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For two days every fall, Farmington Rotarians transform a field at the Dakota County Fairgrounds into the hottest country music destination in the Twin Cities. Ramble Jam, the club's lone fundraiser, will draw thousands of music fans and some of the fastest-rising country artists around to Farmington Sept. 15-16 for a weekend of music, camping and good times. And it's all for the good of the community.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—This year's Minnesota State Fair was yet another record-breaker. Attendance over the 12 days this year was 1,997,320, the Fair announced Tuesday morning. That beats last year's record of 1,943,719. Along with setting the record for the year, fairgoers also broke three daily records. Here's the attendance by day: • Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877; • Friday, Aug. 25: 125,324; • Saturday, Aug. 26: 158,525; • Sunday, Aug. 27: 197,891; • Monday, Aug. 28: 144,504 — record; • Tuesday, Aug. 29: 132,120;
Merchants Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger" Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $2,500 to Hastings Family Service.
John Cheever of Rosemount showed off his 1950 Dodge pickup truck painted in a custom bright turquoise blue he mixed in his garage. Cheever was among participants in the 29th Southern Cruzers Summer Spectacular car show Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Kara Hildreth / contributor
Give blood, get a haircut The American Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips Haircuts to offer a free haircut coupon to blood and platelet donors in September. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.
The American Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips Haircuts to offer a free haircut coupon to blood and platelet donors in September. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.
ST. PAUL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, recently changed how it operates Lock and Dam 8 on the Mississippi River in Genoa, Wisconsin, in an effort to impede the upstream movement of Asian carp.
Hopkins man charged with ax-murdering neighbor MINNEAPOLIS — A 24-year-old Hopkins man has been charged with killing his 67-year-old neighbor with an ax-like tool last week, the Hennepin County attorney's office says. According to a Monday, Aug. 28, criminal complaint charging Mitchell Edward Hoogenakker with second-degree murder, he went to the home of the victim, John Gallagher Jr., on Friday morning.
WEST BATTLE LAKE, Minn. — Authorities are still searching Sunday, Aug. 27, for a man who was reported missing after riding a personal watercraft on West Battle Lake, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported. About 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, the sheriff's office received a report that the man was not with the craft he had been riding, and that the craft was found floating and unattended.
ST. PAUL — The new $7.4 million Minneiska campground at Whitewater State Park — featuring 40 sites with electrical hookups, four non-electric tent sites, four camper cabins and three group camps — will open this weekend in southeast Minnesota.