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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Kaleidoscope of quilts at the Minnesota State Fair

(all photos by Mary Turck) 

Remember kaleidoscopes, where impossibly bright designs shift and rearrange as you turned the cylinder? I thought of those as I looked at the extravagantly colored and stitched quilts at the Minnesota State Fair. Hours of thought clearly go into not only the stitching and cutting, but also the artistic design and patterns. Whether they are painstakingly hand-stitched or machine-quilted, each one is a work of art.

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Debra Fisher Goldstein sees - and helps us see - the State Fair through a vivid lens

"I'm all Butter Fingers" (top, left), Debra Fisher Goldstein (inset), "My Summer Fling (top,right), and "Summer is Here, Nun too Soon" (bottom)

The last fireworks explode. The grandstand concert empties. It's time for the corn roasters' nightly dance. The young food workers cover the hot coals with metal sheets, climb onboard, and jump and dance as the embers cool beneath them.

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SE 21st Ave: A Rob Kirby comic

I’m Rob Kirby, a Minneapolis cartoonist. I occasionally draw installments for a series of comics called “Time Forgot,” which pays tribute to old and/or forgotten places and artifacts in the city that interest me. The latest episode is “SE 21st Ave,” a mini-tribute to a cool little block in the SE Como area that I took a real shine to.

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Shots from North Minneapolis: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl in photos

(Photo by Emily Jarrett Hughes, Wisdom Dances, www.wisdomdances.com)

On the last weekend of July, the North Minneapolis community came out in full force to celebrate its artists, entrepreneurs, music and the joy of being together.

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Library card art? Check it out at St. Paul Public Library!

Some folks want to see their name in lights. For others, it’s the yen to see their name in print. And then there are the few, the chosen, whose creative apex is to see their art carried with pride in the handbag, wallet or pocket of every resident of St Paul.

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SUPPERTIME | It's about the beer flights at JL Beers

Suppertime is a blog in comics form, exploring local restaurants, bars and other food establishments in and around the Twin Cities. I eat, I talk, I draw. 

In this Suppertime, we visited JL Beers. The food was good, the staff was friendly, but it was all about the beer flights.
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TC Weekend | Uptown, Loring Park & Powderhorn Art Festivals and much more!

Art enthusiasts will be pleased with the slew of art festivals in Minneapolis this first weekend of August. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is starting, as well as a host of other engaging events around town. See this weekend's lively roster below.

Let us know how will you spend this busy weekend by sending your photos, tweets, comments to editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or send an email to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

 

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The 30 hottest Minneapolis murals

(Photos by Mark Allan Peterson) A mural at 515 1st Ave.

We often forget just how colorful the Twin Cities get when summer rolls in. Most of the time, our sister cities are blanketed in snow under gray, overcast sky. But underneath all the dreariness, lies hundreds of brilliantly painted murals.

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