18,000 ton block of ice reflects climate change

One of the new highlights at the Eco Experience features an 18,000 ton block of ice melting away during the Minnesota State Fair run.

The block of ice, in the center of the Eco Experience, will melt away during the fair, raising awareness of how climate change is shortening Minnesota’s lake ice season and the implications for Minnesota’s economy and ecology. Fair goers will be able to touch the block of ice. Citizens can sign up to volunteer and help collect lake ice data.

Eco Experience is a partnership of the State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state. It is the largest environmental education event of its kind in the country. Visit Eco Experience to learn more. The Eco Experience is located in the Progress Center and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The 2019 Minnesota State Fair is Aug. 22 through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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About Barb Teed

Barb has a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., a B.A. in Media Studies from New School University, NYC., and Associates of Arts degree in Anthropology from Normandale Community College, Bloomington Minn. I was born in Duluth, Minn.