Author: Barb Teed

Farming and stiletto heels: FarmGirl Sisterhood

By Barb Teed |  Frank Sinatra was singing on an outdoor PA system while adults sipped Farm Girl Saison beer. A campfire crackled and dozens of aprons fluttered on a clothesline. Picnic tables were converted into open-air masterpieces. A large group had gathered at April and Josh Choate’s Prior Lake home on a September Saturday evening in 2010 waiting for a superstar. Paparazzi-like cameras stood ready and waiting. Diane VanHorn drove from Janesville, Wis. to meet this celebrity. Detroit Tiger’s relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt’s mom, Diana, missed her son’s Chicago game to stay in town to meet her. 11-year-old...

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Minnesota State Fair: Great Big Wheel

One of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America is coming to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. The Great Big Wheel will carry riders to a height of 156 feet, offering breathtaking views of the State Fairgrounds and the Twin Cities. This is the first time the Great Big Wheel is at the State Fair. “We’ve been working for years to land a spectacular ride like the Great Big Wheel,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer in a release May 19. “It will be placed at the center of Machinery Hill on the north side of...

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90th Academy Awards: Jimmy Kimmel returns as host

For a second consecutive year, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars telecast and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 90th Academy Awards will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Oscar Sunday, March 4, 2018. “Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one our finest hosts in Oscar history,” said Boone Isaacs. Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,”...

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Minnesota State Fair: goodbye Original Cheese Curds

Even Bizarre Foods television host Andrew Zimmern loves them. In his 2014 travel newsletter, Zimmern listed the 18 Must-Try Minnesota State Fair Foods. “I love the Minnesota State Fair so much that I try to go all 12 days,” he writes. “Every year there’s a list of new food booths, serving every type of novelty deep-fried and on-a-stick creations, but when it comes down to it, half of the food sales comes from top 10 classic items. I am a traditionalist when it comes to state fair foods, so I don’t stray too far from the cheese curds and...

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Minnesota State Fair: Pentatonix Announced for 2017 Grandstand Concert Series

Pentatonix is confirmed for the 2017 Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Concert Series. Show details are: Pentatonix 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 Tickets: $50, $40 (all reserved seating) On sale: 10 a.m. Friday, March 24 About Pentatonix: in just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than 6 million albums in the U.S. alone. The a cappella vocal group has won three Grammy Awards and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. The group’s YouTube channel boasts close to 13 million subscribers, yielding more than 2 billion video views, and the group’s 2015 self-titled...

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