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It’s Official: No Poultry Exhibits At 2015 Minnesota State Fair; Avian Bird Flu To Blame [Update]

The Minnesota State Fair ended weeks of speculation this morning by announcing that there would not be any chicken or poultry exhibits allowed at this years fair.

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Pine County Road Work On Highway 70 Starts May 18

Drivers near Rock Creek that might take the HIghway 70 shortcut to Wisconsin will need to find an alternative route for a while.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a resurfacing project for that stretch of highway that's scheduled to start on Monday, May 18.

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Who’s Playing The Minnesota State Fair? Free Music Acts Are A Great Value

Over 25 years ago - by pure happenstance - I saw country singer Lionel Cartwright in one of the free pavilions at the Minnesota State Fair.  I was already at the fair and happened upon the concerts start just by chance.  The show made my day and I am still glad that I had the opportunity to see him in concert - especially for free!

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Minnesota Vikings’ New Stadium Spells The End For 25,000-Plus Record Collection

When the Minnesota Vikings move into their new home, chances are no one will give a passing thought as to what used to be located in its place.  One of those buildings that is being demolished to make way for pro football is the Star Tribune's current office building.  Some of the current employees of the so-called "Strib" may be looking forward to moving into new digs, but the situation has created a problem for one staffer.

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Where Can I Find A Job In The Future? Outlook For Minnesota Job Market Predicts Needs For The Next 30 Years

With a stagnant economy, many people have felt the crunch of the ever-tightening job market.  But - might there be a change in the air?

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Will There Be Enough Turkeys For Thanksgiving? Bird Flu Outbreak Could Short The Supplies This Fall; Experts Continue To Track The Avian Flu Epidemic

The Avian Flu outbreak that is bearing down on the United States (even Minnesota) could mean a turkey-less Thanksgiving this November.

Already, more than 21 million birds have been euthanized in order to prevent the spread of the disease.  Part of the eradication process is the elimination of the flock

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Spring Truck Weight Restrictions Cease On May 7 And May 8 For Our Frost Zone

A sure sign of our changing seasons:  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced that they are lifting the spring truck weight restrictions. The restrictions lift for the Central Frost Zone on May 7 and closer to home for the North-Central and North Frost Zones on May 8.

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Railroad Work Will Close A Portion Of Highway 169 May 11-25 Near Grand Rapids

A lot of people travel from the Twin Ports to the Iron Range for business and pleasure.  A temporary highway closure could affect your travel starting next week.

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What Is The Safest City In The United States? Hibbing Minnesota Tops The List

It seems like the rest of the country is finding out what we've known about the Northland for years:  It's a great place to live!  Recent surveys have awarded various communities and establishments in our region titles for the best  the best french fries, and the best city to live in Wisconsin.  Now, they're celebrating one of our Northland communities as the Safest City in America!

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Avian Flu Could Sideline Poultry Exhibits At 2015 Minnesota State Fair

Officials with theMinnesota State Fair are taking a hard look at the situation surrounding the Avian Flu outbreak in the state.  As the virus continues to spread, fair personnel are considering canceling poultry exhibits for this years exposition.

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Blatnik Bridge Ramp Closures To Affect Traffic April 28 And 29

Add one more set of orange signs and cones to your commute on April 28 and 29:  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are alerting drivers to some temporary ramp closures off the Blatnik Bridge.

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What Is The Most Popular Hotdish In Minnesota? Representative Betty McCollum Wins The 5th Annual Minnesota Congressional Hotdish Competition

While I'm not a fan of hotdishes myself - many people in the Northland are;  That's why they've become almost as synonymous as snow in our area.  Perhaps that's why Minnesota State legislators decided a few years ago to have a hotdish competition.  It seems like their challenge is a way to make them seem more like their constituents and less like the country club folks they usually rub elbows with.

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