Jump into the Minnesota Made Matchup. We asked you to submit your favorite invention/idea/place with Minnesota roots — and you delivered! The first votes have been cast and now it’s time for the top picks to go head-to-head.
Round three, the State Fair vs. “Let It Be” album
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About the contenders:
The Minnesota State Fair keeps getting bigger — new attendance records were set the past several years. The 12-day-long event is home to foods and attractions that have become state staples — Sweet Martha’s, Giant Slide and Pronto Pups, to name a few.
It has also hosted historic events, such as the speech credited as President Theadore Roosevelt's first public use of his famous foreign policy tagline: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."
The Replacements, who got their start in Minneapolis, released their third studio album, “Let it Be” to a warm reception from critics in 1984. It was ranked No. 241 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
It was also a turning point for the band with lead vocalist Paul Westerberg saying years later that the band was getting tired of playing ”noisy, fake hardcore rock.” It’s one of many rock albums to come out of independent Twin Cities record label Twin/Tone Records.
“What better work of art to represent Minnesota than an album of scrappy and sincere songs from four totally average (probably below average) Minnesotans recorded on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis.” — Jim Lonetti
In case you missed the announcements on All Things Considered: State parks beat out Honeycrisp apples in the first voting round and the North Shore washed away the competition in round two. Check back each day of the bracket to vote for your favorite!
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After we crown the best “thing” to come out of Minnesota, we’ll hold another vote for best person — so if you submitted a public figure, stay-tuned!