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Continued: Heat wave bakes Minnesota; State Fair attendance way down

  • Article by: BILL MCAULIFFE and STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: August 28, 2013 - 9:54 AM

Dining out

Eating their frozen yogurt outside Menchie’s on St. Paul’s Cleveland Avenue was OK with Steve Prast and his daughter Ella on Tuesday afternoon. First, all the tables inside were taken. But it tasted that much more refreshing in the 92-degree heat, Steve Prast noted.

The late-August heat struck them both as strange.

“School reminds me of cool weather,” Ella said. “I’m actually looking forward to winter. But I’m a little confused. Maybe I should actually enjoy this hot weather now instead of wishing it were here when it’s snowing.”

Staff writers Nicole Norfleet, Jeremy Olson, Mary Lynn Smith and Jim Adams contributed to this report. Bill McAuliffe • 612-673-7646 Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438

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  • Domonique Gilmer, 25, powered up the hill at Farview Park in north Minneapolis on Tuesday evening in search of stronger, faster legs. After 20 sprints up the 150-meter hill, Gilmer headed home for a hot shower. “In 14 weeks it’s going to be snowing. This is my chance,” he said.

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