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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New Minnesota State Fair vendors reflect broader demographic changes

(Photos by Megan Nash) La Loma Tamales employee Maria Garcia, putting tahini spice on the mango-on-a-stick; below, Holy Land's Kushari rice and tabouleh.

When you think of Minnesota State Fair food, you may think of cheese curds, corn dogs and gooey cookies. But over the years, that narrative has been changing, and Minnesotans have been seeing more culturally diverse foods popping up on the fair grounds.

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Doggie date: Wiener Dog Race at Sandcastle

WHAT: Sandcastle’s 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Race, in which daschunds race against each other and a man in a hot dog suit

WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 1st at 1:00 PM (registration ends at noon)

WHERE: Sandcastle on Lake Nokomis, one of our fave dog-friendly eateries (map)

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Sparky's Grill opens at Como Golf Course

(Photo by Jessica Hilmanowski) Sparky’s veranda offers a great view of the Como Golf Course.

When the new Sparky’s Grill at the Como Golf Course Club House opened in June, the event went virtually unnoticed.

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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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