MN Music-on-a-Stick With Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S, and The Chalice Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Friday, August 30, 2013 At their second annual State Fair Grandstand showcase, MN Music on-a-Stick, 89.3 the Current brought a six-hour slate of acts that cov ... More >>
Smash Mouth with Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms State Fair Grandstand Friday, August 23, 2013 Friday night State Fair goers took advantage of the perfect summer evening and stepped into a time machine for the Under the Sun tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms at the State Fair Grands ... More >>
The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>
When you walk into Lee's Liquor Lounge, located on downtown Minneapolis' fringes for over half a century, whether it's your first visit or 40th, the whiff of nostalgia and shiver of magic you feel is pretty undeniable. But there's more to it than the bar's wood paneling, its mounted mountain lion, t ... More >>
In a tale ripped straight from the clutches of TMZ, Journey guitarist Neal Schon is involved in a legal battle with Judy Kozan, who used to be the mayor of the southern Minnesota town of Waseca -- and also used to be his mother-in-law.The rocker, who assured his place in the annals of gossip blog fo ... More >>
One of the blackest celebrations around just began with the announcement of Depeche Mode's new world tour. The shows are in support of DM's Delta Machine -- familiar initials, eh? The album, coming later this month, is the synth-pop superstars' first since 2009's Sounds of the Universe.Running Augus ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage seeks removal of fair vendor who said she spit in Vote Yes guy's lemonade-- KARE 11 criticized for hosting "potentially harmful" health screenings at State FairSunday's State Fair festivities were marred by two fights, one of which involved a police officer getting knocke ... More >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet LapellesMN State Fair Grandstand, St. PaulFriday, August 31, 2012After a summer of record temperature highs, August was the perfect month for outdoor shows, ending with MN Music-on-a-Stick a ... More >>
Jeremy Messersmith chats about his adopted state fair
SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage, anti-gay marriage group, says it 'continues to stand strong against intolerance'-- MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic-- Michael Leisner called Alan Colmes' radio show shortly before his death [AUDIO]A young woman named Caiti Weber got he ... More >>
It's the last full weekend of August, summer is drawing to an end, but the music isn't. The Minnesota State Fair is back with various acts playing until Labor Day. Aby Wolf will take 7th Street Entry stage in celebration A. Wolf and Her Claws vinyl release. Meanwhile Yeasayer will be rocking the sta ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- The 2012 State Fair poster looks like something out of a drug-induced nightmare [PHOTO]-- Minnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testiclesThe State Fair swing is stuck way up high for the second time in as many days, meaning you officially couldn't pay me to get on t ... More >>
Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
Last year around this time I reported with great fanfare that one vendor at the State Fair had decided to put a selection of craft beers on tap. Among them were brews from several Minnesota beer makers. Minnesota beer would finally get a bigger presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It was bi ... More >>
If you're an annual State Fair habitue, it's easy to get bored with the more than 450 foods from 300 concessionaires. So every year the State Fair tries to shake things up by introducing a few new things-on-a-stick and other edibles. Last year's offerings included the universally beloved sweet corn ... More >>
Related:Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsDawes at First Avenue, 11/4/11Although the Minnesota State Fair has done a fairly good job of packing in some variety for its Grandstand shows, the free entertainment this year should pull a hefty crowd this late August/early Septembe ... More >>
Related:Up in the air: How Minneapolis became a flyover city for major rap artistsKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsStar Tribune published two stories Tuesday detailing the Minnesota State Fair's latest Grandstand additions, but one would've been plenty. A couple hours after ... More >>
The 2012 running of the great Minnesota get-together is starting to pile up a load of concert offerings for this August. Tops among the Grandstand Concert Series shows is the Minneapolis St. Paul stop on the Kiss-Mötley Crüe joint tour, which will be the first series of dates these two monsters ... More >>
Tom Emmer thinks Nick Espinosa should be arrested for assault and, uh, littering? When Tom Emmer ran into gay rights advocate/prankster Nick Espinosa at the Minnesota State Fair, it looked a lot more likely that Emmer would hurt Espinosa than the other way around. He didn't, but Emmer was pretty ... More >>
Dan Devine: He can't stop the Nazis, but he can despise them.The mayor of West Allis, Wisconsin can't legally do anything to stop the white supremacist rally that's going to be held there tomorrow. But in the spirit of the same First Amendment that lets those creeps hold their little march, the m ... More >>
