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Continued: Fans ask: Will Heritage Square return?

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 31, 2013 - 5:27 PM

The new Heritage Square will include a spiffed-up museum of fair history. The train cars will remain. You just might not be able to go inside.

The newspaper museum

Ancient clanking machines still turn out freshly printed sheets at the Minnesota Newspaper Museum, but this might be its last year.

“We have to be out of here by Oct. 1,” spokesperson Michelle Leonard said. “The fair told us they value this place as an exhibit, but not necessarily at Heritage Square.”

Heritage Square is not a moment of Minnesota history frozen with care and staged by experts. It’s a comfortable jumble, the way they thought “heritage” ought to be displayed in the ’70s.

Perhaps in 50 years, the transit hub will look careworn and dated, and they’ll replace it with an exact replica of Heritage Square as it stands today.

The kid who balked at the throne of Voltara might bring her kids and show them the heritage she remembers.


James Lileks • 612-673-7858


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  • Members of the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band performed on the Heritage Center Stage, one of the components of the current Heritage Square.

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