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7 wild new foods to try at the Minnesota State Fair

Once again, fans of outrageous food around the world turn their eyes to Minnesota, as they do every year come fair time. The Minnesota State Fair welcomes close to 2 million guests over the fair’s two-week stint at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and vendors are eager to showcase a wide range of eye catching and over-the-top foods. From deep-fried ranch to a Patata Frita Focacciawich, here’s a sample of what new menu items will be available at the fairgrounds later this summer.

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USDA and partners announce second round of School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants recipients

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