Happy Labor Day weekend! Some may call this the unofficial end of summer, but let's not be hasty. We still have a few weeks of warm weather left, and you can even relive the best of summer by catching up on our most popular Hot Dish posts, including guides to the State Fair, a look at Minneso ... More >>
Where has the summer gone? You try to soak it in with a couple chilled beverages and some time in the sun, next thing you know it's September. With the last three months now nothing but a hazy memory, City Pages is looking back on the most popular blog posts of the summer that was.What were you p ... More >>
Hate crimes charges might still be filed in incidents from that night.A huge fresh batch of 911 tapes has been released by the West Allis Police Department, shedding new light on the racially-fraught crime wave that gripped the Wisconsin State Fair last Thursday.Call after call came in to the 911 ... More >>
ABC NewsWha? Kool-Aid flavored doughnuts? Just when we were complaining about the lack of inventiveness in this year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods, we hear about deep-fried Kool-Aid balls. Creative, yes. Tasty...eh, maybe? We were kind of hoping they'd be like a Chinese soup dum ... More >>
MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to ... More >>
Lisa GulyaMichelle Gayer of the Salty Tart bakeryMichelle Gayer, owner and head chef at the two-year-old Minneapolis bakery Salty Tart, has been busy the last six months. Last spring she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. After attending the awards c ... More >>
Get this man some FritosIf you wake up to The Current during weekday mornings, then you probably have breakfast with Steve Seel, who hosts the 6-10 a.m. show with Jill Riley. But what does Seel, a guy who gets up before the sun, nosh on?
In case you missed it earlier this year RetroRama, the annual old-school runway extravaganza, is back and coming to the Minnesota State Fair. The event will be a part of Minnesota History Center's History Day at the Fair. Five local designers will each be tackling one decade in fashion history an ... More >>
Butter heads up!The Wall Street Journal looked into butter head carving at the Minnesota State Fair, and taught us five fun facts about our favorite edible sculptures: 1. The dairy industry has used butter carvings since the 1890s, but most large butter sculptures today are molded over a woo ... More >>
These new foods are unlikely to become classics.When we heard about the new foods at this year's Minnesota State Fair, some sounded great, others gruesome. Would the latter taste as awful as we feared, or would we be eating our words? Here are several we sampled that aren't worth loosening th ... More >>
Keep your eyes on the prize: a state fair blue!This is the year, people, the one in which you establish your foodie cred with the ultimate badge of honor: a Minnesota State Fair ribbon in one of the Baked Products or Canned and Preserved Foods categories. You may already be able to hook a wal ... More >>
Chris Kalgren of This World Fair posted a note on his band's Facebook page today that he dubbed his "last official communication from/as This World Fair." After some modest success both locally and on the road, they are disbanding to pursue other projects. "This is by no means goodbye, but the fi ... More >>
Add Cyndy Brucato to the list of prominent Twin Cities television news anchors relinquishing their anchor duties this year. As noted earlier, WCCO's Don Shelby is retiring, and Fox 9's Robyne Robinson is running for lieutenant governor. Brucato says she's staying at her post through the Stat ... More >>
Clac-turfa/flickrAlong with useful advice and products to keep our communities greener and more sustainable, the Living Green Expo, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the State Fair Grounds, will have a heavy food focus. Cooking demonstrations using locally grown produce, ... More >>
The American Society of Magazine Editors' annual National Magazine Awards are out for 2010, and 'Prairie Home Companion" host and author Garrison Keillor took home the first-place award in the essays category. The award,"Recognizes the writer's eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and uni ... More >>
Illustration by Hugh Bennewitz MinnPost's David Brauer monitors the movements of the media by day (he occasionally puts the heat on CityPages), but spends his off hours working for the Kingfield Farmer's Market as treasurer and one-man promotions machine (check out his Twitter feed for regula ... More >>
Don't worry, folks. Your bacon is totally safe.
Sen. Al Franken pulled out his familiar, but still impressive, trick at he Minnesota State Fair last week.
Despite their attempt to scare us with their full day of eating and calorie counting at the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" they actually gave us the greatest state fair news yet!
"One of the few things you can do at the Minnesota State Fair that leaves you feeling better AFTER you're finished."
The Iowa State Fair puts its Michael Jackson butter sculpture up for a vote.
You won't believe what California fairgoers can find stuffed between a Krispy Kreme...