnesota Get-Together started August 23, so what better than Robert Roscoe’s My Annual Minnesota State Fair Experience. Of course, we’d like more stories, your stories about the Fair, too; here are some past posts for better than fair reading.   The week on streets.mn Chris Steller continues his investigation of pedestrians in history with […]

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The Minnesota State Fair on Speed

No, this isn’t a video about rampant illicit drug use at the great Minnesota get together. It’s a timelapse video shot 6 years ago by Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin. I imagine many of the same things are taking place this year as I contemplate the even heavier than usual car traffic passing through my neighborhood […]