Friday, August 26, 2005

Nick Coleman on the State Fair

According to Nick Coleman, people at the Great Minnesota Get Together are on edge, fearing a terrorist attack while munching on cheese curds and Pronto Pups.


The State Fair is where we go to catch a glimpse of ourselves, to find out how we're doing, to look in the mirror and check the mood of Minnesota. No one person can take it all in, and not even the combined effort of every newspaper and TV station in town can quite capture the mood. But after a first stroll around the fair Thursday, I say: The mood is not good.

Ever since 9/11, there has been an edge to the fair, a throbbing anxiety that has murmured below the sound of screams and compressed air machines. But this year, it has seeped in a little deeper, becoming an actual undercurrent of discord.
(Source: Star Tribune, August 26, 2005)

Hey Nick, you might want to let Sen. Mark Dayton know so he can close his booth. While you’re doing that, I’m going to call a few friends who will take you to get the help you need.

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