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“Step Right Up, It’s Wild, It’s Mind-Boggling, It’s Fantastical. Read It Here, Now”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6319
by Joe Kimball, Minnesota Monitor
OK, that headline will be the last of the side-show banter, I promise, but I do want to welcome you to the annual Joe Kimball State Fair Blog, a compendium of the interesting and odd, the unusual and quirky, the tasty and the smelly — and all the other aspects of the 12-day spectacle that starts Thursday and marks the end of summer in Minnesota.

“Initiative Will Expand Learning Options”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6281
by Virginia Rybin, Insight News
Ben Perry, director of the North Side Initiative: “We are trying to have quality, world-class schools.”

“Showdown looms at U of M”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6318
Staff, Workday Minnesota
University of Minnesota clerical, health care and technical workers vote Thursday whether to strike rather than accept the latest contract offer from the university administration.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
VIEWS AND REVIEWS

“Dreaming in Hmong Saturday in St. Paul”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6314
by Mary Turck, Special to the TC Daily Planet

“Girls Rock – Saturday at the Ritz”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6315
by Stephen Brunia-Brown, Minneapolis World Beat

“Vive le festival”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6316
By Michael Garberich, Minnesota Daily
The eighth annual Sound Unseen Festival might be leaner than years past, but it remains vibrant

“Local musician’s CD Rayflections mirrors his personal evolution”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6171
by Kaysie Paul, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

“Have a talk with Joe Minjares”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5986
by Dwight Hobbes, Southside Pride
Restaurant owner, actor, and now theater impresario

“Film at Home on the Range”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6176
by Hannah Dentinger, MN Artists
Hannah Dentinger indulged in the Fourth Annual Free Range Film Festival in the waning days of last month. It goes down annually in Wrenshall, MN, near Duluth. As my grandmother would have said, it was gemischte pickles, but worth it, all in all.

NEW IN VOICES

“Making memorials”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6293
by Michael Metzger and Dylan Thomas, Downtown Journal
Are they paying respects or gawking? Why do we go to the bridge?

NEW IN BLOGS

“Back in Minnesota: Worthington”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/6320
by Louis Mendoza, A journey across our America