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Minnesota State Fair Offers More Than 20 New Attractions

The Minnesota State Fair will offer more than 20 new attractions and exhibits for the 2013 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Thrill-seekers will find four new rides, including "Air Raid," which takes riders on an acrobatic flight in all directions including upside down, and Riptide, a rollercoaster that ends with a spiral helix grand finale.

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Mykl Roventine, Flickr
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State Fair Will Limit Smoking in Open Air Spaces

The Minnesota State Fair plans to limit open air smoking on its 320-acre property beginning this year. Smoking has already been prohibited in fair buildings and in entertainment seating areas, such as the grandstand.

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Minnesota State Fair Attendance Just Short of Record

Attendance at the just-completed Minnesota State Fair fell just short of a record. Officials say 1,788,512 people attended the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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Three State Fair Swine Barn Visitors Show Flu Symptoms

The Minnesota Department of Health says three people developed swine flu symptoms after exhibiting pigs or spending time at the Minnesota State Fair's swine barn.

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Joe Bielawa
Joe Bielawa
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Minnesota State Fair Enters Final Weekend [PHOTOS]

The Minnesota State Fair is drawing to a close. But there's plenty to do, see and eat before the gates close Monday night. Here's just a sampling of all the fun at the fair, through the lens of photographer Joe Bielawa.

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Joe Bielawa
Joe Bielawa
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Minnesota State Fair at Night [PHOTOS]

The Minnesota State Fair comes alive at night. Take a look at the beauty of the midway with photos from photographer Joe Bielawa. The Minnesota State Fair runs through Monday.

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Another Ride at Minnesota State Fair Malfunctions

Another ride at the Minnesota State Fair has stopped working. The River Raft shut down Tuesday afternoon. Fair officials say it was due to an electrical problem.

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Photo by Steven Sohlstrom
Photo by Steven Sohlstrom
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2 Stabbings at Minnesota State Fair

Police are investigating two stabbings at the Minnesota State Fair. Two men had stab wounds to their abdomens after a fight at the fair Sunday night.

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Stratosphere, Minnesota State Fair
Stratosphere, Minnesota State Fair
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Minnesota State Fair Ride Malfunctions, Again

A ride at the Minnesota State Fair malfunctioned again, a day after stranding 24 people about 100 feet off the ground for 40 minutes. Fair spokeswoman Lara Hughes says the Stratosphere unexpectedly stopped Friday with people aboard.

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State Fair Ride Stalls, Stranding 24 Riders

A ride at the Minnesota State Fair malfunctioned Thursday, stranding 24 people about 100 feet off the ground for 40 minutes. The ride is called the Stratosphere. It looks like a tall tower, with swings hanging from branch-like extensions.

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