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For 16 years, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has released a list of the ten most endangered historic places in the state. On this yearís list are obvious choices like historic hotels, classic ballparks, old buildings, and bridges. However, thereís one endangered species on the list as well, and itís The Big Fish in Bena, Minnesota. Donít worry if you havenít seen it, because with a little love, and probably a lot of worms, local residents are bringing it back to its original beauty.
The giant critter was created back in the 1950s, and is made up of wood and roofing materialóno taking the easy way and using fiberglass here. Originally designed to be an ice cream and hamburger stand, the 65-foot long fish has just been hanging out on the side of US Highway 2 ever since. Fans of the National Lampoon's Vacation film may recognize the structure, as it appeared in the postcard photo montage to start the comedy classic.
The Major League Baseball season is almost half over, and fans are already flocking to St. Louis to take in this yearís All-Star Game at Busch Stadium. Since weíll be following the pennant races before long, we thought it was only natural to start looking forward to the 2010 season. Thatís because outdoor baseball will return to Minnesota for the first time since 1981, as the Metrodome closes and Target Field opens.
Last month, the final beam was put in place on the Minnesota Twinsí new home, and the project is on schedule and under budget. Now if it can stay that way, weíll be in cheap seats in the Budweiser Roof Deck in no time.
Heading to Minneapolis anytime soon? Leave your Axe body spray at home; it's not like the flight attendants have fallen into your lap yet, anyways. You see, Minnesota isn't too happy that Axe's hyper-sexual advertising campaigns have been working so well, causing kids to drench themselves in the potent scents and offend sensitive nostrils.
Apparently the overuse of Axe is so widespread in the City of Minneapolis School District, that they've called for a ban on the stuff.
You'd think that with all this hubbub, flying into Minneapolis airspace would involve descending through a fog layer of aerosol Axe spray, but instead it's simply a case of teachers trying to encourage teenage boys to shower more often. Says StyleList: "One concern prompting suburbia to sound the alarms is the idea that Axe Body Spray is somehow enabling teens to adopt poor hygiene habits."
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Now that we know who will join McCain at the big convention, it's time to party all the time with the Republicans in Minnesota.
The SaintPaulitan has released a map of bars that will be temporarily throwing open their doors till 4AM in honor of conventioneers, but do you really want to meet some guy or gal crying into their beer because they hearted Huckabee?