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Ice Castles at Mall of America wow visitors

Ice Castles at the Mall of America Barb Teed /Photos: Jeff Rutherford Although the attraction is named “Ice Castles,” visitors expecting a more traditional, Winter-Carnival-style castle with blocks of ice stacked one on top of another will experience a different sight. Ice Castles gives an appearance of a fortress of ice rising straight out of the ground, said co-owners and Utah residents Brent Christensen and Ryan Davis in their proposal to the City of Bloomington. So unique is their fortress of ice that Christensen and Davis have a patent pending on their method. Icicle harvesting Icicles are created and...

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Creator of Giant Slide Fred Pittroff inducted

Fred Pittroff, creator, owner and operator of the Giant Slide, was inducted into the Minnesota State Fair Hall of Fame in January. The Hall of Fame Award is the State Fair’s highest honor. For 49 years, Pittroff’s Giant Slide has been a State Fair icon, creating lifelong memories for generations of families. Fred’s daughter Stacey met her future husband Robert at the State Fair and were married in 1996 going down the Giant Slide. The couple’s love story can be read here. Pittroff’s lifetime in the amusement industry has had a profound influence not only in Minnesota but in...

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John Mellencamp and Comedian Jim Gaffigan Announced for 2017 Grandstand Concert Series

St. Paul, Minn. – Two additional evenings of entertainment are confirmed for the 2017 Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Concert Series sponsored by Sleep Number. Show details are as follows: Jim Gaffigan NOBLE APE TOUR 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Tickets: $60 and $50 (all reserved seating) On sale: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 John Mellencamp: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 Tickets: $64 and $49 (all reserved seating) On sale: Noon Friday, Feb. 24 Tickets will be available through Etix at or by calling (800) 514-3849. In addition, tickets may be purchased at the...

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