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Continued: Fairgoers pull double duty as University of Minnesota research subjects

  • Article by: EMMA NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 30, 2014 - 6:52 AM

Marshall Hoff, 65, graduated from the U and then worked there for 36 years.

“I’ve been there all my life,” he said.

After wandering through Wednesday to check out what the building had to offer, he returned Thursday to participate in the nursing school’s fitness study.

“I thought I was in pretty good shape,” he said, “so I wondered what this study would show me.”

The result? “I’m in pretty good shape.”

Sandy Ahlberg graduated from the U in 1973. The 63-year-old had seen the Driven to Discover building and its potpourri of study offerings on TV, she said.

“I thought, ‘We’re going to do all of them,’ ” she said.

As the cloudy afternoon wore on, Fran Holmsten, also a U alumna, glanced around the building for other things to do. As her husband finished up the Parkinson’s study and sat down to put on his shoes, she pointed out a fitness test he might be interested in.

“I don’t go to the fair to eat. A lot of people do; I just don’t,” she said. “There are so many things to see and do.”

Outside, a group of couples danced on a small stage, music blaring. A taffy stand clicked and whirred as the machine inside it spun a thick mass of sugar, and the smell of fried dough wafted through the air.


Emma Nelson • 952-746-3287

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