The Giant Slide, a Minnesota State Fair institution, brings simple ...

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At 50 feet high and rippling out another 170 feet in wavy abandon, the yellow-and-green Giant Slide is among the most iconic structures at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Missingsomething

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Okay, here's the only solitary thing at the fair that I thought was fun.

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Cool ride but Packers/Cheesehead/British Petroleum colors!
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Not only do they own this one for nice residual, but Fred Pittroff built 43 of them. I wonder if they operate any of those. Nice story of success.
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Don't you love it?

WWWHHHeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Brings out the kid in all of us!!!
TC Florida

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The slide and pronto-pups are the only things that absolutely MUST be a part of the State Fair for me! Oh, and one more reason to think of Russell Crowe as a putz.
DFLer

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You Wish Sucks wrote:
I hear they'll soon be renaming that giant slide as 'The Obama Approval Rating'...
Agreed.

NOBAMA in 2012
Peter

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Emmers Minnesota wrote:
The Great Disappearing Middle Class
A great historical moment to track in Tom Emmerís Minnesota is the shrinking of the middle class. Once the backbone of a state that was the model for the nation, Tom Emmerís Minnesota now offers visitors the chance to see what large class divisions mean for a state.
Visiting a mailbox on tax day is a common tourist attraction to witness firsthand how the large majority of Minnesotans pay 12% of their income in taxes, while the wealthiest get off easy, paying just 9.6%.
After swinging by the post office, take a drive down any Main Street left in Tom Emmerís Minnesota and ask a local about their property taxes for a scary tale. Itís a hair-raising conversation every visitor should have.
Since 1999 property taxes have gone up a whopping 63% with cuts to local governments, schools, and transportation all fueling a huge spike. In Tom Emmerís Minnesota, taxes are regressively pushed on to the middle class and homeowners.
Once youíve given the local homeowner the proper ďMinnesota goodbye,Ē swing out to Brainerd to see one of the highest unemployment rates in cities with over 10,000 people. In Tom Emmerís Minnesota, even if you have a job, chances are you might need two, three or even four to make ends meet. Without growth in the minimum wage, thatís how itís done in Tom Emmerís Minnesota.
Visit Tom Emmers Minnesota at www.tomemmersmn.org
With the over 9% income tax Mark Dayton would sign, you'll see the disappearing upper class. Sure, check cashers and state employees couldn't care less how high taxes go, but what of the people that actually write those checks, the 20,000 or so Minnesotans that really get nailed? Really, they won't react?
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Emmers Minnesota wrote:
The Great Disappearing Middle Class
A great historical moment to track in Tom Emmerís Minnesota is the shrinking of the middle class. Once the backbone of a state that was the model for the nation, Tom Emmerís Minnesota now offers visitors the chance to see what large class divisions mean for a state.
Visiting a mailbox on tax day is a common tourist attraction to witness firsthand how the large majority of Minnesotans pay 12% of their income in taxes, while the wealthiest get off easy, paying just 9.6%.
After swinging by the post office, take a drive down any Main Street left in Tom Emmerís Minnesota and ask a local about their property taxes for a scary tale. Itís a hair-raising conversation every visitor should have.
Since 1999 property taxes have gone up a whopping 63% with cuts to local governments, schools, and transportation all fueling a huge spike. In Tom Emmerís Minnesota, taxes are regressively pushed on to the middle class and homeowners.
Once youíve given the local homeowner the proper ďMinnesota goodbye,Ē swing out to Brainerd to see one of the highest unemployment rates in cities with over 10,000 people. In Tom Emmerís Minnesota, even if you have a job, chances are you might need two, three or even four to make ends meet. Without growth in the minimum wage, thatís how itís done in Tom Emmerís Minnesota.
Visit Tom Emmers Minnesota at www.tomemmersmn.org
We are where we are at because of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL). Tax and tax until there is no more to tax. Dayton now wants to tax some more. They just don't get how to grow the economy.
Slim

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I see the Bots have come to hijack the thread.
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More Emmer Follies wrote:
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People have said that for years, and it hasn't happened. Most Minnesotans appreciate the quality of life and standard of living in Minnesota, and are willing to pay higher taxes for it.
Those of you that don't appreciate our great state should consider moving to South Dakota or Mississippi. You'll like it there.
I know the drill, the comparisons to South Dakota and daring people to leave. I left for Texas. I saved $62,000 in income tax last year. See, the quality of life in MN isn't created by government; it isn't bought with taxes and in any event,$62,000 is kinda steep for a park sticker (what I'd get out of it). People don't usually just pull up and leave, there's more inertia than that. But their kids do. They decide to make a life somewhere else after years of listening to their parents talk about being exploited for taxes. Just saying, but it's a thin crowd that the fiscal house is built on. And once you start to make cracks, look out below.
Jimmy5

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Aug 29, 2010
 
Can we keep the politics OFF this thread please?\
Fercryinoutloud!
What the heck

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I thought this was an article about a slide. You people need to get a life.
Servers Against Emmer

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GOP candidate for governor Tom Emmer has had some interesting things to say about wages in Minnesota's service industry. On his latest Tea Party tour, Emmer said that he would fight to make tips count toward the hourly pay for minimum wage since servers are making $100,000 per year with tips.

Where are these mythical six-figure jobs that supposedly benefit waiters, bartenders. barristas and other service-based staff who work for tips? Certainly not in Minnesota.

The Facts:

The average yearly earnings (including tips) for waiters and waitresses is $22,730. Bartenders make an average of $20,390.[Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 7/6/10]

Wages around the state vary, but servers would be hurt by Emmer's wage cut

"The median wage for the 45,000 waiters and waitresses in the state is $9.36 an hour, including tips, meaning that if a server is working full time, he or she could make a little more than $19,000 a year. In the Twin Cities, servers do a little better ó the median hourly wage is $10.57. But the waiter in southwestern Minnesota is being paid less than $8 an hour, including tips, according to the state's statistics. These numbers are better than the national average, but certainly not high enough to keep a family out of poverty and, of course, not anywhere near that $100,000 number Emmer was talking about.

More info at www.serversagainsttomemmer.com
Embittered

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The Stacey mentioned in this article is a superficial, arrogant snob(as is her husband). They're naught but greedy, joyless people, and have even admitted to wishing not for the joy of fairgoers and their kids, but for the easy $1,000,000 they rake in every fair year.
Cindy Stainker

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Aug 30, 2010
 
In all the years I have been going to the fair I have never been down the giant slide. Jeffy T in Mpls I love your comment, ROFL!

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