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A press release from the Metropolitan Airports Commission revealed today what many hungry fliers had been waiting hear:
A new McDonald’s restaurant will open in Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) by the end of October, bringing a familiar array of favorite fast, affordable foods back to the airport following a two-year absence.
"A new McDonald’s has been travelers’ most frequent restaurant request since that company’s contract with Delta Air Lines for stores on Concourse G expired two years ago,” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. “We’ve been working with McDonald’s since that time to find a suitable location for the restaurant’s return. I’m pleased to say that by the end of October, travelers will once again be able to satisfy their McDonald’s craving before boarding their flight.”
Construction crews are busy near the entrance to Concourse D building an 1,800 square foot store that will be open 24 hours a day and employ about 60 people, according to local McDonald’s owner/operator and Twin Cities’ McDonald’s Co-op member Courtney Henry.
"We're very happy to be back at the airport and extremely pleased that there has been such great demand for McDonald's to return,” said Henry, whose organization, Franchise Foods, owns eight other McDonald’s restaurants in St. Paul. “We look forward to serving the traveling public and MSP employees for years to come."
There will be Grand Opening offers available in the free November/December MSP Eat, Shop, Relax coupon book as well as on the Twitter feeds of the Twin Cities McDonald’s Co-op, @McD_Minnesota and the airport, @mspairport.
It was a news release I couldn’t ignore, merging archaeology and travel. Officials in New Ulm, Minn., have discovered a giant footprint, it said. “Is it real?” I asked the publicist, foolishly. She refused to answer directly, but reminded me that the print was, duh, found at New Ulm’s Chamber of Commerce building and that, double duh, it’s four feet long. The oversized cement impression is now on display, along with a plaque that says it’s “rumored to be that of Hermann the German,” the town’s Teutonic mascot, and that anyone who touches it will have more fun. (But who wouldn't have fun in New Ulm, home of the August Schell Brewing Company and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame?) The footprint is in need of a back story, so the town in Minnesota’s River Valley has launched a “Legend of the Footprint” contest. People can submit their theory on the origins of the footprint at the town's facebook page until September 6; the winner will receive a prize package.
The North Shore’s Split Rock Lighthouse is a gem. Dating to 1910, this Minnesota Historical Society property (which is surrounded by Split Rock Lighthouse State Park) is one of the best kept lighthouses in America. Plus, it offers killer views of Lake Superior. Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day, which makes a fitting time to learn about the importance of Split Rock and other lighthouses around the country. Need another reason to go? The readers of Lake Superior magazine recently named Split Rock one of the best public places to view the lake. Visitors can tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building and the keeper’s dwelling, restored to its 1920s appearance. The site is 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors on Hwy. 61. Entrance fee tops out at $9 for adults; more info at 218-226-6372.
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