Mall of America to Close on Thanksgiving — Sorry Black Friday Shoppers

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I am one of those people who enjoys going out for a bit on Black Friday — my wife and I usually spend a few hours in the afternoon stopping at a few stores and grabbing some early Christmas presents.

I find it so ironic how, literally one day after people say “thanks” for all they have, it’s a feeding frenzy at retail stores for the “marked down” consumer products as people fight for more.

Though I enjoy the time with my wife on these days, I will never fully understand the craziness that surrounds Black Friday. The hordes of ravaged shoppers, the merciless fighting, the absurd lines starting outside stores days before Black Friday, it’s just too much. I understand getting a great deal on a TV, but at what cost? A dinner with your family on Thanksgiving? Hours of your life waiting in line? Your dignity as you fight people off for the latest gizmo?

In recent years, the trend has gotten to be even worse, with many stores now having their “Black Friday” sales start on Thursday — as you all know, that isn’t just some regular Thursday, it’s Thanksgiving. I don’t really care if people are crazy enough to want to shop on Thanksgiving at 5 p.m., but I do care for the poor retail employees who are forced to work because of those crazy people.

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Hidden Treasures Arcade Running Kickstarter for a Permanent Home in Champlin

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Video games have radically changed over the last few decades — online multiplayer, realistic graphics, vast worlds, and complex programming are all taken for granted today. But in the 1980s they weren’t even fathomed as an option. Today, instead of running to the arcade to play with friends, gamers can log into their home console and play with strangers from around the world.

Many don’t know that video games came from humble, albeit fun, beginnings. Those that do know, may be aware of Pacman, Galaga, or Mario, but haven’t heard of the thousands of other games available at the time.

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Busier Than Ever: State Fair Shatters First Friday Attendance Mark

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For the 152nd time since 1859, a deluge of Minnesotans dressed in brotanks and fanny packs has flooded St. Paul for the latest installment of the Great Minnesota Get Together. Even as you read this sentence, from Albert Lea to Roseau, and all points in between, citizens of the 32nd state in the Union are making the pilgrimage to our capital city for the chance to see beauty queens carved from huge butter blocks while double-fisting a couple of pronto pups and washing them down with an entire bucket full of cookies.

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‘Canby Classic Cinema’ Gets Restored Back to Life

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Canby, Minnesota’s Central Park, is an idyllic spot for a family reunion. It is encircled by a bustling small town that could leap right out of A Prairie Home Companion. A quick left turn from last week’s Randgaard family reunion and I had to screech on the brakes to capture a shot of one of America’s classic art deco theatres, Canby Classic Cinema.

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Minnesota Icon Dies — The World Mourns the Loss of a Prince

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One of Minnesota’s most iconic recording artists passed away on Thursday. Prince (full name Prince Rogers Nelson) died at the age of 57. The exact cause of death is not known at this time.

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An Iconic Grandstand Destroyed by Fire at Tink Larson Field

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On Wednesday of last week, the grandstand at Tink Larson Field went up in flames. The ball park, which is based in the small Southern Minnesota town of Waseca, is an icon in the state-wide baseball community, especially to those in the region.

The fire, which was first reported around 8:11 p.m., destroyed most of the grandstand which included seats from the old Metropolitan Stadium. You can see pictures of the destruction here. It is believed the fire started somewhere in the center of the grandstand. There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

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Freeman Announces No Indictment In Jamar Clark Shooting

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There will be no indictments handed down in the fatal police shooting of twenty-four year old Jamar Clark.

On Wednesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he will not pursue charges against Officer Mark Ringgenberg or Officer Dustin Schwarze for the shooting. In the investigation, Freeman said he was concerned with determining whether Jamar Clark was handcuffed and what the evidence suggested about the use of force by police.

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Minnesota Super Tuesday is ‘Berning’

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The results are in. Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were both winners on the national stage this Super Tuesday in their respective parties. They each captured seven states out of eleven and both won the majority of their party’s delegates. However, here in Minnesota neither Clinton or Trump were winners.

Instead Bernie Sanders won for the Democrats and Marco Rubio won for the Republicans. For Sanders this was a much needed victory that is one of four states he won on Super Tuesday, the other states being Colorado, Vermont, and Oklahoma. In Minnesota, Sanders captured well over 60% of the votes in the Democratic Caucus, won every single district, and gained 46 delegates to Clinton’s 29. In short, Sanders won very convincingly in Minnesota.

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Who Will Minnesota Vote for on Super Tuesday?

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With Donald Trump’s recent second primary win in South Carolina, taking 44 delegates, and giving him a commanding lead over the other candidates, he solidified himself as the front-runner for the Republican party and the one to beat in future primaries and caucuses. Marco Rubio placed second and is gaining momentum while Jeb Bush has bowed out. Hillary Clinton, on the Democratic side, narrowly beat out Bernie Sanders in Nevada and is hoping to stifle his momentum. The race is far from over.

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Minnesotans ‘Feel the Bern’ in St. Paul

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The normally bone chilling Minnesota was really “Feeling the Bern” on Tuesday, January 26th as Bernie Sanders rode into Minnesota to speak in front of thousands of Minnesotans in Duluth and St. Paul. Excited attendees braved turbulent masses of people and the cruel Minnesota gusts outside the RiverCentre in Downtown St. Paul to catch a glimpse or hear a word from the Vermont Senator.

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