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(AP) 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. Smokers could light up in any other outdoor spaces until now.
Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette there will be outdoor designated smoking areas. But, Schuette says how many areas and where they will be located are details that still need to be finalized before the fair begins Aug. 22.
Schuette tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/V7ix90 ) that managers have been studying how other fairs handle smoking. The new policy follows an incident last year in which a 2-year-old girl from Graceville was accidentally poked in the eye and injured by a burning cigarette.
(AP) Agriculture experts say the biggest wildcard in predicting Wisconsin's crop production this year is moisture.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker plans to deliver his budget address to the state Legislature on Feb. 20.
The prize was in front of the La Crosse public library, but it took a week before anybody found it...
Now, the La Crosse Winter Rec-Fest Medallion has been discovered by Paul Hoch of West Salem, and he claims the 500-dollar cash reward for this year. Hoch did plenty of research on the clues, before seeing the medallion in brush along Main Street on Tuesday. A clue about a 'Wisconsin profession' referred to Farmers, and several lines in the clues were quotes from famous books. The final unpublished clue mentions the library and a Main Street bush. Hoch also found the Oktoberfest medallion in 2011, and says the clues in the Rec Fest hunt were harder.