+ The Minnesota State Fair announced some of its headliners, including Bonnie Raitt, Alan Jackson and KISS.
+ The Minnesota Zoo announced its Music in the Zoo series.
+ Surly & Summit? Pearson's Salted Nut Roll? Yes please. Thanks Twins!
+ Starting this fall, for $5/month you can attend as many St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts as you want.
+ Pizzeria Lola made an appearance on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. I think Guy likes Minnesota; he's here a lot. What's not to love?
+ Sofitel hotels will start offering a new French kids TV channel.
+ Have you seen Mall of America's new Wall of Fame?
+ If you're a planner or vendor up in the Duluth area, don't miss this Social Media Marketing Conference.
+ The final beam went up on the Radisson Blu this week!
+ Finally, the US Travel Association's "Vote Travel" bus made a stop at Mall of America Wednesday (see picture), just one of its stops in 37 cities around the country to promote the national travel industry.
-- Amanda Fretheim Gates