Perched safely on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen’s shoulders, 2-year-old Eddie Hoeschen of Duluth peered out at maybe more people than he’s ever seen.

We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.
Minnesota faces a labor growth slowdown. This helps explain why.
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Minnesota faces a labor growth slowdown. This helps explain why.

September 2
Minnesota's labor force growth is projected to slow the next decade, adding to those outside the workforce.
FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a governmen
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How popular is your name in Minnesota?

May 21
Babies named Thea and Rhett are trending up in Minnesota, but how popular have they been over the last century?
Yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background.
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Fatal police encounters since 2000

September 17
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
Rambo Islas, 8 months, is held by his mother Maria Islas, as he gets a shot for a vaccine administered by RN, Nicole Ives at the Dallas County Health
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Look up vaccination rates at more than 2,900 Minnesota schools and day cares

March 25
Hundreds of Minnesota schools and child care centers face an increased risk of measles outbreaks because not enough of their students have been vaccinated.
Michael Mueller snow blows the sidewalk near his house Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Rochester after heavy snow overnight. Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbu
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Not many places in U.S. got more snow than the Twin Cities did in February

March 5
Yes, Minnesotans, February was as snowy as you thought. In fact, when it comes to snowfall last month, we had more in common with Jackson, Wyo. than we did with our typical winter brethren in Chicago and Milwaukee.
A deeper look at Minneapolis crime rates
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A deeper look at Minneapolis crime rates

September 19, 2018
Data show an overall decrease in Minneapolis crime, but also reveal recent upticks in rates for various violent crimes.
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2017's most popular baby names: How popular is yours?

May 28, 2018
Whether you favor perennial favorites or trendier names, see how popular they've been in 2017 -- and in all the years going back to 1910.
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Minnesota on track for a record number of tornadoes this decade

May 22, 2018
More than 400 tornadoes have been recorded since 2010, including one that hit north Minneapolis seven years ago this week.